Biodiversity

Looking to Nature for Solutions

19th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Nature News & Views. “As a climate solution, nature should  be a no-brainer. Forests and other  ecosystems store carbon, harbour  biodiversity, regulate rainfall, sustain  livelihoods, support water and food security, and buffer communities from climate  change impacts. They are ubiquitous, self- replicating, and need little maintenance or  technological development. And yet the  adoption of natural climate solutions… [more]

Belize Bans Oil Activity to Protect its Barrier Reef

19th January 2018
Published under: Uncategorized

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “Decision hailed as huge step forward that will safeguard both the marine environment and the country’s lucrative dive tourism industry …In what has been called a huge step forward in protecting oceans and marine life, the Belize government has announced bold legislation to end oil activity in… [more]

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]

Reintroduction of Apex Predator Leads to Trophic Cascade at Yellowstone

19th January 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on National Geographic. “…“Trophic cascade” is the term used for the effects of an apex predator, like a wolf, on the landscape. Explain what that means—and describe how the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone led flora and fauna to flourish. When they brought wolves back, it quickly changed and improved the landscape… [more]

A Global Geospatial Ecosystem Services Estimate of Urban Agriculture

18th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Earth’s Future.  “Abstract: Though urban agriculture (UA), defined here as growing of crops in cities, is increasing in popularity and importance globally, little is known about the aggregate benefits of such natural capital in built-up areas. Here, we introduce a quantitative framework to assess global aggregate ecosystem services from existing… [more]

Prioritizing Sites for Ecological Restoration Based on Ecosystem Services

18th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Restoration ecology that maximizes ecosystem services (ES) requires planning at large spatial scales, which are often the most meaningful for ecosystem functioning and ES supply. As economic resources to undertake ecological restoration at large scales are scarce, prioritizing sites to enhance multiple ES supply is critical.… [more]