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EditPhoto Description:Accounting for the benefits that nature provides
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The wealth of a nation or a business is more than just what its people can produce.

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EditItem Text:The value of “natural capital” — the services that nature provides, including fresh water, flood control and forest products — is just as important, and often overlooked.
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EditItem Text:Natural capital supports human and financial capital: When climate change, overpopulation or pollution threatens nature, societies and economies are threatened, too.​ Natural capital has long been considered “free,” which causes the benefits that nature provides to be taken for granted and used at a rate that the Earth cannot replenish.
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EditItem Text:Conservation International (CI) is helping governments and businesses quantify our reliance and impact on natural capital to ensure it is managed well for future generations.
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EditQuote Text (Do not add quotation marks):Poverty will only be made history when nature enters economic calculations in the same way that buildings, machines and roads do.
EditQuote Attribution:Partha Dasgupta
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EditItem Text:Knowing the economic value of nature’s benefits can make the contribution of nature to livelihoods and economies visible, enabling smarter decisions that account for nature in our economic systems and ensuring that it can continue to sustain us.
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EditItem Text:Both the public and the private sectors stand to gain from valuing the natural capital they depend on. Valuing natural capital enables governments to account for nature’s role in the economy and human well-being. For businesses, it enables efficiency, sustainability, and managing risks in their supply chains.
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EditItem Text:For the public sector, CI has developed an accounting system that can help governments calculate exactly how nature supports their economies. For the private sector, CI helped create a groundbreaking guide for businesses to understand how nature fits into their balance sheets.
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For Governments:

Ecosystem Values and Accounting

Natural capital accounting helps policymakers understand the dependence of economic development on natural resources, both for supplying materials and services as well as for absorbing waste and pollution. CI’s Ecosystem Values and Accounting (EVA) system helps place a price tag on an ecosystem’s “goods.”

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Edit Text: EVA provides a framework to quantify a region’s individual resources and how each resource flows, or works to provide services, within a community or country. To determine the monetary worth of fresh water, for example, CI’s EVA analysts add up the end values of the crops the water irrigates, the manufactured products that use it, the energy its flow generates through hydroelectric dams, and how it supports local households. Aggregating this information gives a more complete picture of a country’s water wealth.
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Edit Text: In the San Martín region of Peru, an EVA pilot project calculated the value of some environmental goods — including timber, firewood, water and others — to the region’s economy, conservatively, to be US$ 58 million.
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For Businesses:

Natural Capital Protocol

CI helped develop the Natural Capital Protocol, which provides a standardized framework for businesses to identify, measure and value their direct and indirect impacts and dependencies on natural capital, from the sourcing of raw materials to more efficient use of water.

View the Protocol on the Natural Capital Coalition’s website

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Edit Text: The Protocol can generate credible and actionable information to help businesses measure and value their impacts and dependencies on natural capital, enabling them to integrate nature into their operations. The Protocol can be used by any business, in any sector and in any geography, to make smarter decisions.
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Edit Text: Launched in July 2016, the Protocol was developed with the support of more than 50 companies including Dow, Coca-Cola, Hugo Boss, Nestle, Roche and Shell. The Protocol is the latest example of CI’s long history of working with companies to minimize their environmental footprints.
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Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa

The Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa is an African-led initiative of countries committed to a new model of development that brings the value of natural resources to the center of all economic decision-making, and takes into account the vital role natural capital plays in promoting sustainable development.

Learn more about the Gaborone Declaration

EVA in Liberia

CI’s EVA team, in collaboration with the government of Liberia, is gathering data with plans to apply what it has learned about ecosystem accounting at the national level. The goal: to determine and quantify the value that nature provides Liberia and inform the West African nation’s policy and development planning.

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EditSection Title:Still confused about natural capital? This video can help
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    The World Business Council on Sustainable Development explains why businesses need to account for their natural capital.


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    EditImage Alt Text: Jonathan Dabo, Gabriel Appiah and Benson Owusu discuss fieldwork plans at CSIR headquarters. © Benjamin Drummond
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