Why Natural Capital?

UK is 30-40 Years Away from ‘Eradication of Soil Fertility’

27th October 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “The UK is 30 to 40 years away from “the fundamental eradication of soil fertility” in parts of the country, the environment secretary Michael Gove has warned. “We have encouraged a type of farming which has damaged the earth,” Gove told the parliamentary launch of the Sustainable Soils Alliance (SSA). “Countries… [more]

Rethinking Performance Assessments for Businesses

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

This article was originally published on DNV GL. “A year ago in London, the Natural Capital Coalition launched a universal protocol for businesses to measure and value their impacts and dependencies on nature. Why is the ‘Natural Capital Protocol’ such a vital step in transforming business for tomorrow’s world? Indeed, in a market-based, trade-deregulated, technology-empowered, globalized, constantly… [more]

Ecosystem Services: It’s Not All About the Dollars

26th October 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published in Remember The Wild.  “Nature is essential to our wellbeing. There are multiple layers of complexity and nuance to that statement. But they all boil down to the fact that our lives depend on the natural systems around us. Trees, insects, birds, mammals, earthworms, springtails, bacteria, fungi, plants… Soil, water,… [more]

Rivers Are Invaluable to South East Asia

26th October 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Myanmar Times.  “How many different ways can you measure a river? By its length and how many countries it passes through? The volume of water flowing along its course? The number of species it supports? Perhaps the most important – and largely overlooked – measure of a river… [more]

Mechanisms Mediating the Contribution of Ecosystem Services to Human Wellbeing & Resilience

25th October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Ecosystem Services.  Highlights:  People influence multiple steps in the delivery of ecosystem services. Mediating mechanisms control flows along the ecosystem service cascade. Mechanisms are: management, mobilization, allocation-appropriation, and appreciation. Mechanisms depend on contextual mediating factors (rules, assets, values, space). Mechanisms are controlled by diverse stakeholders and reflect power issues.… [more]

We Know How to Reduce Deforestation – So Where’s the Money?

25th October 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published in the Guardian.  “For years some environmentalists and economists have argued that you could pay people to keep their forests standing, maintaining carbon sources and habitat for threatened species. Yet, the idea – known as payments for ecosystem services or PES – has faced critics, who argued it wouldn’t live… [more]