Natural Capital in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Overseas Territories:  Valuation, Vulnerability and Monitoring Change



The UK Overseas Territories are highly dependent on the natural environment for their economic and social wellbeing. The environment provides goods and services of significant cultural and economic value and provides a key role in protecting manmade assets and protecting human life. The natural environment is susceptible to damage from human activities resulting in significant loss of value to the economies of the Territories and an increased risk from natural disasters such as hurricane generated storm surges and flooding.

JNCC embarked on the ‘Natural Capital in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Overseas Territories’ project in late 2016.  The project will provide an assessment of natural capital in the UK’s Caribbean and South Atlantic Overseas Territories, and will build capacity to monitor environmental change and to integrate environmental evidence into economic policy making and infrastructure planning.  The work builds on a body of existing work and techniques supported and pioneered by the UK Government in the two regions.  The project is funded by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF)



A series of reports, one for each Territory, and a final overarching report will be produced.  Additional reports produced during the lifetime of the project (e.g. workshop reports, scoping reports, interim reports) are to be published as part of a series of ‘Supplementary Reports’.CSSF logo


Supplementary reports


South Atlantic

Using radar based terrain mapping to model the vulnerability of 5 UK OTs (3.7Mb) Report on workshops: Natural Capital Assessment in the South Atlantic (2.8 Mb)
Gap analysis of economic valuation studies completed in the Caribbean UK OTs (1.6Mb) Giant kelp 'Blue carbon' storage and sequestration value in the Falkland Islands (2.5Mb)
Scope of a Natural Capital Assessment in the British Virgin Islands (2 Mb)  



last update:   04/08/2017