New routes to decarbonise land use with Natural Infrastructure Schemes



27 February, 2019


The UK government is currently redesigning its farming support systems and delivering on its Clean Growth Strategy to rapidly decarbonise the economy.

This is an opportunity to set a global example in low carbon land management. In this report, we outline how the Natural Infrastructure Scheme (NIS), a mechanism to lever private money for positive environmental land management, eg for flood prevention and water quality, could also be used to achieve land based carbon reductions.

We argue that offering land based carbon credits alongside other marketable benefits, through the NIS mechanism, will increase both the number of projects that can contribute to climate change mitigation, and the environmental value of privately funded schemes which help to deliver the goals.


Angela Francis
James Elliott



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