Why Natural Capital?

Poor Water Management ‘Costing Middle East & North Africa $21bn a Year’

7th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Public Finance International.   “Inadequate water supply and sanitation is costing the Middle East and North Africa region around $21bn a year in economic losses, the World Bank has said. Its vice president for the region Hafez Ghanem said: “If we think of water resources as a bank account, then… [more]

African Countries Lead on Natural Capital Accounting – World Bank

5th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This video was produced by by the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa, Conservation International, and WAVES. “Natural capital — including resources like water, forests, fisheries, rivers and wildlife — represents a critical asset, especially for lower income countries, where it makes up a significant share of total wealth. However, the full contribution of natural capital is not captured… [more]

Ecosystem Services in the New York City Watershed

5th September 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Ecosystem Marketplace.  “…For nearly two hundred years, City residents depended on upstate communities to contribute to the largest unfiltered water system in the world. The City’s watershed spans nearly 2000-square-miles, an area roughly the size of the state of Delaware, with a labyrinth of 19 reservoirs and aqueducts cutting… [more]

Are Seagrass Meadows the Key to Carbon Storage?

5th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Particle.  “Under the sea exists a lifeform vital to the health of marine ecosystems and beneficial to humans. It’s not sharks, which keep food chains in balance. And it’s not coral reefs, which are the most biodiverse marine ecosystems. It’s grass. Well, seagrass. Which is a flowering plant, more like a… [more]

Guam’s Forests Are Being Slowly Killed Off – By A Snake

4th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Conversation.  “Can a snake bring down a forest? If we’re talking about the Pacific island of Guam, the answer may well be yes. Our research adds to mounting evidence that the killing of many of the island’s bird species by an invasive species of snake is having severe knock-on effects… [more]

One Teaspoon of Soil Contains More Living Organisms Than There are People in the World

31st August 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Country.  “One teaspoon of soil contains more living organisms than there are people in the world. Without this “biological diversity” there would be no terrestrial life on earth. In addition to providing habitat for billions of organisms, soil acts as a water filter and growing medium. It contributes… [more]