Natuurlijk Kapitaal Nederland | natuur & economie verbinden

About Natural Capital Netherlands

One of the Dutch Government’s aims is a nature policy in which nature and economics can reinforce one another (The Natural Way Forward: Government Vision 2014); instead of protecting nature from society, it rather protects nature with society. A development that fits in with an age in which the general public and the private sector are increasingly being asked to do more, while government is increasingly restricting itself to a purely facilitating role. PBL’s Natural Capital Netherlands (NKN) programme aims to identify suitable tools that will enable government bodies and businesses to include nature in their decision-making

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)

The Netherlands is not alone in this. The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study by the United Nations has put the economic value of nature on the agenda. Countries all over the world, including the Netherlands, have since got to work on their own national TEEB studies. Activities which all contribute to increasing knowledge, developing methodologies and increasing awareness.

Tools for businesses and government bodies

Natural Capital Netherlands goes one step further. PBL has developed practical tools for making investments and policy decisions whereby nature and economics reinforce one another. The programme has thus been devised for government authorities, the commercial sector and civic organisations. The tools provide insight into the opportunities (spatial and otherwise) for solutions that include nature and the critical factors in achieving these solutions. For example, removing obstacles in legislation, organisational structures which promote effective cooperation, or the acquisition of the required knowledge.

More information

  • What is meant by the term natural capital?
  • What do nature and economics have to do with each other?
  • What is the relationship between TEEB and Natural Capital Netherlands?
  • What is the conceptual model behind NKN?