Biodiversity

Assessing Social Values of Ecosystem Services in the Phewa Lake Watershed, Nepal

6th February 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This abstract was originally published on Center for International Forestry Research.  “Abstract: Community-based forestry (CBF) has developed through co-evolution of human societies, social values and biophysical systems shaped by long-term community activities. CBF has been practised for nearly 40 years in Nepal and has resulted in the restoration of forest cover to a considerable proportion of the… [more]

Engaging Business With Biodiversity Through Natural Capital (Webinar)

5th February 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

First in the JNCC Natural Capital Seminar series – 24 January 2018. Presenters, Matt Smith, JNCC – Tom Smith, Valuing Nature Placement – Prue Addison, ICCS, Oxford University. Read more about the project here. Source: Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

In India, Agroforestry Is A Win for Both Tigers & Villagers

5th February 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Scientific American.  “In a staggering conservation success, India’s tigers have increased in number from 1,411 in 2006 to 2,226 at last count, and fingers are crossed that the 2018 All India Tiger Estimation will reveal a stable or even bigger population. But tigers depend upon quality tree cover, which… [more]

US EPA Rolls Back Obama-Era Wetland Protections by Assigning Associated Ecosystem Services a Value of $0

1st February 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Yale Environment 360. “…As part of the WOTUS [Waters of the United States] rulemaking, Obama’s EPA released its required economic analysis and found that the anticipated benefits of about $450 million per year would exceed the annual compliance costs of nearly $300 million. The vast majority of benefits were those associated… [more]

Yorkshire Water to Plant 1 Million Trees to Mitigate Flood Risk

1st February 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This press release was originally published on Yorkshire Water.  “…The work at Gorpley is part of an initiative to help slow the flow of water during flood events like the devastating floods of Boxing Day 2015, which had a massive impact on the Calder Valley. The planting of two hundred thousand trees at Gorpley was… [more]

Is the Conservation Community Divided Over the Objective for Conservation, & in Practice Does it Even Matter?

1st February 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Oxford Academic.  “The conservation community is divided over the proper objective for conservation, with one faction focused on ecosystem services that contribute to human well-being and another faction focused on the intrinsic value of biodiversity. Despite the underlying difference in philosophy, it is not clear that this divide matters… [more]