Measuring the Role of Seagrasses in Regulating Sediment Surface Elevation

21st September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published in Scientific Report.  “Abstract: Seagrass meadows provide numerous ecosystem services and their rapid global loss may reduce human welfare as well as ecological integrity. In common with the other ‘blue carbon’ habitats (mangroves and tidal marshes) seagrasses are thought to provide coastal defence and encourage sediment stabilisation and surface elevation. A… [more]

Natural Capital Accounts & Public Policy Decisions: Findings From a Survey

18th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Ecological Economics “Abstract: There have been many initiatives and policy commitments in natural capital accounting in the recent years. Based on a survey for statistical offices, ministries and independent experts worldwide, we provide some preliminary evidence that there is very little use of natural capital accounts for public policy decisions… [more]

In the Wild, Diversity is as Important to Ecosystem Production as Climate & Nutrients

18th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in the Smithsonian.  “Biodiversity is proving to be one of humanity’s best defenses against extreme weather. In past experiments, diversity has fostered healthier, more productive ecosystems, like shoreline vegetation that guards against hurricanes. However, many experts doubted whether these experiments would hold up in the real world. A study offers… [more]

A Global Meta-Analysis of the Value of Ecosystem Services Provided by Lakes

12th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Ecological Economics.  Highlights: We conduct the first meta-analysis on the value of ecosystem services provided by lakes. We analyze results of 133 studies, offering a total of 699 values. We show that antagonisms and synergies across ecosystem services are perceived and valued by people. “This study presents the first… [more]

Natural Capital Protocol: Case Study for Natura

11th September 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Featured

The company in brief: Natura is the leading multinational Brazilian company operating in the cosmetics, personal care and beauty industries. With its headquarters in São Paulo, the company employs around 6500 staff in eight countries. The company has a Sustainability Vision which assumes the commitment of integrating environmental and social impacts into Natura’s economic results… [more]

When Ecosystems & Their Services Are Not Co-Located: Oceans & Coasts

6th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in ICES Journal of Marine Science. “Abstract:  Local, regional, and global policies to manage protect and restore our oceans and coasts call for the inclusion of ecosystem services (ES) in policy-relevant research. Marine and coastal ES and the associated benefits to humans are usually assessed, quantified, and mapped at the… [more]