Natural capital planning is a new and developing area and it became apparent from initial conversations with stakeholders and experts that a number of approaches were being taken forward in the area already, as well as elsewhere, and there was no single recognised approach to taking forward a project like this. Therefore we commissioned an independent specialist to undertake a review into the best approaches and tools for a local natural capital plan. This informed our work on the LNCP and outlined the key steps and elements that will support the creation of local natural capital plans elsewhere.
The review looked at over 80 different natural capital approaches and tools and was steered by the LNCP Technical Group of experts from across consultancies, universities and government bodies. Throughout the review, the LNCP team fed in outputs from our user workshops and our continued stakeholder engagement.