Scottish Natural Heritage Natural Capital Accounts


Title: Testing a natural capital approach on SNH land

Client: Scottish Natural Heritage

Year: 2019

Service area(s): natural capital accounting

Country/Region: Scotland

About the project:

We worked with SNH to test natural capital accounting approach for the land they own or substantially manage as National Nature Reserves. The natural capital balance sheet includes the following benefits: food, energy, carbon sequestration, air quality, physical health, recreation & tourism, education & volunteering and wildlife.

The annual benefits are estimated at £28 million which is a conservative estimate as many benefits (such as flood risk management) are not covered.

But even this conservative estimate shows that the benefits are 8 times the "cost" of maintenance. In fact, we should really call this “investment” in maintenance.
Summary and full reports can be downloaded from here.