25 Year Natural Capital Vision

Willenhall Wood

The Trust has been working with Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust and various other partners to develop a Natural Capital Vision for the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

This project, which is funded by players of People's Postcode Lottery, involves outlining a vision where natural capital forms a key part of economic strategy for the new WMCA. Natural capital is the elements of the natural environment which provide valuable goods and services to people, such as clean air, clean water, recreation and physical and mental wellbeing.

The West Midlands Combined Authority is part of the Government's devolution plan to increase decision making at a more local level. It will include seven local authority constituent members including Coventry City Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. Combined authorities are legal bodies with powers of decision making granted by parliament. They are a new way for local authorities to work together on key strategic functions that cross geographic council boundaries and which could be more effectively delivered together rather than separately. Examples include transport, regeneration and skills.

The WMCA has produced a Strategic Economic Plan for the region which sets out a vision for the future. This project aims to demonstrate the importance of integrating natural capital into that vision, ensuring that the natural environment, green infrastructure and open spaces are embedded into the WMCA decision making process.

View the 25 Year Natural Capital Vision for the West Midlands Combined Authority:




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 Gina Rowe, Living Landscapes Manager
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