Why Natural Capital?

UK to Bring Back Beavers in First Government Flood Reduction Scheme of its Kind

12th December 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

  This article was originally published on the Guardian. “Beaver family will be released in the Forest of Dean to stop a village from flooding, with potential for further such schemes to follow. A valley in the Forest of Dean will echo to the sound of herbivorous munching next spring when a family of beavers… [more]

Using Nature to Build a Stronger Coast

12th December 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Nature Conservancy.  “What would the East Coast of the United States be like without any wetlands, marshes, or estuaries? What if the coastline were just open water slapping against concrete seawalls, bulkheads, and rock barriers? This is exactly the kind of coast that researchers explored in a recently… [more]

Nature’s Values: From Intrinsic to Instrumental. A Review of Values & Valuation Methodologies in the Context of Ecosystem Services & Natural Capital

11th December 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Trinity College Dublin.  “Abstract: Consciously or not, people attach values to aspects that are important in their lives. These values can inform their preferences and their behaviour. They attach a value to a clean, healthy, functioning environment just as they do to other aspects such as personal relationships, their community… [more]

Assessing the Value of Singapore’s Mangrove Swamps

11th December 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

  This article was originally published on The Straits Times.  “Is Singapore losing its heritage through redevelopment of buildings and loss of its coastline? It is time to develop a more robust way to assess heritage and ecosystems, to prevent their destruction. The coastline generally associated with Singapore is one of harbours, ships, artificial beaches… [more]

Phytoplankton Play Fundamental Role in the Global Carbon Cycle & Fuel Marine Food Webs

7th December 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

  This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “Phytoplankton, unicellular photosynthetic microbes, play a fundamental role in the global carbon cycle and fuel marine food webs. Globally, phytoplankton productivity is regulated by the availability of essential nutrients such as nitrogen and iron. Researchers at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, have now been… [more]

Ecological Intensification & Arbuscular Mycorrhizas: A Meta-Analysis of Tillage & Cover Crop Effects

6th December 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. “Abstract: Reliance on ecosystem services instead of synthetic, non-renewable inputs is increasingly seen as key to achieving food security in an environmentally sustainable way. This process, known as ecological intensification, will depend in large part on enhancing below-ground biological interactions that facilitate resource use… [more]