Data Tools & Methodologies

A Fundamental Misrepresentation of the Planetary Boundaries Framework

21st November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Stockholm Resilience Centre. Responding to recent criticism, the main authors behind the framework explain how Planetary Boundaries does not rely on an assumption of thresholds or “tipping points” in the biosphere Highlights: This is a response to recent criticism of the planetary boundary framework, and in particular the biodiversity… [more]

Both Rare & Common Species Support Ecosystem Services in Scavenger Communities

21st November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Global Ecology and Biogeography.  “Aim: Recent works on biodiversity–ecosystem functioning (BEF) relationships highlight abundance fluctuations of common species as more important for delivering ecosystem services than changes in species richness and composition in real-world ecosystems. However, evidence on BEF relationships in natural ecosystems is still limited, especially for large vertebrates. Here,… [more]

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]