Why Natural Capital?

Natural Capital Accounting & Ecosystem Services Within the Water–Energy–Food Nexus: Local and Regional Contexts

19th October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Water, Energy, Food and People Across the Global South. “The demand for water, food and energy is steadily increasing with growth expected at 30–50 percent in the next two decades (World Economic Forum, Water Security, The Water, Energy, Food and Climate Change Nexus, 2011). Balancing the elements of the water,… [more]

Warning of ‘Ecological Armageddon’ After Dramatic Plunge in Insect Numbers

19th October 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such… [more]

A Landmark California Plan Puts Floodplains Back in Business

17th October 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on News Deeply.  “A century of levee building confined the state’s major rivers to narrow channels. A new policy aims to free them again, which could not only reduce flood risk but also recharge groundwater and improve wildlife habitat. Something monumental happened on August 25 in California water management that received almost… [more]

Agroforestry Systems of High Nature & Cultural Value in Europe: Provision of Commercial Goods & Other Ecosystem Services

17th October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

 This paper was originally published in Agroforestry Systems.  “Abstract: Land use systems that integrate woody vegetation with livestock and/or crops and are recognised for their biodiversity and cultural importance can be termed high nature and cultural value (HNCV) agroforestry. In this review, based on the literature and stakeholder knowledge, we describe the structure, components and management… [more]

Mark Tercek: Investing In Nature 101

16th October 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published in Forbes.  “Nine years ago, I said goodbye to Wall Street and became an investment banker for nature. After a 24-year career at Goldman Sachs where I was a partner and led a number of key business units, I left the firm to become president and CEO of The Nature… [more]

Current State of Seagrass Ecosystem Services: Research & Policy Integration

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

This paper was originally published in Ocean & Coastal Management. Highlights: Seagrass ecosystem services (SGES) research suffers from three main research biases. Geographical bias: research has been mostly limited to chartered areas. Service type bias: cultural services remain understudied. Discipline bias: economic and social aspects of SES need more attention. The operationalization of SGES will need… [more]