By providing and enhancing nature-based solutions, the restoration of wild nature can help us address some of society's greatest challenges.
As "nature's engineers", beavers can be useful partners in flood mitigation.
A growing realisation
We all want to live in a world that is vibrant, healthy and prosperous, where we have enough resources to meet our needs, and where our children can look to the future with optimism. Nature, our ally, can help deliver such a world.
Nature-based solutions are actions that work with and enhance wild nature and natural processes to help mitigate and overcome society's challenges. Working with nature can - in a timely and cost effective way - protect us from flooding and coastal erosion, draw down carbon from the atmosphere, stabilise crops, minimise the threat of wildfire, secure drinking water supplies, ensure human health and wellbeing, and drive economic growth.
Amongst people, businesses and institutions, the realisation that nature and nature-based solutions are vital to the long-term health of our planet is rapidly growing. The announcement of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030 earlier this year demonstrates the increasing importance of this concept in international policy circles.
Countering climate change
Mitigating climate change is one area where nature could really play a life-saving role. The rewilding and restoration of our natural landscapes has the potential to remove a huge amount of carbon from the atmosphere. A recent petition on this very subject, signed by over 100,000 people, will be debated in the UK Parliament on October 28.
The more we restore terrestrial and marine ecosystems, the more carbon they can store. According to a 2017 report on natural climate solutions, terrestrial ecosystem restoration could provide at least 37 percent of the greenhouse gas mitigation required if we want a good chance of keeping warming below 2°C until 2030. If marine ecosystems are restored too, this figure could be a lot higher.
"From tree planting to natural flood management, much of our work at Ecosulis already focuses on habitat restoration," says Managing Director Cain Blythe. "With the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration beginning next year, it would be great to see such restorative work scaling up, because it really does offer an unparalleled range of cost effective benefits."
The Ecosulis Natural Asset Framework
Today, underpinned by the philosophy of working with nature, restoration and rewilding offer rewarding and potentially lucrative opportunies for land management. Capturing the zeitgeist, the Ecosulis Natural Asset Framework offers a new, viable and forward-looking alternative to the status quo.
The framework is designed to help land owners, managers and investors derive higher levels of value from the practice of managing and restoring natural areas. Based on innovative natural asset systems thinking, its grounded and systematic approach generates multiple revenue streams, with the provision of nature-based solutions making a significant contribution.
Want to know more?
- View the Ecosulis Natural Asset Framework brochure
- Read the academic paper "Protected Area Asset Stewardship" detailing the logic and components of the Ecosulis Natural Asset Framework
- Read a blog item on natural grazing and climate change mitigation in the UK
For a no obligation discussion about how the Natural Asset Framework might add value to your project or business, please contact Dr. Paul Jepson, Ecosulis Nature Recovery Lead (Paul.Jepson@ecosulis.co.uk / 01225 876 974).