Q&A from: A natural capital approach in practice: Lessons from the North Devon Landscape Pioneer

Thanks for all of your questions and chat comments during the webinar.

There isn’t enough time to answer them all in turn but there were a few key themes:

Evidence / valuation

To find out more about exactly what evidence we were able to find, and what we were able to value please have a look at the evidence annex which is published alongside the Natural Capital Strategy here.

Financial mapping

The report and method will be published in mid-February. If you would like to be notified when it is available please email Alice Lord (alice.lord@naturalengland.org.uk).

Natural Capital Strategy / priorities

Marine was included in our evidence base and prioritisation exercise, but didn’t come up as a top 8 priority during our process. As the Marine Pioneer covered the marine extent of the Biosphere it also was focused on there. Many of the partners were involved in both Pioneers. However, the four priorities (water quality, carbon sequestration & storage, flooding and tourism) cover land, coastal and marine in their solutions which could be implemented (eg saltmarsh creation, jet ski codes of conduct to reduce marine disturbance).

You can read more about the Strategy and the priorities here. This Strategy is the first step, the Biosphere is now combining this with the Marine Pioneer outputs to create an Action Plan, this is where spatial prioritisation of actions would fit in.

Strategic issues

Root cause analysis helped us move from 1 habitat delivering 1 ecosystem service (our habitat-ecosystem service pairs) to a much wider system-view of the environment and reasons for poor condition. So whilst we started with 1 habitat and 1 ecosystem service the causal chain covers the wider system which impacts on that habitat and its ability to provide ecosystem services more generally. You can read more about this in the Root Cause Analysis report here.


The priorities in the Strategy are most likely to be funded by public money, or other traditional funding routes because they are providing public goods (eg Heritage Lottery Funding, ELM, CSF etc). But we explored if there was an opportunity for innovative / private funding through our Investment Opportunities report. This goes into more detail about who might fund each idea and how. You can read it here.

Lessons Learned

If you want to read about lessons learned overall, or on each step in the process in more detail then please have a read of the report here.