The New Economics Foundation (nef) has launched the report:
Natural solutions: Nature’s role in delivering well-being and key policy goals – opportunities for the third sector.
This report provides an overview of the multiple ways in which the natural environment is being used to deliver key society goals. It reveals how organisations with different missions share a common interest in having a healthy environment.
Whilst the report focuses on what goods and services the environment gives us rather than on its intrinsic value, it is not its goal to reinforce an often unhelpful tendency that just views the environment from a utilitarian perspective (i.e. what can the environment do for me?). The value of the environment goes far beyond that. The ultimate goal of the report is to identify interventions to realise the potential of the natural environment through coordinated action by a broad group of organisations.
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation supported Natural Solutions under its Environment theme, which aims to help in the development of a society which benefits from a more sustainable relationship with the natural world and understands the value of its resources.