Farming

Biocontrol of Common Vole Populations by Avian Predators Versus Rodenticide Application

1st November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in the Polish Journal of Ecology. “Abstract: This paper presents results of a study focused on using the increased predation pressure of avian raptors for biocontrol of local populations of the common vole (Microtus arvalis) in Haná (Czech Republic), a region of traditional agriculture in central Europe. Five raptor perches per… [more]

Natural Capital Accounting & Ecosystem Services Within the Water–Energy–Food Nexus: Local and Regional Contexts

19th October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Water, Energy, Food and People Across the Global South. “The demand for water, food and energy is steadily increasing with growth expected at 30–50 percent in the next two decades (World Economic Forum, Water Security, The Water, Energy, Food and Climate Change Nexus, 2011). Balancing the elements of the water,… [more]

Nairobi Water Fund: Investing in Water

12th October 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The Nature Conservancy.  “The Tana River supplies 95 percent of the water for Nairobi’s 4 million residents, and for another 5 million people living in the watershed. It also feeds one of the country’s most important agricultural areas and provides half of the country’s hydropower output. With Nairobi contributing 60… [more]

A Third of Earth’s Soil is Acutely Degraded Due to Agriculture

25th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  “Fertile soil is being lost at rate of 24bn tonnes a year through intensive farming as demand for food increases, says UN-backed study. A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24bn tonnes a year, according… [more]

Landscape Greening & Local Creation of Wildflower Strips & Hedgerows Promote Multiple Ecosystem Services

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Abstract: The explicit and implicit aims of creating ecological focus areas (EFAs) and implementing greening measures in European agro-ecosystems include the promotion of regulatory ecosystem services (ES) to sustain crop production in conventional cropping systems. However, the extent to which these goals are achieved with… [more]

Healthy Soils Can Boost Food Security & Climate Resilience for Millions

11th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  “Tougou village in northern Burkina Faso has a challenging climate for farming. During the dry season, which lasts from November to May, the Harmattan blows — a dry, dusty wind coming in from the Sahara. Drought alternates with periods of flooding, sapping soil fertility and destroying crops. Despite… [more]