Sustainability Science

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 159–174 | Cite as

Valuing natural capital and ecosystem services: a literature review

  • Moinul Islam
  • Rintaro Yamaguchi
  • Yogi Sugiawan
  • Shunsuke ManagiEmail author
Special Feature: Review Article Future Scenarios for Socio-Ecological Production Landscape and Seascape
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  1. Special Feature: Future Scenarios for Socio-Ecological Production Landscape and Seascape


Literatures on sustainability have developed dramatically over recent decades. These literatures have not only added an enormous number of dimensions, but also have challenged researchers to be able to conduct a comprehensive analysis of sustainability. The excessive use of natural capital (NC) might cause a decrease in sustainability. Depleting a type of NC and substituting it with another form of NC or with produced capital is not sustainable in the strong sense. In this review, we have focused on the importance of NC and ecosystem preservations for sustainable development. We value the NC of 140 nations by adopting the inclusive wealth approach. We also notice the impact of climate change and natural disaster on different geographic regions in the assessment of NC.


Sustainability Inclusive wealth Natural capital Economic development Ecosystem services 



Funding was provided by Grant in Aid from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan (MEXT): Grant in Aid for Specially Promoted Research (26000001).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Moinul Islam
    • 1
    • 3
  • Rintaro Yamaguchi
    • 2
  • Yogi Sugiawan
    • 3
    • 4
  • Shunsuke Managi
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Urban InstituteKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.National Institute for Environmental StudiesTsukubaJapan
  3. 3.Departments of Urban and Environmental EngineeringKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  4. 4.Planning BureauNational Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN)JakartaIndonesia

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