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Major study reveals the hidden value of UK nature
09.06.2011

The true value of nature can be shown for the very first time thanks to groundbreaking research by hundreds of UK scientists.
The research forms the basis of a major new independent report the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) which reveals that nature is worth billions of pounds to the UK economy. The report strengthens the arguments for protecting and enhancing the environment and will be used by the government to direct policy in future.
The UK NEA has used new approaches to estimate the value of the natural world by taking account of the economic, health and social benefits we get from nature.
While in the past people may have thought that caring for the environment meant extra financial burdens, the UK NEA shows that there are real economic reasons for looking after nature. The NEA also shows that the benefits we get to our health, well being and from the enjoyment of nature have not always been fully appreciated or valued.
The assessment provides values for a range of ecosystem services to help us fully understand the value of the natural environment and how the benefits to individuals and society as a whole can be better protected and preserved for future generations.

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Copies of the synthesis report and the full technical findings are available to download: http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/

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