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Report says acting naturally could help us all.

INVESTING in the natural environment is the best way to ensure future economic growth.

That is the conclusion of a new report from Natural England.

The report, No Charge? Valuing the Natural Environment, shows how the natural environment provides cost effective solutions to growing problems like flood and coastal defence, carbon emissions and the protection of soil, water and air quality.

Natural England says that the vital role the natural world plays in contributing to a thriving economy continues to be undervalued and the report brings together the latest research to show that the economic value of nature now runs to billions of pounds in the UK. The report explains how having a healthy natural environment is indispensable to current and future economic regional prosperity. In the North East the natural environment is already helping to deliver natural solutions to 21st Century problems. Welcoming the report, Rob Aubrook, Natural England regional director for the North East, said: "The evidence is overwhelming: we need to recognise that the ecological solutions provided by the natural environment are amongst the most highly effective and cost-effective ways of tackling a range of environmental, social and economic problems."

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Article Type:Report
Date:Nov 17, 2009
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