Natural Capital is the world’s stock of natural resources such as forests, rivers, land, minerals and oceans. The Government’s ex-advisory body, the Natural Capital Committee cited, amongst others, the following strategies as providing strong economic benefit: woodland planting, peatland restoration, wetland creation, commercial fish stock restoration, intertidal habitat creation and development of urban open spaces. The counter-argument is that putting economic value on nature could lead to its destruction.
- Professor Dieter Helm CBE, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Oxford and former chair of the Natural Capital Committee;
- Tony Juniper, environmental campaigner
- Professor Peter Matthews OBE, Chair, Society for the Environment and Chair, Natural Resources, Wales;
- Martin Spray CBE, Chief Executive, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
- Chair: Pamela Castle