Biodiversity

Towards Natural Capital Accounting in the Netherlands

29th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on United Nations Environment.  By Joop van Bodegraven, policy adviser on nature conservation for the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality “The Netherlands is a densely populated country, with a high standard of living and a world-renowned agriculture and food industry. However, intensive land use is putting pressure on… [more]

It’s Time to Bring Our Planet Back from the Brink Says WWF Director General

29th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published by WWF.  ‘…Biodiversity — the complex web of life made by millions of species, plants, bacteria and fungi — underpins the Earth’s systems that we take for granted, systems that provide us with the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. It maintains the ecosystems that society needs to… [more]

Swiss Farmers “Paid for Biodiversity”

29th January 2018
Published under: Case Studies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on the BBC.  “UK farmers will no longer receive subsidies after Brexit but instead get payments for “public goods” such as planting meadows and boosting access to the countryside under proposals from Environment Secretary Michael Gove. No one is quite sure yet exactly how it will work. But one country,… [more]

Mainstreaming Biodiversity Targets for the Private Sector – Call For Case Studies

26th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

Engaging the private sector regarding biodiversity remains challenging, with businesses unsure about what actions they can and should take in managing impacts and dependencies on biodiversity and ecosystems. The University of Oxford and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, with the support of the Valuing Nature Programme, are undertaking a project to address this issue, and will… [more]

The SDGs Target Protection of Water-Related Ecosystems, But How Do We Measure Progress?

25th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems.  “In 2015, the United Nations announced the adoption of 17 SDGs and 169 targets which aim to “Transform our world”. People are calling this the most important and largest global undertaking that will shape the world until 2030 and beyond. Under the… [more]

Prescribed Fire & Its Impacts on Ecosystem Services in the UK

25th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Science of The Total Environment.  Highlights Prescribed fire is a controversial and highly debated topic in UK land management. Water supply catchments are at risk from water quality impacts of fire. Irresponsible burning in the UK uplands threatens to reduce vital carbon storage. Prescribed burning over inappropriate time-scales reduces… [more]