Cities

Implementing & Managing Urban Forests: A Much Needed Conservation Strategy to Increase Ecosystem Services & Urban Wellbeing

18th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Ecological Modelling. Highlights: Megacities are a form of nature, and they host nearly 10% of the human population. Urban tree services include pollution removal, energy savings, and carbon sequestration. Managing urban trees is a nature conservation strategy delivering non-negligible benefits. Benefits from urban forests are modeled and assessed as decreased economic costs. “Abstract: Megacities… [more]

London Borough of Barnet Corporate Natural Capital Account

13th September 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Enabling Environment

This report was produced by London Borough of Barnet. “In common with all London local authorities, the London Borough of Barnet (LB Barnet) recognises the huge contribution made by green infrastructure to the wellbeing of its residents and the success of its economy. Barnet has always been characterised as a green and leafy borough of low… [more]

US $1 trillion Infrastructure Plan Program Must Include Green Infrastructure

8th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Minnpost. “Natural assets – “green infrastructure” – can provide communities with invaluable ecosystem services that clean our air, filter our water, mitigate natural disasters and improve our quality of life. The Trump administration has called for a major investment in infrastructure. That includes systems that handle our rainfall and melted snow, such… [more]

Advancing Sustainability Through Urban Green Space: Cultural Ecosystem Services, Equity, & Social Determinants of Health

31st August 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on United States Department of Agriculture. “Abstract: Urban green spaces provide an array of benefits, or ecosystem services, that support our physical, psychological, and social health. In many cases, however, these benefits are not equitably distributed across diverse urban populations. In this paper, we explore relationships between cultural ecosystem services provided by urban green space… [more]

Lakes, Trees Vital to Health of India’s Growing Cities – Author

24th August 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Thomson Reuters Foundation. In Indian cities, impoverished families rely on nature for things like fruit, fodder and medicinal plants. “Indian cities must do more to nurture their lakes, trees and other natural assets which provide food and water for their poorest residents and protect urban areas from rising heat… [more]

What’s the Annual Value of Trees? $500 Million Per Megacity, Study Says

23rd August 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org. “In the megacities that are home to nearly 10 percent of the world’s 7.5 billion people, trees provide each city with more than $500 million each year in services that make urban environments cleaner, more affordable and more pleasant places to live. In a recent study published in… [more]