CNCA Infographic: Natural Capital benefits of delivering Biodiversity Net Gain

23 February 2018

Infographic now available:  Natural Capital benefits of delivering Biodiversity Net Gain

Global economic growth and ongoing loss of biodiversity and ecosystems have resulted in increased attention to the high level of dependence of economies on natural systems. Governments and companies worldwide have started working to:

  1. Account for the resulting changes in the stock of natural capital, with methods and terminology documented in the Natural Capital
  2. Set objectives to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by ensuring infrastructure development projects first avoid, minimize and restore on-site their biodiversity impacts, and as a last resort, offset those impacts – the mitigation hierarchy (BBOP Standard on Biodiversity Offsets 2012). 

Yet these efforts to date are not well integrated.  Despite the activity surrounding the Natural Capital Protocol, there has been relatively slow progress in the application of appropriate planning and accounting tools to biodiversity in business. Businesses’ awareness of their dependencies upon natural capital and the flow of services they provide has focused more on water and carbon than biodiversity. 

Forest Trends and eftec are working to correct this by developing and piloting a method to integrate best practices for how infrastructure development can demonstrate a net gain of biodiversity and maintenance of natural capital in a Corporate Natural Capital Accounting (CNCA) balance sheet.  This approach applies biophysical metrics for biodiversity alongside monetary values for other ecosystem services and helps companies to demonstrate credible natural capital accounts particularly with respect to biodiversity. 

Attendees at the 14th meeting of the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme discussed progress on the Corporate Natural Capital Accounting methodology, which was first trialed with Balfour BeattyThis infographic provides an overview of its application to a linear infrastructure upgrade in the UK.

We’re now developing new pilot project and case study opportunities.  If you are interested in learning more about the methodology, developing a case study, or otherwise collaborating on this work, we’d welcome the opportunity to speak further.

Contact: Kerry ten Kate, Director of Forest Trends Biodiversity Initiative, or Patrick Maguire, Program Manager