Data Tools & Methodologies

How Credit Stacking Can Grow Money On Trees

11th October 2016
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on GreenBiz. “There has been significant discussion about the merits of stacking conservation payments over the past few years. A simple explanation for credit stacking is when landowners are paid for conservation practices on their property that provide multiple benefits to the environment. For example, an acre of forest could… [more]

The Nature of Decision Making: Study Explores Why Ecosystem Service Information Has Yet to Fundamentally Influence Decisions

10th October 2016
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

Abstract: The central challenge of the 21st century is to develop economic, social, and governance systems capable of ending poverty and achieving sustainable levels of population and consumption while securing the life-support systems underpinning current and future human well-being. Essential to meeting this challenge is the incorporation of natural capital and the ecosystem services it provides… [more]

Unlocking More Value with Fewer Resources – A Practical Guide to the Circular Economy

10th October 2016
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

“The current linear economy is simply not sustainable. To deliver against our Unilever purpose of making sustainable living commonplace, we need to change the way we think and the way in which we do things. The circular economy offers an alternative model and a new way of thinking that inspires new innovation and growth in… [more]

Towards a Global Map of Natural Capital: Key Ecosystem Assets

10th October 2016
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

Abstract: For the first time, a composite map of the world’s ecosystem assets has been produced, covering both marine and terrestrial realms. In this report for the UNEP Division of Early Warning and Assessment, UNEP-WCMC has combined information about key ecosystem assets into global maps. The assets included are freshwater resources, soil quality, organic carbon, terrestrial… [more]

Research Priorities for Managing the Impacts and Dependencies of Business Upon Food, Energy, Water and the Environment

7th October 2016
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

Abstract: Delivering access to sufficient food, energy and water resources to ensure human wellbeing is a major concern for governments worldwide. However, it is crucial to account for the ‘nexus’ of interactions between these natural resources and the consequent implications for human well being. The private sector has a critical role in driving positive change towards… [more]

Local Ecological Footprinting Tool (LEFT)

4th October 2016
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

The LEFT tool is free for limited period and for academic use. Urbanisation, mineral and fuel extraction, and industrial-scale agriculture all leave an ecological footprint in landscapes. These footprints can be large. Although impact assessments are routinely carried out, increasingly as a legal requirement, before land is developed, the usual practice of undertaking field-based assessments… [more]