In partnership with the National Trust, we have developed a Natural Infrastructure Scheme (NIS) to lever private money for positive environmental land management. The mechanism was first proposed as a way to deliver ‘slow, clean water’ in places where consortia of farmers and land managers could reduce flood risks or improve water quality by changing the management of their land. Our final report New routes to decarbonise land use investigated how the scheme could also be used to achieve land based carbon reductions.
- New markets for land and nature: how Natural Infrastructure Schemes could pay for a better environment (September 2016)
- Natural Infrastructure Schemes in practice: how to create new markets for ecosystem services from land (September 2017)
- Protecting our assets: using Natural Infrastructure Schemes to support sustainable agriculture (December 2017)
- Funding nature's recovery: how new public spending can unlock private investment (November 2018)
- New routes to decarbonise land use with Natural Infrastructure Schemes (February 2019)
We are continuing to work with the National Trust and partners to develop the concept and trial on the ground.