Why Natural Capital?

Tony Juniper Talks Natural Capital at Harmony in Food and Farming Conference 2017 (Video)

15th August 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

“Tony Juniper speaks of the concept of ‘Natural Capital’, drawing parallels between financial capital and how the natural world works. Looking at the ecosystem as an example, you realise that if you apply husbandry and care for the natural environment, you can get dividends in the future, much like making a financial investment. Juniper comments… [more]

Mangroves: A Star Player In The Coastal Protection Game

8th August 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Huffington Post By Mark Tercek, President and CEO and Mike Beck, Lead Marine Scientist, The Nature Conservancy.  “They do it all: sequester greenhouse gases, protect marine life, maintain fresh water and, of course, defend against rising sea levels and storm surges. So how can TNC, a conservation organization, convince… [more]

Semi-Natural Habitats Support Biological Control, Pollination & Soil Conservation in Europe. A Review

26th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published on SpringerLink. “Abstract: Semi-natural habitats are integral to most agricultural areas and have the potential to support ecosystem services, especially biological control and pollination by supplying resources for the invertebrates providing these services and for soil conservation by preventing erosion and run-off. Some habitats are supported through agri-environment scheme funding in… [more]

Ant-Mediated Ecosystem Services & Disservices on Marketable Yield in Cocoa Agroforestry Systems

26th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published on ScienceDirect.  Highlights Ants provided ecosystem services (e.g. pest control) but also disservices (pathogen spread). Positive impact of species-rich ant communities on marketable cocoa yield. Strong link between species rich community performance and income. Need to consider multiple interactions in agroecosystems than single ecosystem services. “Abstract: The impact of complex… [more]

Restoring U.S. Forests Can Help Solve Water Infrastructure Crisis

24th July 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Huffington Post.  “While Washington waits for the details of the Trump administration’s promised trillion-dollar plan to fix American infrastructure, there’s a critical need to focus on the infrastructure that carries our water. One step we can take now to shore up our human-made water infrastructure is to restore the great… [more]

Study finds Nachusa Grasslands Restoration Produces Unintended Benefits

21st July 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org.  “Summer is abloom at Nachusa Grasslands, where the warmth of July is igniting an explosion of color. Purple coneflowers point to the sky. Big bluestem grass sways in the breeze. Monarch butterflies flutter among delicate pink milkweed flowers. Though invisible to the naked eye, something equally amazing is… [more]