Thriving Natural Capital Challenge Centre

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The Thriving Natural Capital Challenge Centre at SRUC enables ecosystem market creation. We show how Scotland's natural capital is essential to addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our work focuses on advancing the fundamental interdisciplinary science of ecosystem services, and informing decision makers on the restoration of natural capital and its sustainable use.

We build ecosystem markets through action research projects to meet net-zero targets and reverse biodiversity decline. We do this while supporting thriving rural communities through regenerative agriculture and conservation, ensuring a just transition.


  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Management Information Systems
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Forestry
  • Soil Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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