Enabling Environment

Gretchen Daily Honored with Blue Planet Prize for Her Work to Harmonize People & Nature

19th June 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Featured

Gretchen Daily, Blue Planet Prize Winner 2017 on the Natural Capital Protocol This article was originally published on Stanford News.  “Your summer vacation plans have changed – you’re going to the moon. Stanford biologist Gretchen Daily wants you to imagine this scenario and to consider all the Earth-bound organisms you would depend on for food, building… [more]

The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching – New York Times

16th June 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The New York Times.  “…From a Dutch mind-set, climate change is not a hypothetical or a drag on the economy, but an opportunity. While the Trump administration withdraws from the Paris accord, the Dutch are pioneering a singular way forward. It is, in essence, to let water in, where possible,… [more]

Natural Capital to Inform UK National Infrastructure Plans

16th June 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on theENDSreport.  “Natural capital will be incorporated into national infrastructure planning, according to the National Infrastructure Commission. The commission, which is tasked with assessing the UK’s infrastructure needs and recommending how best to meet them, published a discussion document on the impacts of the environment and climate change on infrastructure… [more]

Mangroves, Coral Reefs Could Cut Flood Insurance Premiums Says Lloyd’s of London

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

This article was originally published on Reuters.  “Natural coastal habitats such as mangroves, coral reefs and salt marshes protect communities more effectively against coastal storms than seawalls, and insurers should consider this when pricing flood risk, Lloyd’s of London said. Investment to conserve natural habitats also makes sense for insurers, a report written for Lloyd’s… [more]

Zero Deforestation Initiatives & Their Impacts on Commodity Supply Chains

15th June 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This paper is a product of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  “This is a discussion paper prepared for the 57th Session of the FAO Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries. Abstract: Countries and companies alike are entering into commitments to curb deforestation. The 2014 New York Declaration on Forests targets globally halving… [more]

Analysis: The Economic Value of Birds

15th June 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “For ornithologists, bird watchers, and many people who enjoy birds, the idea of calculating the economic value of birds as pest-control agents, pollinators, carcass cleaners, and various other ecosystem service providers may be off-putting. I still feel offended when anyone asks me: “Why should… [more]