22nd March 2019
Today, the Scottish Government released the first set of Ecosystem Service Accounts for Scotland. These accounts, produced by the Office for National Statistics, provide the first comprehensive assessment of Scotland’s natural capital and includes information on 10 ecosystem services:
These accounts contain estimates of the quantity and value of services being supplied by Scottish natural capital, but do not incorporate all ecosystem services. Therefore, the monetary accounts should be interpreted as a partial or minimum value of Scottish natural capital.
The Scottish Forum on Natural Capital welcomes the publication of these accounts as an important step forward in our understanding of the value of Scotland’s natural capital.
These figures demonstrate many of the tangible benefits provided by the natural environment. These include helping to reduce the impact of climate change, removing harmful pollutants from the air, and providing spaces for recreation and personal enrichment.
We hope these accounts are given as much prominence as traditional economic accounts. The information provided should be used by decision-makers in the public sector to effectively manage and invest in Scotland’s natural assets for the betterment of society, the economy and nature.
The full accounts can be accessed here.