Natural capital is a term for aspects of the natural world, like water, soil and biodiversity that provide benefits to society. For example, soil and water are vital to grow crops and bees and other insects to pollinate them.
We know that we depend on the natural world, especially to provide the water we take water to put into supply. We also know that we have an impact when we return water to the environment or build new pipelines.
Understanding these dependencies and impacts more will help us make better decisions and help to protect natural capital around our region.
We worked with researchers at the University of East Anglia through the Centre for Water Studies to develop a register of the natural capital found in our region and to consider some of the pressures on it.