#50 Understanding Natural Capital

Alison Holt shares:

  • Why putting a price tag on natural services is not only essential for environmental protection, but also for the resilience of individual businesses and the economy at large
  • The relationship between natural capital and ecosystem services through an easy to comprehend financial analogy
  • How an understanding of natural capital can help businesses operate both more efficiently and more sustainably
  • Why all businesses, including those with no obvious connection to land use, have a shared responsibility to manage natural capital
  • Recommendations for how businesses can incorporate natural capital into their decision-making process

Alison Holt is a Director of Natural Capital Solutions. She is an experienced research scientist with expertise in biodiversity and ecosystem services gained from an academic career spanning 17 years.

She has worked as an academic and a consultant developing frameworks for applying the ecosystem services concept in agricultural and marine systems, with a particular interest in how it can inform decision-making for land and water management at catchment scales.

She has also worked on modelling and mapping ecosystem services and biodiversity in urban ecosystems, and alternative ways of capturing the cultural values associated with natural capital.

Alison has a range of interdisciplinary skills, particularly in statistical, social network, stakeholder analyses and GIS mapping. She has presented lectures, organised and run workshops and conferences to exchange knowledge between a range of audiences from academic, policy, business and industry sectors.

“Businesses need to think about their business processes, how their processes can connect with the environment, what resources they are using and basically how they impact on the environment, in order to understand how they can change those processes.”Alison Holt

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