Natural Capital Accounting project with West Australian Farmers


RegenWA is partnering with Perth NRM on a research project that will assist farmers in determining the economic value of their greatest asset – their land.

Our farming enterprises are underpinned by ‘natural capital’ which helps to generate ecosystem services for food production. The land management practices of farmers are directly associated with the inherent value and productive capacity (natural capital) of farmland.

We are working with 20 properties across WA to help develop the tools, techniques and measures to create a Natural Capital Accounting framework* that will help guide policy and resources for the agricultural sector.

What is involved in the Natural Capital Accounting project?

We have undertaken on-farm assessments of the ecological assets of each property as well as the collection of farm production data (of up to 5 years). These assessments focused on aspects of:

  • remnant native vegetation, significant flora and fauna, ecological communities and critical habitat
  • ground cover and general biodiversity
  • soil sampling and lab analysis
  • farm produce nutrient testing, inc. chemical analysis

Participants will receive:

  • The results of the ecological assessments from their properties.
  • Combined with production and financial data, each participant will receive a customised Natural Capital Accounting Report, putting the land and management practices back on the balance sheet.

For further information on the NCA project please contact the project manager.

NCA is aligned to the United Nations System of Environmental-Economic accounting used by governments for economic analysis and policy design. 

Project details

CONTENT TYPE: Participate
INDUSTRY: All Industries
START DATE: 1 January 2024

Project contact

David Broadhurst
Senior Manager - Sustainable Agriculture
Perth NRM