Why Natural Capital?

Mechanisms & Risk of Cumulative Impacts to Coastal Ecosystem Services: An Expert Elicitation Approach

24th October 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Nereus Program.  “Coastal ecosystems are among some of the most populated ecosystems on earth. Human activities degrade and convert coastal ecosystems through infrastructure development, resource extraction, and tourism, among other anthropogenic activities. There is an urgency to gain a comprehensive understanding of how human activities/stressors impact coastal ecosystems and… [more]

Vikings Razed the Forests. Can Iceland Regrow Them?

24th October 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published in the New York Times.  “…The country lost most of its trees more than a thousand years ago, when Viking settlers took their axes to the forests that covered one-quarter of the countryside. Now Icelanders would like to get some of those forests back, to improve and stabilize the country’s… [more]

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]