Our aim

Our aim is to research and build ecosystem markets to meet net-zero targets and reverse biodiversity decline. We will do this while supporting thriving rural communities through regenerative agriculture and conservation.

We strive to show how Scotland's natural capital is essential to addressing UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our work also focuses on advancing the fundamental interdisciplinary science of ecosystem services, and informing decision makers on the restoration of natural capital and its sustainable use.

Thriving Natural Capital Podcast

Discussions and conversations around how Scottish businesses can succeed in the ever-changing natural economy. Learn about how new and existing businesses are succeeding, evolving and innovating.

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In the news

New projects to develop ecosystem markets

Researchers at SRUC have won a share of £300k in funding for three projects to develop new carbon markets for regenerative agriculture, saltmarsh restoration and lowland peatlands.

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Hannah Rudman on Finance for Nature conference at COP26

The conference was in partnership with The Scottish Government, the United Nations Development Programme, Global Ethical Finance Initiative, Global Canopy, and Nature4Climate.

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Tackling climate risk to tropical peatlands

An international team of researchers is looking to tackle climate risks to tropical peatlands, which are recognised as “the world’s most important terrestrial carbon store”.

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Digital potential of a sustainable natural economy

The role of digital in securing a green rural economy was the focus of a joint virtual conference being held by SRUC and Teagasc.

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SRUC appoints first Professor of Rural Entrepreneurship

An academic who plays a key role in the United Nations’ Global Peatland Initiative has been appointed the first Professor of Rural Entrepreneurship at SRUC.

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Making capital from nature

The importance of natural resources – such as clean water and fertile soil – for food and drink businesses is the focus of new research being led by SRUC.

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Find out more about our services

Research services

Our work addresses health and productivity in animals, animal welfare and crops, promotes low carbon farming and increases farm output through efficiency and innovation.

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Vet & laboratory services

Our leading experts provide support to clients in areas animal disease, diagnosis and surveillance.

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SAC Consulting

Our consultants in 25 offices across Scotland and northern England turn research into advice and advantage for business and public sector alike.

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