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Developing Urban Natural Capital Accounts for the UK as part of the ONS-Defra 2020 Roadmap - NR0167

The core aim of the project is to scope and produce as far as possible an outline natural capital account for the urban “broad habitat” across the UK. This work will enable Defra and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to make further solid progress in developing a full set of natural capital accounts for the UK, as set out in the 2020 Natural Capital Accounting Roadmap.
1. Produce a scoping study for urban natural capital accounts in the UK: review existing efforts in urban areas, define urban extent, identify key services, establish condition characteristics, assess data and valuation options, conclude on account structure and provide proof-of-concept;

2. Develop a fit for purpose methodology and initial valuation for a minimum of one ecosystem service (associated with urban areas) for which a methodology has not been adequately or separately developed in existing work to date under the Roadmap; and

3. Draw conclusions and make recommendations regarding methodological issues, data gaps, reconciliation with other accounts, potential applications and applicability/replicability of method to individual urban areas.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Urban NC Account Final Report August 2017   (2912k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2016

To: 2017

Cost: £53,715
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Economics For The Environment Consultancy Ltd (EFTEC)
Fields of Study
Ecosystems Approach