What nature can do for you

A practical introduction to making the most of natural services, assets and resources in policy and decision making.



This guide is designed to help policy makers across Government to understand:

  • The value of what nature does for you now,
  • The costs and risks we are leaving ourselves open to if we fail to take the value of its services into account in our decisions,
  • How you can work with natural systems to help you deliver efficiently in the future.

The guide is focussed on helping policy makers to put this into practice and includes:

  • A clear explanation of the principles of an ecosystems approach
  • Details on how an ecosystems approach can help policy makers to take account of the value of the natural environment at every stage of the policy making process
  • 1 hour of essential reading to help readers quickly get up to speed on this issue
  • A ‘self-assessment’ to help policy makers to see how they are doing already and what could be gained by doing more to understand how the natural environment interacts with their policy issue
  • Sign-posting to a range of detailed resources, case-studies and further reading on specific topics such as valuation and systematic thinking.