Bluebells Hyacinthoides non-scripta, in bloom. Wood of Cree RSPB reserve, Dumfries & Galloway. Scotland.

Wildlife and the Economy

The environment and the economy are highly interconnected.

We know that conservation provides vast and varied life supporting and enhancing benefits to us all.

The environment and the economy

We aim to demonstrate the fundamental importance of these links in campaigning for a broad and thorough approach to sustainable development.

Economic arguments can illustrate the benefits people gain from biodiversity, and ensure policy makers are as informed as possible about the wide-ranging payoffs of conserving our wildlife.

We use such arguments to guard against policies which provide economic incentives for people and businesses to damage the environment. We support policies which work towards environmental sustainability in terms of jobs and other economic opportunities.

Fairy Glen RSPB reserve. Foliage: young leaves back-lit, glow a vivid green. The Black Isle, Ross-shire, near Rosemarkie, Scotland

Campaigning for a better future

Waterfall in forest, Lake Vyrnwy RSPB reserve

Economics plays a crucial role in our conservation policy work. When we propose changes in government policy, it's important to understand the costs and benefits involved and any impacts on the economy.

The economic case for nature

First year arable reversion Winterbourne Downs RSPB reserve (Manor Farm). Wiltshire

Fantastic places for wildlife can also be fantastic places for people. Economics is primarily concerned with human wellbeing and is therefore best placed to make arguments for the environment on this basis.