Enabling Environment

The Relationship between Social Value Principles and the Natural Capital Protocol

16th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Featured

This discussion paper was developed by Social Value UK.  “Approaches to understanding and valuing social and environmental value have evolved considerably in recent years. Two principal frameworks are Social Value International’s Social Value Framework, which primarily focuses on social value, and the Natural Capital Coalition’s Protocol, which primarily focuses on natural capital. By understanding these… [more]

Don’t Convert Africa’s Savanna to Agricultural Land – Scientific American

16th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Scientific American.  “To feed the increasing number of Africans who are poor, hungry and malnourished, during the launch of the Transformation of the African Savannah Initiative, the African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina proposed developing Africa’s 400 million hectares of cultivatable savanna lands. The soils are healthy there and… [more]

Saving Seagrasses from Dredging – New Research Finds Solutions

16th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “Timing of dredging is the key to helping preserve one of the world’s most productive and important ecosystems—seagrass meadows, a new study led by QUT researchers has found. The study, published overnight in Nature Communications, was led by QUT researchers in collaboration with seagrass experts at Edith Cowan and James… [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]

These Mussels Could be Key to Decontaminating New York City’s Dirty Waters

15th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published in ScienceMag.  “The waterways of New York City are famously dirty: They’re full of everything from cigarette butts to runoff from wastewater treatment plants. Fish and plants are literally choked out as algae, which thrive in the nutrient-rich waters, use up all the available oxygen. Now, a team of scientists… [more]

Embedding the Natural Capital Approach in the Built Environment

15th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

These presentations were originally published on the Natural Capital Initiative.   “Building on last year’s successful event “Beyond Concepts”, this interactive workshop went beyond strategy to consider how the natural capital approach can be implemented within the built environment sector, and identify the practical steps needed to embed this approach on the ground. Presentations Natural capital in action… [more]