Ecosystem Services

Remote Sensing and Ecosystem Services: Current Status and Future Opportunities for the Study of Bees and Pollination-Related Services

19th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Current Forestry Reports.  “Abstract: An unprecedented array of observing systems, coupled with ever increasing computing capacity, makes this a golden era for ecologists to study and quantify ecosystem services using remote sensing technology. Here, we review recent studies that utilize remote sensing to understand the supply and demand of ecosystem… [more]

A Global Geospatial Ecosystem Services Estimate of Urban Agriculture

18th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Earth’s Future.  “Abstract: Though urban agriculture (UA), defined here as growing of crops in cities, is increasing in popularity and importance globally, little is known about the aggregate benefits of such natural capital in built-up areas. Here, we introduce a quantitative framework to assess global aggregate ecosystem services from existing… [more]

Prioritizing Sites for Ecological Restoration Based on Ecosystem Services

18th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Restoration ecology that maximizes ecosystem services (ES) requires planning at large spatial scales, which are often the most meaningful for ecosystem functioning and ES supply. As economic resources to undertake ecological restoration at large scales are scarce, prioritizing sites to enhance multiple ES supply is critical.… [more]

Counting the Cost, Value & Benefits of Natural Capital in Agriculture

18th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on FarmingUK.  “The growing importance of ‘natural capital’ has made some in the farming industry question how land could be valued in a way which prioritises sustainability and rewards the stewards. The importance of ‘natural capital’ – land, soil, ecosystems, air and clean water – was highlighted in a recent presentation… [more]

Coffee Grown Next To Forested Areas Benefits from Increased Rates of Pollination

10th January 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Eco-Business.  “…“At a time when agricultural production is threatened by climate change, the ecosystem services provided by forests—in this case, pollination—can help farmers cope and adapt,” says Bruno Locatelli, an expert on ecosystem services and climate change adaptation at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and a co-author of the study.… [more]

A New Method to Help Recover Ecological Functions & Foster the Sustainable Development of Rural Areas

10th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on British Ecological Society. Ecologists have developed a new method to prioritize natural sites for restoration actions aimed to improve the provision of ecosystem services. Their findings are published in the Journal of Applied Ecology today. “Ecosystem services are environmental resources and goods which benefit the general public, e.g. farmland and… [more]