Natural Capital

There are five types of sustainable capital from where we derive the goods and services we need to improve the quality of our lives. The Five Capitals are explained on the 'Forum for the Future' webpage Five Capitals on Forum for the Future

The following information is from this source:

Natural Capital is any stock or flow of energy and material that produces goods and services. It includes:

  • Resources - renewable and non-renewable materials
  • Sinks - that absorb, neutralise or recycle wastes
  • Processes - such as climate regulation

Natural capital is the basis not only of production but of life itself!

If capital is invested in sustainable development then this would be reflected in natural capital in the following way;

  • In their extraction and use, substances taken from the earth do not exceed the environment's capacity to disperse, absorb, recycle or otherwise neutralise their harmful effects (to humans and/or the environment)
  • In their manufacture and use, artificial substances do not exceed the environment's capacity to disperse, absorb, recycle or otherwise neutralise their harmful effects (to humans and/or the environment)
  • The capacity of the environment to provide ecological system integrity, biological diversity and productivity is protected or enhanced

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