Debating Nature's Value

The Concept of 'Natural Capital'

  • Victor Anderson

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About this book


The concept of 'Natural Capital' has come to play a central role in current debates about biodiversity and nature conservation. It implies an approach to the natural world based on the valuation of places and species in terms of money. This is, in a variety of ways, both attractive and problematic. 

This edited collection comprehensively discusses the issues raised by the concept of 'Natural Capital', with contributors presenting not only arguments for and against the widespread adoption of the idea, but also viewpoints arguing for nuanced, pragmatic and middle-ground positions.

Victor Anderson is Visiting Professor at the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Previously he was an economist for the UK Sustainable Development Commission and the World Wildlife Fund.


Natural Capital Natural resource economics Environmental economics Conservation biology Global sustainability Monetary value of Natural Capital Economics of nature conservation Ecosystem services Monetisation of biodiversity Eco-philosophy Biodiversity offsetting Net Environmental Gain Economics of land use change Climate economics

Editors and affiliations

  • Victor Anderson
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  1. 1.Global Sustainability InstituteAnglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-99243-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-99244-0
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