“Natural capital is the stock of both renewable and non-renewable resources (e.g.: plants, animals, air, water, land, minerals) that combine to yield a flow of benefits to people”, as defined by the Natural Capital Coalition.
These resources provide services -known as ecosystem services (EE.SS.) – such as air and water filtration, food production, pollination, climate and erosion control and recreational areas, which are essential to humankind´s well-being.
Natural capital, in addition to financial, human, social, manufactured and relational capitals, is commonly acknowledged as one of them: all are intertwined and cannot be isolated from one another.