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Publication Detail
An illustrative application of the CRITINC framework to the UK
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Ekins P, Simon S
  • Publisher:
    ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
  • Publication date:
    03/2003
  • Pagination:
    255, 275
  • Journal:
    ECOL ECON
  • Volume:
    44
  • Issue:
    2-3
  • Print ISSN:
    0921-8009
  • Language:
    EN
  • Keywords:
    framework, critical natural capital, environmental functions, water
  • Addresses:
    Policy Studies Inst
    London
    NW1 3SR
    England

    Open Univ
    Ctr Complex & Change
    Milton Keynes
    MK7 6AA
    Bucks
    England
Abstract
This paper sets out an illustrative application to the UK of a new framework for identifying critical natural capital (CNC). This involves classifying the characteristics of natural capital and the environmental functions to which it gives rise, and then defining. standards of environmental sustainability for these functions. The framework then relates these functions to the economic system, through physical input-output tables, in order to identify the pressures on the functions and hence the extent to which the functions are not being maintained at a sustainable level. The framework is worked though in some detail for water, with less detailed application of it to air, land and habitats. The methodology can be used to identify areas of environmental unsustainability and the processes to which this unsustainability is due, so that policies to more towards sustainability may be more easily identified. (C) 2002 Published by Elsevier Science B.V.
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