CSSF logoNatural 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 well-being. The environment provides goods and services of significant cultural and economic value, and provides a key role in protecting man-made 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, funded by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), in late 2016.  The project  will provide an assessment of natural capital in a number of the UK’s Caribbean and South Atlantic Overseas Territories, and will build capacity to monitor environmental change and integrate environmental evidence into economic policy making and infrastructure planning. 

The project builds on a body of existing work and techniques supported and pioneered by the UK Government in the two regions.   Working with the OT governments, and with a number of research organisations and private sector specialists, the  project will be using economic assessments and analysis, spatial mapping, and satellite data to:

  • assess the economic and social value of the terrestrial and marine natural environment for each of the Territories;
  • identify the priority natural capital assets and metrics (or measurable attributes) to monitor changes in value through time;
  • integrate natural capital valuations into national mapping (GIS) to define the spatial distribution of the assets (value mapping), and to promote the integration of such valuations into planning and policy making.


In addition, the projects place an emphasis on capacity building, skill sharing and knowledge exchange through:

  • On-island or regional training programmes to build long-term capacity in the OTs;
  • Building regional Territory networks to encourage territory to territory support;
  • Development of outreach programmes to cultivate links between the Territories and adjacent islands and states, in order to encourage wider regional exchange of information and ideas, and the development of partnerships and collaborations.



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’.


Supplementary reports


South Atlantic

Using radar based terrain mapping to model the vulnerability of five UK OTs (PDF, 3.7Mb) Report on workshops: Natural Capital Assessment in the South Atlantic (PDF, 2.8Mb)
Gap analysis of economic valuation studies completed in the Caribbean UK OTs (PDF, 1.6Mb) Giant kelp 'Blue carbon' storage and sequestration value in the Falkland Islands (PDF, 2.5Mb)
Scope of a Natural Capital Assessment in the British Virgin Islands (PDF, 2Mb) Ascension Island Natural Capital Assessment (PDF, 2.6Mb)
Assess and validate the vulnerability mapping of the UK’s OTs of Anguilla and BVI to natural hazards, and the value of natural capital in mitigating impacts (PDF, 4.9Mb)