The Natural Captial Committee's second State of Natural Capital report identifies economic gains from increased fish stocks

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 11 March 2014

The Natural Captial Committee’s second State of Natural Capital report identifies economic gains from increased fish stocks MCS says the Committee’s call for a long term framework to improve the health of our natural environment, and the Committee’s recognition that failure to do will result in society losing out on enormous benefits is to be welcomed.

The Natural Captial Committee’s second State of Natural Capital report identifies economic gains from increased fish stocks MCS says the Committee’s call for a long term framework to improve the health of our natural environment, and the Committee’s recognition that failure to do will result in society losing out on enormous benefits is to be welcomed. The National Captial Committee was set up following the 2011 Natural Environment White Paper, which pledge to leave ‘the natural environment of England in a better state than it inherited.’ The report also said that the solutions may lie not just with regulatory and technological measures but also with natural capital. There is good evidence from around the world that the establishment of marine protected areas and no-take zones can often help stocks of commercially important fish recover. MCS Policy and Parliamentary Officer, Tom Hickey, says: “At a time when economic growth is at the forefront of politician’s minds, the NCC’s report highlights again the need for decision-makers to take proper account of the vast benefits of a healthy and well managed environment. Failure to do so will not only result in society not realizing the full potential of these benefits, but ensure that growth continues to come at the expense of further degradation of our natural assets.” Tom added: “This short-termism of “growth Ø or “the environment Ø is entirely redundant. Through our long standing campaign for full a network of Marine Protected Areas around the UK, we have stressed to Government the benefits that better protection and management of our marine environment can bring. Well-managed MPAs, that prohibit destructive practices or development likely to destroy marine habitats and species, will act as ecological bank accounts - where the “capital Ø is protected by ensuring that only low impact, sustainable activities can occur within an MPA, and the benefits of the “interest Ø through overspill of species can benefit others. Ø You can read the full report here:

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