Dutch Natural Capital Accounts 2013-2018

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The Natural Capital Accounts (NCA) are a statistical framework, intended to map the relationship between nature, economy and human activities in a transparent and internationally comparable manner.

For this purpose, nature is divided into ecosystems, e.g. forest, heathland, natural grassland, but also built-up areas and parks and public gardens. The NCA describe the size and environmental quality of the ecosystems and the ecosystem services they provide within a system of accounts in accordance with methods, concepts and definitions that are consistent with the System of National Accounts (SNA) and the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA).

This report provides detailed information on the data sources used, methodologies and models applied to compile the Dutch Natural Capital Accounts. Accounts have been compiled for the following components of the NCA: size of ecosystem, environmental quality, carbon balance, physical ecosystem services, monetary ecosystem services and asset values. This research was funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and was conducted in collaboration with Wageningen University and Research (WUR).