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Natural Capital

  • By: Mary Finley-Brook
  • In: Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: Nevin Cohen & Paul Robbins
  • Subject:Sustainability, Environmental Policy & Law (general)

Natural capital is a term utilized to identify the economic value of natural resource stocks and environmental processes that yield goods and services. Maintaining natural capital through wise, productive, and efficient use of resources is considered essential to ecological sustainability, but is also argued to be able to positively contribute to an individual, firm, or state's income earning potential. Natural capital has become a core green business theme, as demonstrated through the use of the term to unify ecologically responsible consumers, nonprofit organizations, green firms, and sustainability consultants within various online communities and interactive web spaces.

Capital is considered to be a stock of materials or information that exists at a period of time and that can yield a flow of valuable goods and services into ...

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