Projects Newforesight

Building Blocks for an Enabling Environment for Natural Capital

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs looks to create an enabling environment that stimulates private and public organizations to include natural capital in their decision-making procedures. The Ministry believes that a systems lens and transitional thinking should be included to strengthen the discussion and find opportunities for implementation.

We supported the Ministry in defining the building blocks for an enabling environment for natural capital based on our earlier work for RVO, as well as helped to communicate this among relevant stakeholders. These building blocks were intended as a contribution to a joint paper on natural capital through a systems lens, called The Natural Capital Coalition. In two separate workshops hosted by The Natural Capital Coalition and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, we contributed with NewForesight thinking on systems and sustainable sector transformations.

The synthesis of our thinking and insights were used by the Ministry as input for the World Forum on Natural Capital on 23-24 November 2015 in Edinburgh, where leaders from businesses, government and NGO assembled to discuss integration of natural capital in their respective fields.