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]

Asian Development Bank Calls for Green Financing Mechanisms

13th September 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Dawn.  “The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has proposed the creation of national green financing vehicles to catalyse environmentally and financially sustainable infrastructure investments in Asia and the Pacific. In a report released on Tuesday, the ADB highlighted the constraints for developing a large pipeline of bankable green infrastructure projects… [more]

Sustainable Insurance: The Emerging Agenda for Supervisors and Regulators

11th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This report was developed by The Sustainable Insurance Forum, The UN Environment Inquiry & UN Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance. Executive Summary:  “Key sustainability factors are now recognized as potentially significant for the success, safety and soundness of the insurance sector – inspiring reactions by supervisors and regulators. In its role as risk manager, risk carrier and investor,… [more]

Impact of Satellite Imagery Spatial Resolution on Land Use Classification Accuracy & Modeled Water Quality

25th August 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.  “Remote sensing offers an increasingly wide array of imagery with a broad variety of spectral and spatial resolution, but there are relatively few comparisons of how different sources of data impact the accuracy, cost, and utility of analyses. We evaluated the impact of… [more]

World Bank Pledges $24 mn to Enhance India’s Forest Ecosystem Services

18th August 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on India.  “New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Finance Ministry and the World Bank on Wednesday signed a grant agreement of $24.64 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the World Bank for ecosystem service improvement project, said an official. The project would be financed entirely by the World… [more]

Tony Juniper Talks Natural Capital at Harmony in Food and Farming Conference 2017 (Video)

14th August 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

“Tony Juniper speaks of the concept of ‘Natural Capital’, drawing parallels between financial capital and how the natural world works. Looking at the ecosystem as an example, you realise that if you apply husbandry and care for the natural environment, you can get dividends in the future, much like making a financial investment. Juniper comments… [more]