Landscape

Wetlands Could Save Cities – & Money, Too – Scientific American

20th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Scientific American.  “Using insurance industry models, researchers determined that wetlands prevented some $625 million in damages due to Hurricane Sandy. Christopher Intagliata reports. As Houston begins recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, a new storm threat—Hurricane Irma—is barreling west towards the Caribbean and Florida. We have few defenses against hurricanes’ lashing… [more]

Interaction Effects Between Local Flower Richness & Distance to Natural Woodland on Pest & Beneficial Insects in Apple Orchards

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Agricultural and Forest Entomology.  “Abstract: Local and landscape factors interact to influence animal populations and, ultimately, crop yields in agroecosystems. Yet few studies have considered interactions and trade-offs between these factors within a single agroecosystem. We sampled insect communities (fruit-damaging pests and Diptera and Hymenoptera pollinator and natural enemy… [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]

To Tree or Not to Tree: Cultural Views from Ancient Romans to Modern Ecologists

11th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in the journal Ecosystems. “Few things are more defining in a landscape compared to the absence or presence of trees, both in aesthetic and in functional terms. At the same time, tree cover has been profoundly affected by humans since ancient times. It is therefore not surprising that opinions about… [more]

Changes in Land Use & Ecosystem Services in Tropical Forest Areas: A Case Study in Andes Mountains of Ecuador

19th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Taylor & Francis.  “Abstract: Tropical Andes are subjected to severe land use/land cover (LULC) changes that significantly alter the capacity of the landscape to provide ecological functions for supporting human well-being. The aim of the study is (a) to investigate the LULC changes in the Ecological Corridor Llaganantes-Sangay (Corredor Ecológico… [more]

Investment in Sustainable Landscapes Helps Address Water Scarcity & Maintain Ecosystem Services

19th May 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Water Briefing.  “Business participation and investment in sustainable landscapes can help to develop collaborative solutions to address issues like water scarcity, deforestation or ecosystem services, according to a new report released at the Forest and Landscape Investment Forum. The report, Business for Sustainable Landscapes: An action agenda for sustainable… [more]