THE NATURAL CAPITAL LABORATORY

Rewilding is a new and exciting concept, although it isn’t without controversy! To build support for rewilding and species reintroductions, a solid base of scientific evidence is needed as well as real life demonstrations of how rewilding can work in practice.

At the same time there is also a growing demand for Governments and private companies to better account for their environmental and social impacts. And an increasing interest in how new technologies such as AI, drones, and remote sensing can help in measuring and communicating such impacts.

In light of this, The Lifescape Project is partnering with AECOM to set up a ‘Natural Capital Laboratory’. This project involves ‘rewilding’ 100 acres of land in the Highlands of Scotland with an aim to restore native forest, inspire people to connect with the environment, and reintroduce locally extinct species.

Alongside restoration of the site, the Lifescape Project is working with AECOM to run a living laboratory to:

  • Test innovative new approaches for capturing data on social and environmental change such as drones, AI and remote sensing technologies.
  • Develop a ‘capitals accounting framework’ that records, quantifies and values the environmental and social changes on the site.
  • Create engaging ways of communicating the findings and the benefits of rewilding such as virtual reality and digital platforms.

You can check out the site on our Instagram page.

The project is led by Chris White, an Environmental Economist at AECOM. If you want to learn more about this exciting project you can get in touch with Chris at chris.x.white@aecom.com

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