Nature, Natural Capital & Biodiversity

Nature and the wide range of ecosystem services that it provides, are fundamental to our societies, economies, and human existence. Historically the value of nature and biodiversity has not been priced into our economies, and consequently, human activity has led to its significant decline globally. The current decline of natural capital poses a substantial risk to business operations and the global economy, with a significant amount of global GDP highly dependent upon nature and the natural environment. Fortunately, a renewed focus on environmental sustainability in business is driving change that seeks to address this decline and build a more sustainable future for everyone.

Natural Capital Overview

Nature & Biodiversity loss is already impacting our economies and it is increasingly recognised that businesses need to understand their impacts and dependencies upon nature; together with understanding the risks that this presents and the potential opportunities arising from having a better understanding of their interface with nature and biodiversity. There is also an increasing need to engage with stakeholders and report and disclose this information through a range of market led frameworks, legal requirements and ESG (environmental, social and governance) reporting initiatives.

SLR supports businesses in understanding their interface with nature, developing strategies and actions to drive change and to meet the increasing requirement to report, disclose and demonstrate a positive engagement with nature.

Our goal is to enable businesses to implement robust, science-based actions to reduce their nature-related business risks and improve outcomes for biodiversity on their sites, in their supply chain and beyond. Ultimately, our wider aim is to be a significant part of the drive for real change that brings about the protection and enhancement of all components of nature.

Nature, Natural Capital & Biodiversity Related Capabilities

Nature-based Disclosure

Reporting on impacts and dependencies upon nature and natural capital through a range of frameworks, including Taskforce on Nature-based Financial Disclosure (TNFD), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP biodiversity module) and Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD biodiversity module), GRI, ISSB SBTN etc.

Natural Capital Strategy

Developing broad ranging Nature, Natural Capital & Biodiversity strategies around impacts and dependencies for existing operations, supply chains and external conservation/ nature projects to underpin business culture and to align with reporting and disclosure requirements. Includes capacity building, training and education.

Natural Capital & Ecosystem Services Valuation

Undertaking specific unit or monetary valuation of natural capital assets and ecosystem service flows.

Nature-based Solutions

Developing projects and schemes which provide restorative benefits and natural solutions as an alternative to engineered solutions, and to help address nature loss and climate change impacts. This includes the development of solutions for improved air quality, water quality, carbon sequestration, soil remediation, drainage, flood risk, and more.

Nature Positive

Advising on biodiversity net gain, environmental net gain and other metrics, calculation of metric scoring, biodiversity credit schemes and project implementation.

Nature, Natural Capital & Biodiversity Projects

  • Project

    Europe

    SigmaRoc PLC

    Mining & Minerals

    Resources & reserves, technical, and environmental due diligence - lime operations


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    Scotland

    Confidential - Investment

    Manufacturing & Industry

    Biodiversity credits for the voluntary market


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    Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA

    The Nature Conservancy / Town of Bridgewater, MA

    Infrastructure

    High Street Dam removal and Bridge replacement


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    New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland, Australia

    ProTen Pty Ltd

    Manufacturing & Industry

    Lead consultant for ProTen Broiler Poultry Farms


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    Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, New Zealand

    Ponui Aquaculture Ltd, co-owned by Auckland iwi Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki

    Manufacturing & Industry

    Ecological Assessments and Monitoring for the Ponui Island Marine Farm


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    Bethania, Queensland, Australia

    CHP Projects

    Built Environment

    Bethania Development Project


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    Tumut, New South Wales, Australia

    Allspec and Associates

    Built Environment

    Bellettes Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment


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    Buller District, New Zealand

    Bathurst Resources (Buller Coal)

    Mining & Minerals

    Buller Coal Escarpment Mine - Operations Management plans


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    Major Urban Centre, Australia

    Confidential

    Built Environment

    Metro Rail Emergency Ventilation Smoke Impact Studies


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    New South Wales, Australia

    Peabody Coal

    Mining & Minerals

    Bombo Quarry masterplan


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    Queensland, Australia

    Brisbane Airport Corporation

    Infrastructure

    Brisbane Airport new parallel runway


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    Northwest Scotland

    Assynt Development Trust

    NW2045 Natural capital baseline assessment


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    UK

    Plantlife International and WWF

    Government & Communities

    UK grassland trends and ecosystem service delivery


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    New South Wales, Australia

    Confidential

    Mining & Minerals

    Assessing groundwater dependence of River Oak community


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    Port Hedland, Western Australia, Australia

    Consolidated Minerals

    Mining & Minerals

    Woodie Woodie Manganese Mine environmental approvals


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    New South Wales, Australia

    Kiama Municipal Council

    Infrastructure

    Bombo Headland Path environmental assessment


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    UK

    Confidential

    Manufacturing & Industry

    Natural Capital awareness and training


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    New Zealand

    Confidential

    Power, Renewables & Energy

    Baseline monitoring programme - offshore exploration drilling


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    Northern Territory, Australia

    Vista Gold

    Mining & Minerals

    Mt Todd project Gouldian Finch management


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    New South Wales, Australia

    Confidential

    Power, Renewables & Energy

    New South Wales proposed solar farm


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    Queensland, Australia

    Confidential

    Infrastructure

    Baseline flora and fauna surveys for proposed train load out facility


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    Edinburgh, UK

    Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

    Manufacturing & Industry

    Edinburgh Zoo anaerobic digestion feasibility study


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