Implementing & Managing Urban Forests: A Much Needed Conservation Strategy to Increase Ecosystem Services & Urban Wellbeing

18th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Ecological Modelling. Highlights: Megacities are a form of nature, and they host nearly 10% of the human population. Urban tree services include pollution removal, energy savings, and carbon sequestration. Managing urban trees is a nature conservation strategy delivering non-negligible benefits. Benefits from urban forests are modeled and assessed as decreased economic costs. “Abstract: Megacities… [more]

Natural Capital Protocol: Case Study for Natura

11th September 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Featured

The company in brief: Natura is the leading multinational Brazilian company operating in the cosmetics, personal care and beauty industries. With its headquarters in São Paulo, the company employs around 6500 staff in eight countries. The company has a Sustainability Vision which assumes the commitment of integrating environmental and social impacts into Natura’s economic results… [more]

A Framework to Quantify the Strength of Ecological Links Between an Environmental Stressor & Final Ecosystem Services

8th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Ecosphere, an Ecological Society of America Open Access Journal.  “Anthropogenic stressors such as climate change, increased fire frequency, and pollution drive shifts in ecosystem function and resilience. Scientists generally rely on biological indicators of these stressors to signal that ecosystem conditions have been altered. However, these biological indicators are… [more]

Every Street Tree in New York City Has Been Mapped

4th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This map has been developed by New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. “The urban jungle generates $110 million in yearly ecological benefits. Among the fascinating things you’ll learn are that the city’s 680,000 mapped trees are much more than pretty providers of shade. Their ecological benefits include intercepting storm water, conserving energy, removing pollutants from the air,… [more]

Spatial Multi-Scale Relationships of Ecosystem Services: A Case Study Using a Geostatistical Methodology

30th August 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in: NatureResearch Scientific Reports. “Abstract: Adequately understanding the spatial multi-scale relationships of ecosystem services (ES) is an important step for environmental management decision-making. Here, we used spatially explicit methods to estimate five critical ES (nitrogen and phosphorous purifications, crop production, water supply and soil retention) related to non-point source (NPS) pollution… [more]

Lakes, Trees Vital to Health of India’s Growing Cities – Author

24th August 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Thomson Reuters Foundation. In Indian cities, impoverished families rely on nature for things like fruit, fodder and medicinal plants. “Indian cities must do more to nurture their lakes, trees and other natural assets which provide food and water for their poorest residents and protect urban areas from rising heat… [more]