Natural Capital

Natural capital is a collection of the world's “environmental assets” that provide benefits to people, such as land, forests, water, soil, air, minerals and oceans. Natural capital identifies and places a value upon these assets. 

Natural Capital User Guide

This guide will help you understand and use the award-winning Natural Capital tools that have been specially developed for Greater Manchester. We know there are lots of tools and resources out there that can sometimes be overwhelming and confusing. This guide helps you to understand and use the tools and provides further reading materials as well as case studies of how the tools are being used by partners, land managers and community groups.

Natural Capital User Guide

Natural Capital Investment Plan

Greater Manchester is the first city-region in the UK to develop a Natural Capital Investment Plan - a plan that will help us encourage investment in our natural environment to secure financial and social returns. The plan has been developed as a result of the Mayor's 2019 Green Summit. The development of innovative finance models to support natural capital investment is a key aim of the Greater Manchester Urban Pioneer programme.

Natural Capital Investment Plan - launch conference (external website, opens in a new tab)

Read about the Natural Capital Investment Plan (external website, opens in a new tab)

Natural Capital Investment Plan - summary (Issuu - external website, opens in a new tab)

Natural Capital Investment Plan - full version (Issuu - external website, opens in a new tab)

Connect with nature

Greater Manchester's Local Nature Partnership – Natural Capital Group – has launched a new website to help people get closer to nature and make the most of Greater Manchester’s natural green spaces. The site includes info on local walks, volunteering opportunities and local nature events. 

Nature Greater Manchester (opens in a new tab)


The RESIN project is bringing European cities and scientists together to investigate climate resilience and develop more effective strategies. The project combines existing approaches to climate change and disaster risk assessment to develop guidelines that can used by project cities and ultimately shared with a wider circle of cities. It is an interdisciplinary research project investigating climate resilience in European cities, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union. The consortium includes core cities (Manchester, Bratislava, Bilbao and Paris) and research partners.

Each project research institution works closely with its local city to together develop tools to support cities in designing and implementing climate adaptation strategies for their local contexts. Greater Manchester is working closely with the University of Manchester. Cooperation between researchers and cities functions in a cycle of development, pilot trials and evaluation. Workshops are held in each project city to share knowledge with partners from the project cities and their stakeholders.

RESIN project (external website, opens in a new tab)

City of Trees

City of Trees is an innovative and exciting movement set to re-invigorate Greater Manchester’s landscape by transforming underused, unloved woodland and planting a tree for every man, woman and child who lives there, within a generation.

City of Trees (external website, opens in a new tab)