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Quantifying Nature Positive

Version 1 : Received: 28 December 2021 / Approved: 4 January 2022 / Online: 4 January 2022 (15:20:18 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 8 February 2022 / Approved: 9 February 2022 / Online: 9 February 2022 (10:50:06 CET)
Version 3 : Received: 21 April 2022 / Approved: 21 April 2022 / Online: 21 April 2022 (17:37:36 CEST)

How to cite: Vlieg, A.M.; Moazzem, S.; Naiker, D.; Jones, D.G. Quantifying Nature Positive. Preprints 2022, 2022010012. Vlieg, A.M.; Moazzem, S.; Naiker, D.; Jones, D.G. Quantifying Nature Positive. Preprints 2022, 2022010012.


To become mainstream, Nature Positive development needs positive messaging, measures and metrics to guide, plan and assess urban outcomes. With accelerating climate crisis and negative messages getting the upper-hand, it is important to avoid paralysis by bad news. Whilst striving for a nature positive world, more effort should be on moving beyond zero to qualify and quantify benefits, gains and regenerative outcomes instead of around damage and loss sticking points. Life Cycle Benefit Assessment (LCBA) methods measure gains in accelerating regeneration and climate security that enables a good news focus. Its reach beyond negative quantifies and shows positive gain beyond zero loss outcomes. The aims are to clarify concepts, challenges and quantitative methods then review real-world 3rd party Certified nature positive case studies. Climate security, human wellness and resource viability gains inside safe operating space within planetary boundaries are quantified as positive benefits. contrary to conventional Life Impact Cycle Impact Assessment LCBA assigns damage losses as negatives debts and benefit gains as positive savings. It concludes that LCBA remains under development with more research needed to model economic outcomes.


Nature-Positive; Quantified Benefit Assessment; Security; Wellness; Viability; Gain


Environmental and Earth Sciences, Environmental Science

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