Is the Concept of ‘Natural Capital’ Useful?

  • Tom H. OliverEmail author


With growing political momentum and a keen enthusiasm to engage business and finance in environmental management, it is useful to review the merits and pitfalls of a ‘natural capital’ approach to ensure that a sensible trajectory is being pursued. Outlined in this chapter are some recommendations for a nuanced approach to the conceptualisation of ‘natural capital’ which takes into account the benefits and potential risks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of ReadingReadingUK

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