Data Tools & Methodologies

Financing Natural Infrastructure for Coastal Flood Damage Reduction

27th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This report was originally published on Conservation Gateway.  “Executive Summary: This paper explores financial tools for investing in natural infrastructure to reduce current and future risks from flooding. The key conclusions are: 1. There is a large and growing pool of funding for natural infrastructure, but the availability is geographically uneven and providing sufficient resources will require… [more]

Semi-Natural Habitats Support Biological Control, Pollination & Soil Conservation in Europe. A Review

26th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published on SpringerLink. “Abstract: Semi-natural habitats are integral to most agricultural areas and have the potential to support ecosystem services, especially biological control and pollination by supplying resources for the invertebrates providing these services and for soil conservation by preventing erosion and run-off. Some habitats are supported through agri-environment scheme funding in… [more]

Ant-Mediated Ecosystem Services & Disservices on Marketable Yield in Cocoa Agroforestry Systems

26th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published on ScienceDirect.  Highlights Ants provided ecosystem services (e.g. pest control) but also disservices (pathogen spread). Positive impact of species-rich ant communities on marketable cocoa yield. Strong link between species rich community performance and income. Need to consider multiple interactions in agroecosystems than single ecosystem services. “Abstract: The impact of complex… [more]

Dynamic Changes in the Value of China’s Ecosystem Services

25th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Elsevier.  Highlights National ecosystem service values (ESV) are still insufficiently well evaluated in China. A modified equivalent factor method was utilized to evaluate the spatial-temporal variation of ESV. Forest provided the highest value; regulating services the highest contribution. ESV varied seasonally and spatially. Ecological planning should consider the ESV… [more]

Invertebrates Benefit Agriculture in Many Different Ways

25th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Ecology is Not a Dirty Word, by Dr Manu Saunders. “Production benefits from invertebrates (other than pollination and natural pest control) are often overlooked in agroecosystems.  There has been much more focus on the impact of insect pests. But invertebrates provide lots of other benefits in production systems. Developing sustainable farming systems… [more]

NOAA’s Green Infrastructure Effectiveness Database (Resource)

24th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This resource is a product of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Overview Search this online database of literature sources containing information on the effectiveness of green infrastructure to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards, such as inundation and erosion from tropical storms and cyclones, more frequent precipitation events, and sea level… [more]