Landowners and farmers are ‘perfectly placed’ to enhance the natural environment and provide better benefits for society, said the CLA. But at what cost and who should pay?
Later today (September 19) rural businesses will meet to discuss opportunities for investing in natural capital up to 2030 and beyond.
The event, Investing in Natural Capital, will see delegates from across the sector, government and academia look to develop ideas for future investment opportunities.
The CLA said properly managing assets like woods, soils and rivers would 'deliver benefits to everyone' but landowners are often faced with a lack of options to adequately fund environmental measures.
CLA senior policy adviser Jonathan Baker said: “Enhancing our natural world is necessary and beneficial to all. However, it requires substantial investment and we need new business models that make environmental measures a strong businesses choice for farmers and other landowners.
“Our seminar is part of an ongoing process. We are looking to identify solutions that incentivise, recognise and reward land management activities that enhance our natural capital for the benefit of society.
Investing in Natural Capital is a precursor to the CLA inaugural Rural Business Conference 2030: Unlocking Investment, Unlocking Potential on December 6.