NATURAL CAPITAL SERVING SOCIETY
IHCantabria investigates the relationship between the status of the ecosystem and its capacity to provide these services. This allows introducing these processes into flood and erosion models and calculating the natural capital of any location in the world. Although it is impossible to completely reduce risks on the coast, the Institute works to ensure that the role played by coastal ecosystems is incorporated into risk management frameworks. This work contributes to the use of green, or natural, solutions to defend the coast, instead of artificial solutions. This benefits conservation policies and helps keep coastal ecosystems in good condition. In collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the World Bank (WB), IHCantabria is developing tools, guidelines and best practices that are leading some countries to incorporate natural capital into their national accounts. As a result, we have analyzed the level of protection provided by coral reefs throughout the world, and, for the Government of the Philippines, the protection offered by mangrove fields. This work, which links basic research with political action, is only possible through a multidisciplinary approach in which physics, engineering, ecology and economics work together to yield an impact that allows us to achieve our sustainability objectives.