Resilience

Why We Must Move From Measuring Only Impacts to Also Measuring Dependencies on the Natural World

24th November 2017
Published under: Featured,Natural Capital Coalition

This article was originally published on Raconteur. The way businesses, governments and individuals assess their relationships to nature has been rapidly evolving over the past half century, and this awareness has surged in the last decade  “In the mid-20th century, the burgeoning impacts of humanity on the natural world were becoming increasingly evident. A tipping point was… [more]

Comprehending the Multiple ‘Values’ of Green Infrastructure – Valuing Nature-Based Solutions for Urban Water Management from Multiple Perspectives

15th November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Environmental Research.  “Highlights:  We compare different attempts to evaluate the benefits of urban greening options. Economic valuations of different hypothetical development scenarios are reported. Two schemes incorporating Nature Based Solutions were assessed for viability. Developer profits were reduced despite residents’ willingness to pay for greening. Developers are unlikely to… [more]

Biodiversity Moves Beyond Counting Species – Nature

14th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published in Nature.  “Emmett Duffy was about 5 metres under water off the coast of Panama, when a giant, tan-and-white porcupine fish caught his eye. The slow-moving creature would have been a prime target for predators if not for the large, treelike branches of elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) it was sheltering… [more]

Money Might Grow on Trees: Investing in Natural Capital to Improve Resilience

14th November 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published at Aldersgate Group.  “As the full extent of the damages from recent natural disasters are calculated across the Caribbean and the Southern United States and Lloyds of London begins paying out $4.5bn of claims, there is a stronger argument than ever to invest in natural capital as a way of improving… [more]

Natural Climate Solutions

30th October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in PNAS.  “Most nations recently agreed to hold global average temperature rise to well below 2 °C. We examine how much climate mitigation nature can contribute to this goal with a comprehensive analysis of “natural climate solutions” (NCS): 20 conservation, restoration, and/or improved land management actions that increase carbon storage… [more]

Mechanisms Mediating the Contribution of Ecosystem Services to Human Wellbeing & Resilience

25th October 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Ecosystem Services.  Highlights:  People influence multiple steps in the delivery of ecosystem services. Mediating mechanisms control flows along the ecosystem service cascade. Mechanisms are: management, mobilization, allocation-appropriation, and appreciation. Mechanisms depend on contextual mediating factors (rules, assets, values, space). Mechanisms are controlled by diverse stakeholders and reflect power issues.… [more]