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Final report Natural Capital Netherlands

Overview of NCN case studies:


The results below provide the building blocks for the Natural Capital Netherlands final report (above).

Economic chains practical project

Integrating timber ecosystem services into the tropical timber value chain

Certification systems, like FSC, appear to provide a useful instrument for integrating ecosystem services into the governance of the value chain for tropical timber. The term ecosystem services then requires a specific and practical definition which includes not just economic value but also value to society.

Ecosystem services and the production of tropical timber

When comparing conventional and sustainable production of timber the inclusion of ecosystem services – such as water management and natural wild products – may have a decisive impact on the conclusions.

Governance reforms in economic chains for tropical products to protect ecosystem services

Through better governance of international economic chains governments and the market parties can help to protect ecosystem services in tropical regions.

Common Agricultural Policy practical project

The suitability of the Natural Capital Netherlands conceptual model for further greening of the CAP

The Natural Capital Netherlands conceptual model offers avenues for the further greening of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020. Ecosystem services which are eligible for support under the CAP are those related to agriculture, such as soil fertility, or which have a public significance, such as landscape.

Delta Programme practical project

Using the Natural Capital Netherlands conceptual model for linking opportunities in the Delta Programme.

In the planning processes for flood protection, the early identification of the economic and ecological benefits of nature-based solutions can result in different decisions being taken. The Natural Capital Netherlands approach – based on identifying, valuing and capturing ecosystem services – provides a suitable method for this.

Brabant Water practical project

Sustainable use of natural capital for clean water in Brabant

The water supply company Brabant Water and farmers have shown that the use of crop protection products can be reduced without loss of harvest yield. One of the measures for this is improving soil quality or rather strengthening the natural capital. This creates both economic and society benefits for farmers and the public sector partners. To safeguard the measures new public-private partnerships are needed focusing on multiple (or shared) forms of value creation.

Lessons from the past

Evaluation of natural climate buffers

Nature can play a part in how areas adapt to the consequences of climate change through services such as water collection and storage. There are good prospects for nature-based solutions of this kind when a conventional approach, like dike strengthening, is either not possible or too costly.

Lessons from 20 years of common hamster policy

The common or European hamster was once a source of conflict between nature and farming. Partly because of the learning approach taken in common hamster policy, this conflict was turned into a synergy. Experimental management revealed, among other things, that management measures can also bring benefits in the form of ecosystem services, such as soil fertility and historic landscape.

Other projects

The relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services

A high level of biodiversity can increase the effectiveness of the ecosystem services of carbon capture, water treatment, soil fertility, natural pest control and crop fertilization.

Discourse analysis of ecosystem services

There is a great deal of confusion about the term ‘ecosystem services’. In joint projects it can help to focus on ‘combining functions’, a concept that is recognizable to many actors.

Existing Nature practical project

Translation in progress.

Natural Capital in a bio-based economy practical project

Translation in progress.

Nature innovation in the food sector practical project

The final results of this project are expected in September 2016.