Data Tools & Methodologies

Invitation to Contribute Methodologies That Account for Biodiversity Impacts &/or Dependencies Within Natural Capital Assessments

3rd August 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Featured,Natural Capital Coalition

  Have you developed a tool, methodology or resource that can help business measure, account for and/or value biodiversity within natural capital assessments? If so, we would like to hear from you! Submit a tool, method or resource. Background The Natural Capital Coalition is running a project with the Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), a collaboration… [more]

Information Content of Global Ecosystem Service Databases & Their Suitability for Decision Advice

30th July 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published on Ecosystem Services. “Abstract: Databases have the potential to facilitate the integration of ecosystem service (ES) information into decision advice by collecting and condensing big data volumes in a standardized form. In this article we examined how ES databases support policy instrumentsto take nature’s benefits into account in decision-making. We analyzed 29 databases with… [more]

A Unified Model for Optimizing Riverscape Conservation

30th July 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Abstract“: Spatial prioritization tools provide a means of finding efficient trade‐offs between biodiversity protection and the delivery of ecosystem services. Although a large number of prioritization approaches have been proposed in the literature, most are specifically designed for terrestrial systems. When applied to river ecosystems, they often… [more]

Conservation Priorities to Protect Vertebrate Endemics from Global Urban Expansion

2nd July 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Biological Conservation.  “Highlights Urban growth could directly impact 13% of terrestrial vertebrate endemics. The large majority (78%) of these species are in just 30 ecoregions (4% of total). 4.1–8.0 million ha of habitat could be lost in these ecoregions. Incorporating biodiversity into urban planning will be key in these ecoregions. “Abstract: Earth… [more]

Europe Can Overcome Water Challenges Through Improved Protection of Nature

27th June 2018
Published under: Case Studies,Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Phys.org “Europe needs to overcome its water quality and water scarcity challenges through improved resource efficiency and nature protection. An EU-funded initiative has developed a framework that evaluates the impact of technical or management solutions for freshwater ecosystems on ecosystem services (ESS). The DESSIN project developed a method for… [more]

Study: Payments for Environmental Services Supported Social Capital While Increasing Land Management

21st June 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. “Abstract: Payments for environmental services (PES) programs incentivize landowners to protect or improve natural resources. Many conservationists fear that introducing compensation for actions previously offered voluntarily will reduce social capital (the institutions, relationships, attitudes, and values… [more]