Decision Making

Belize Bans Oil Activity to Protect its Barrier Reef

19th January 2018
Published under: Uncategorized

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “Decision hailed as huge step forward that will safeguard both the marine environment and the country’s lucrative dive tourism industry …In what has been called a huge step forward in protecting oceans and marine life, the Belize government has announced bold legislation to end oil activity in… [more]

Measuring Ecosystem Services, Managing Progress

4th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on CGIAR. “Some historians believe the maxim “what gets measured gets managed” dates all the way back to the 1500s. So for at least 500 years, humans have realized that tracking and counting help us achieve what we’ve set out to do. And the world has recently set out to reach some… [more]

Practical Solutions for Bottlenecks in Ecosystem Services Mapping

4th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in One Ecosystem.  “Abstract: Ecosystem services (ES) mapping is becoming mainstream in many sustainability assessments, but its impact on real world decision-making is still limited. Robustness, end-user relevance and transparency have been identified as key attributes needed for effective ES mapping. However, these requirements are not always met due to… [more]

International Paper: Valuing Water With the Natural Capital Protocol

18th December 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Protocol Case Studies

This case study was originally published on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.  “International Paper (IP) is one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper. We create value for our stakeholders by: sustaining forests, investing in people, improving our planet, creating innovative products and delivering inspired performance. Maintaining healthy watersheds… [more]

Scottish Farmers to Pilot ‘Valuing’ Nature

13th December 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Farming UK.  “Scottish farmers are to take part in a project to assess the value of natural assets to help them make decisions that will protect the environment and the land that they work on. The trial will apply the international Natural Capital Protocol to land-based businesses on two… [more]

A Review of Riverine Ecosystem Service Quantification: Research Gaps & Recommendations

12th December 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Abstract: 1.Increasing demand for benefits provided by riverine ecosystems threatens their sustainable provision. The ecosystem service concept is a promising avenue to inform riverine ecosystem management, but several challenges have prevented the application of this concept. 2.We quantitatively assess the field of riverine ecosystem services’… [more]