Our Environment

The environment is the basis of our existence and provides the resources to support life on Earth. The benefits these natural resources provide us are known as ecosystem services.

As the video narrated by David Attenborough highlights, we as humans are part of the environment and we make consciously and unconsciously use of the ecosystem services it provides every day:


The awareness of the importance as well as concern for our environment has been steadily growing over the last few decades. We have increasingly become aware that a focus only on economic development does not meet environmental and social needs. Out of this thinking emerged the idea of sustainable development where all three of those needs should be met in a balanced way.


How can a social capital approach support sustainable development

Social Capital describes inter-relationships between people (networks) which are value-based and build on trust and reciprocity. It therefore has a great impact on our communities and how they are shaped. It can provide a valuable approach for supporting our communities to address environmental, social, and economic needs in an participatory and asset-based ways.


Our Environmental Projects

Social Enterprise and Biosphere Reserve Development

Assist Social Capital has been working actively around establishing Social Enterprise as part of the strategy in Biosphere Reserves towards Sustainable Development. To achieve that aim we are working with partners in Europe, Canada and South-East Asia to develop understanding of the benefits of social capital and social enterprise in and around Biosphere Reserves.

DSC01642As part of a EuroMAB (European Man and the Biosphere Network) Working Group on social enterprise Assist Social Capital  has developed the Social Enterprise and Biosphere Reserve Development Framework and we have attended various regional as well as international Biosphere Reserve meetings to  introduce social enterprise into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. More recently we have also facilitated an international conference on this topic as part of the upcoming Lima Conference.dualSGstacked_Col_screen

Find out more about this project here.

This initiative is supported by the Scottish Government’s International Social Enterprise Programme.

Wester Ross Biosphere

Wester Ross Biosphere ReserveIn May 2015, ASC made a proposal to the Scottish Government's Rural Development Department to carry out an engagement project to explore the option of extending the Biosphere Reserve in Wester Ross.

Read more about this project here.dualSGstacked_Col_screen

This initiative is supported by the Scottish Government.


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UNESCO Biosphere Reserves and the Sustainable Development Goals August – October 2017 191 Answers, 3 Recommendations   Download the full report here: UNESCO Biosphere Reserves & the Sustainable Development Goals Report conclusion Our aims were to provide a platform for citizen participation in developing UNESCO Biosphere Reserves as global models towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development […]

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It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.
David Attenborough