Carbon Sink

Don’t Convert Africa’s Savanna to Agricultural Land – Scientific American

16th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Scientific American.  “To feed the increasing number of Africans who are poor, hungry and malnourished, during the launch of the Transformation of the African Savannah Initiative, the African Development Bank (AfDB) President Akinwumi Adesina proposed developing Africa’s 400 million hectares of cultivatable savanna lands. The soils are healthy there and… [more]

Indonesians Plant Trees to Nurse Seagrass Back to Health in Wakatobi

2nd November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  Highlights: Long understudied and misunderstood, seagrass is now being recognized for its importance around the world as a carbon sink but also as an essential part of people’s daily lives. But it is also being lost at an incredibly fast rate, equal to the loss of rainforests, according… [more]

Ecosystem Services Provided by Biocrusts: From Ecosystem Functions to Social Values

27th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Journal of Arid Environments. “Abstract: Dryland ecosystems usually show low productivity, considerable water losses and land degradation problems associated with soil erosion. Most bare-looking areas in these ecosystems are covered by biocrusts, which represent an important nitrogen and carbon sink and provide essential ecosystem services. However, until now no studies analyzed the role of biocrusts… [more]

How Carbon Farming Could Halt Climate Change

23rd August 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The New Food Economy.  Soil holds more carbon than the atmosphere and all vegetation combined. But who’s going to convince more farmers to farm with carbon levels in mind? “We can’t say we weren’t warned. For years, scientists have argued that human civilization must prevent the planet’s average annual temperature… [more]

The Value of a Peatland

5th July 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Trans-Disciplinary Conversations on Peatlands. “For many, blissfully rambling across a peatland, exhilarated by the abundance of wide open space, rich aromas of myrtle and musical calls of wading birds, the experience is priceless. Yet, a lack of recognition of the true costs associated with the services provided by peatlands in… [more]

Natural Capital Protocol: Case Study for Novartis

22nd June 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Featured

The company in brief: Novartis is a multinational pharmaceutical company based in Switzerland, and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies by both market cap and sales. Novartis develops, manufactures, and markets healthcare products, providing solutions for patients worldwide. The company operates in the segments of innovative pharmaceuticals, eyecare, generics, vaccines/diagnostics and consumer health. Why a… [more]