Farming

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]

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]

The Latest Cutting-Edge Technology Changing Our Landscapes? Trees

9th January 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  The UK has been slow to embrace agroforestry, fearing trees compete for valuable space and water. In fact they can increase crop diversity as well as profits, as two pioneering Cambridgeshire farmers have found “Most people round here think it’s pretty normal for the earth to just… [more]

Farming Subsidies To Reward Environmental Restoration Post-Brexit, Says Environment Secretary Michael Gove

4th January 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “Farmers will get subsidies for turning fields back into wildflower meadows after Brexit, according to environment secretary Michael Gove. More than 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have been destroyed since the second world war and their loss has played a significant role in the falling numbers of bees, birds… [more]

Not Reaping the Fruits: What Plantain Farmers in Costa Rica Can Teach Us About the Inconsistent Links Between Access to Ecosystem Services & Well-Being

18th December 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Stockholm Resilience Centre.  Highlights: Increases in the production of ecosystem services are often not evenly distributed and increases in ecosystem services may not improve well-being of those without access to them A case study of plantain farmers in Costa Rica reveals how they struggle to reap the benefits of their… [more]

Attitudes to Natural Capital, Resource Sustainability & Agritech

14th December 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This report was produced by National Australia Bank (NAB).  “Natural capital refers to the natural assets on which our economy depends. It includes the natural resources themselves, the physical, biological and chemical systems that support them, and the services they provide – things like clean water, energy, food and fibre, healthy air, climate regulation. The frame… [more]