Enabling Environment

How New York Gets Its Water

26th October 2016
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The New York Times.  Revelations about tainted water have sparked worry across the country. The New York Times decided to look at how the nation’s largest municipal water supplier delivers what has been called the champagne of drinking water to 9.5 million people. “The Catskill/Delaware watershed, which extends 125 miles… [more]

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

TEEB for Agriculture & Food Update – October 2016

25th October 2016
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

‘TEEB for Agriculture & Food’ is currently initiating the report-writing process for its first major technical report on Scientific and Economic Foundations, and reaching out to the community-at-large for contributions, both in terms of time and knowledge. An annotated structure (‘wireframe’) has been developed – thanks to the energy, commitment and support of the experts that… [more]

Bringing Back Nature to Cities Is Good For Plants, Animals and Humans

25th October 2016
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Ensia.  “The North Saskatchewan River winds through the center of Edmonton, its waters and the surrounding landscape forming a green spine that spreads a network of ravines out into nearby neighborhoods. Since 1904, when the Canadian city was incorporated, it has prioritized this river ecosystem. But the city is growing… [more]

Nature is Priceless — So Let’s Value It

24th October 2016
Published under: Enabling Environment,Featured,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Ensia.  “Have you ever paid more to buy something labeled “organic” because you thought it was the right thing to do for nature? Looked for a “recycled” or Forest Stewardship Council label on a paper product? Paid a fee to visit a national park? If so, you know what… [more]

Coalition Organizations Participate in High-Level White House Meetings on Natural Capital

21st October 2016
Published under: Enabling Environment

15 Natural Capital Coalition organizations, led by Coalition Director Mark Gough, met last week with staff from the Executive Office of the President of the United States, to discuss overlaps between their ongoing work, and opportunities for further collaboration. While the meeting took place exactly 100 days before the end of the Obama administration, much… [more]

Mark Gough Comments on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Proposed Guidelines for Implementing the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

21st October 2016
Published under: Enabling Environment

Mark Gough’s comment on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Proposed Guidelines for Implementing the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard: Docket ID FEMA-2015-0006-0374. If finalized as proposed, the policy would provide specific guidelines to implement the FFRMS for FEMA Federally Funded Projects, which are actions involving the use of FEMA funds for new construction, substantial improvement,… [more]