The UK NEA has used new approaches to estimate the value of the natural world by taking account of the economic, health and social benefits we get from nature.
While in the past people may have thought that caring for the environment meant extra financial burdens, the UK NEA shows that there are real economic reasons for looking after nature. The NEA also shows that the benefits we get to our health, well being and from the enjoyment of nature have not always been fully appreciated or valued.
The assessment provides values for a range of ecosystem services to help us fully understand the value of the natural environment and how the benefits to individuals and society as a whole can be better protected and preserved for future generations.
Source: United Kingdom National Ecosystem Assessment, Department of environment, food, and rural affairs.
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