1497: Economic evidence for investing in the environment

This paper provides a brief overview of the Natural England Research Report NERR033 ‘Microeconomic Evidence for the Benefits of Investment in the Environment – review’. Future papers will summarise different sections in more detail.

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There are many examples where green infrastructure offers much better value for public investment than the alternative, for example natural water filtration and natural flood defence. Natural climate control is much cheaper than the air-conditioning (or heating) it replaces. Natural air filtering is likely to be efficient compared to technical alternatives, particularly as trees provide so many other benefits. Access to greenspace and the promotion of active travel are extremely cost-effective ways to address Mental and physical ill-health.

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