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Natural Capital in a Nordic context

Status and Challenges in the Decade of Biodiversity

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The report reviews different international approaches for natural capital accounting. The five approaches reviewed are attempts to help create an improved evidence base on the links between biodiversity and ecosystems on the one hand and economic and human wellbeing on the other in view of better informing decision-making in a variety of contexts. The strengths and weaknesses of the approaches are evaluated in the light of the policy goals, institutions and conditions in the Nordic countries. The analysis has been carried out during the period September 2012 – January 2013 by Gaia Consulting Oy and the Institute of European Environmental Policy. The project was commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

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Summary

This report evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most prominent international approaches to natural capital accounting in the light of the policy goals, conditions and institutions in the Nordic countries. The report does not, however, only review approaches that were developed for incorporation of biodiversity and ecosystems in national accounts, but takes a broader view.

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