Agriculture

Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Services: Current Status and Future Opportunities for the Study of Bees and Pollination-Related Services

19th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Current Forestry Reports.  “Abstract: An unprecedented array of observing systems, coupled with ever increasing computing capacity, makes this a golden era for ecologists to study and quantify ecosystem services using remote sensing technology. Here, we review recent studies that utilize remote sensing to understand the supply and demand of ecosystem… [more]

Plastic Waste is Visible, But ‘Natural Capital’ Such As Bees Makes More Difference to a Sustainable Future

18th January 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Conversation.  “The UK government’s pledge “to make ours the first generation to leave our environment in a better state than we found it” is laudable, but it will require much more than the clean up operation on plastics that has dominated headlines. Prime Minister Teresa May launched the 25 Year Environment… [more]

Counting the Cost, Value & Benefits of Natural Capital in Agriculture

18th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on FarmingUK.  “The growing importance of ‘natural capital’ has made some in the farming industry question how land could be valued in a way which prioritises sustainability and rewards the stewards. The importance of ‘natural capital’ – land, soil, ecosystems, air and clean water – was highlighted in a recent presentation… [more]

Coffee Grown Next To Forested Areas Benefits from Increased Rates of Pollination

10th January 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Eco-Business.  “…“At a time when agricultural production is threatened by climate change, the ecosystem services provided by forests—in this case, pollination—can help farmers cope and adapt,” says Bruno Locatelli, an expert on ecosystem services and climate change adaptation at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and a co-author of the study.… [more]

A New Method to Help Recover Ecological Functions & Foster the Sustainable Development of Rural Areas

10th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on British Ecological Society. Ecologists have developed a new method to prioritize natural sites for restoration actions aimed to improve the provision of ecosystem services. Their findings are published in the Journal of Applied Ecology today. “Ecosystem services are environmental resources and goods which benefit the general public, e.g. farmland and… [more]

The Latest Cutting-Edge Technology Changing Our Landscapes? Trees

9th January 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  The UK has been slow to embrace agroforestry, fearing trees compete for valuable space and water. In fact they can increase crop diversity as well as profits, as two pioneering Cambridgeshire farmers have found “Most people round here think it’s pretty normal for the earth to just… [more]