Atlas of Natural Capital Newsletter

3rd Edition, November 2017

The Dutch Atlas of Natural Capital (ANK) is the unique national collection of digital maps about the Netherlands' natural riches. It also contains up-to-date information and inspiring ideas about how we can use our natural capital sustainably. Our dot on the horizon is the economic valuation of ecosystem services.

International students at work

Avans University of Applied Science students work on monitoring and management strategies for ‘Loonse en Drunense Duinen'. This unique area is threatened by vegetation spreading.

Nature-based flood management

Natural water-retention measures are a key example of how green infrastructure can work alongside traditional grey infrastructure (e.g. flood gates). But there are barriers to widespread benefits and trade-offs.

Ecosystem services provided by Canadian forests

Although Canada is home to ten percent of the world's forests, in some areas the original vegetation is disappearing more rapidly than in Haiti or Indonesia, the countries usually referred to in this context. More attention is now being focused on the value of the natural capital.


On the relationship between nature and society

In the beginning of May the international conference entitled ‘Nature and society: synergies, conflicts, trade-offs' took place in Ghent (Belgium). The participants wanted to achieve a better understanding of conflicts in the relationship between humans and nature, and find practical solutions which would lead to more sustainable relationships. The presentations are now available online.

Photo: logo ALTER-Net

Working with respect for natural capital

The Natural Capital Protocol (NCP) was launched in June. It is a practical, standardised approach for companies that want to take account of the impact of their activities on natural capital when taking decisions.


New maps on the Atlas of Natural Capital

How green is your neighbourhood? Since this spring, all trees, bushes and low vegetation in the Netherlands have been made visible in the Dutch Atlas of Natural Capital. There are also three new maps on pollination and cooling in the cities. A further thirteen maps are available on the extraction of drinking water and groundwater protection.

Practical examples 

The Dutch Atlas of Natural Capital offers not only maps but also information and operational perspectives about how to make sustainable use of the natural capital, in other words how we can use those natural processes more efficiently and sustainably. A lot can be learned from the practical examples. Allow yourself to be inspired!

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The Atlas of Natural Capital newsletter is published every three months under the responsibility of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment [Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu] (RIVM).

Photos: National Photo Database [Nationale Beeldbank] and others.