Enabling Environment

Value of Natural Capital – the Need for Chartered Surveyors

27th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This report is a product of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). “Forward: The first paper from RICS on the subject of ecosystem services Challenges for international professional practice: from market value to natural value outlined how new approaches to the valuation, appraisal and management of natural capital and nature’s services – ecosystem services – promised to… [more]

Future Impacts of Drivers of Change on Wetland Ecosystem Services in Colombia

27th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published on ScienceDirect.  Highlights We assessed the capacity of 19 wetland types to deliver ecosystem services. We identified major drivers of land-use change and their impacts on wetlands. Wetland decision-making may be improved by utilizing national ES maps provided by knowledgeable experts. Stakeholder participation should be considered as the next step to… [more]

Impacts of Forestry on Boreal Forests: An Ecosystem Services Perspective

27th April 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on SpringerLink.  “Abstract: Forests are widely recognized as major providers of ecosystem services, including timber, other forest products, recreation, regulation of water, soil and air quality, and climate change mitigation. Extensive tracts of boreal forests are actively managed for timber production, but actions aimed at increasing timber yields also affect other… [more]

What Makes People Aware of Ecosystem Services? Lessons from a Survey of Nigerian Rural Communities

26th April 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).  “There is a laborer among us that is quietly contributing $18 trillion a year to the global economy, yet has gone unnoticed by the majority of its beneficiaries. Services provided by ecosystems, such as natural water filtration by roots and rocks, the air cleaned by… [more]

The Arctic’s Quickening Melt Could Cost the World Economy Trillions of Dollars this Century – Study

26th April 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on News.com.au. “The region’s warmer and wetter shift is melting permafrost under buildings from Siberia to Alaska, raising world sea levels and disrupting temperature patterns further south, the report said. Some 90 scientists contributed to the study commissioned by the Arctic Council, which groups the United States, Russia, Canada, Sweden,… [more]

Natural Capital Valuation and Protection of Marine Megafauna

26th April 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on La Paz Group.  “…In February of this year, the Government of Indonesia granted full protection to manta rays within its nearly 6 million square kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ), making it the world’s largest sanctuary for manta rays. This reverses the trend of the past three decades wherein Indonesia… [more]