Enabling Environment

A New Way of Protecting Coral Reefs – World Economic Forum

2nd October 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the World Economic Forum.  “When you hear the word ‘nature,’ what do you think about? A pristine beach? Maybe your favorite wild animal? Nature means different things to different people. But do you think of nature as a powerful source of protection from storms, rising sea levels and other… [more]

Twenty Years of Ecosystem Services Research: How Far Have We Come & How Far Do We Still Need to Go?

2nd October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Ecosystem Services.  Highlights We review the history leading up to two 1997 publications on ecosystem services. We review the subsequent debates, research, and institutions they triggered. We summarize lessons learned during the 20 years since 1997. We provide recommendations for the future of research and practice. Ecosystem services are at… [more]

Paying To Conserve Forests Has Multiple Benefits

29th September 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Corporate Knights.  “Paying for forests conserves a vital world resource, but somebody must pay the locals a tangible share of the benefits. Two new studies have reinforced the idea that financial incentives can help save forests. Research from the Amazon region has confirmed that payments to landowners can conserve forest biodiversity. And… [more]

A Green Pursuit: Seeking Nature-Based Solutions for Cities

29th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The Irish Times.  “How 21st-century cities can support and benefit from nature is the focus of a new €12 million pan-European research project, which is co-ordinated by a research team in Trinity College Dublin. Launched in June, the lead researcher on Connecting Nature is Dr Marcus Collier who has just taken up his position… [more]

Action Needed to Improve Health of California’s Headwater Forests

28th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published at Public Policy Institute of California.  “California needs to increase the pace and scale of efforts to improve the health of its headwater forests—the source of two-thirds of the state’s surface water supply. Management techniques including prescribed fire, managed wildfire, and mechanical thinning can help rebuild resilience in these forests… [more]

Filling New York Harbor with Millions of Oysters to Fight Pollution

28th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Crain’s.  “Nearly every weekday trucks pick up 4 tons of oyster shells from 70 restaurants across the city for the Billion Oyster Project. Peter Malinowski and a team of students and employees use them—an estimated one-tenth of the total amassed in the city each week—to build reefs and nurture… [more]