Data Tools & Methodologies

Comprehending the Multiple ‘Values’ of Green Infrastructure – Valuing Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Water Management from Multiple Perspectives

15th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Environmental Research.  “Highlights:  We compare different attempts to evaluate the benefits of urban greening options. Economic valuations of different hypothetical development scenarios are reported. Two schemes incorporating Nature Based Solutions were assessed for viability. Developer profits were reduced despite residents’ willingness to pay for greening. Developers are unlikely to… [more]

The Added Value of Including Key Microbial Traits to Determine Nitrogen-Related Ecosystem Services in Managed Grasslands

15th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Abstract: Despite playing central roles in nutrient cycles and plant growth, soil microbes are generally neglected in the study of ecosystem services (ES), due to difficulties to assess their diversity and functioning. However, to overcome these hurdles, new conceptual approaches and modern tools now… [more]

Integrated Reporting as an Internal Mechanism for Organisational Change

13th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This Master Thesis was written by Valerie Sydry, MSc Global Business and Sustainability Rotterdam School of Management. “Executive Summary: As organisations acknowledge that they operate within a broader social and biophysical environment, and need to embrace a wider system of sustainability concerns, accordingly, their reporting practices need to change. In response, integrated reporting, a new reporting practice… [more]

Non Monetary Values: How to Value Landscapes (Video)

3rd November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This video is a product of OPERAs Project.  “For Millennia, humans have changed landscapes to fit their needs, but the recent, dramatic shifts in population and technology, mean that landscapes are changing at a greater speed and scale than ever before. It is urgent therefore that we figure out how best to accommodate the people… [more]

Tradition Meets Tech: Can Satellite Data Help Indigenous Peoples Protect Their Lands?

2nd November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This interview was originally published on Conservation International‘s blog Human Nature.  “From forests to fish, remote sensing has revealed an unblinking portrait at how humans are managing natural resources on Earth. Now, a new effort seeks to put these data tools in the hands of the people on the front lines of conservation: indigenous communities. The project carries immense… [more]

Operationalising Ecosystem Services for Effective Management of Protected Areas: Experiences & Challenges

2nd November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Ecosystem Services.  Highlights: We implemented 41 PES in 21 Natura 2000 sites in Italy. Stakeholder involvement was important to implement PES. We evaluated management effectiveness before and after the implementation of PES. PES increased the management effectiveness of Natura 2000 sites. We discuss general challenges of operationalising ES in… [more]