Enabling Environment

American Planning Association Join New Collaboration to Promote Nature-Based Solutions

31st March 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on American Planning Association.  “APA is one of six key partners that collectively represent county governments, professional engineers, community planners, floodplain managers, and conservationists. Together, we are united behind a new effort called the “Naturally Resilient Communities,” or NRC, program that promotes the role nature-based solutions can play in helping… [more]

Stressed Street Trees: Mapping the Urban Forests to Save Them – And Us

30th March 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on the Guardian. “…“It’s quite extraordinary the amount of data that we have on our trees,” says a councillor, Cathy Oke, who chairs the city’s environment portfolio. The Urban Forest Visual is a vital part of the city’s urban forest strategy, an ambitious management plan that will see canopy cover… [more]

U.N. Biodiversity Group Confronts Cash Crunch

30th March 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on American Association for the Advancement of Science. “A major effort to size up and preserve biodiversity is under threat, like so many of the species it surveys. The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) had an auspicious start in 2012, signing up 126 member nations and publishing its… [more]

Circular Economy & the Natural Capital Protocol ‘Give the UK the Opportunity to Become Leaders in Infrastructure’

29th March 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

Robert Spencer, director of sustainability at AECOM, writes about the need for adopting circular economy and natural capital approaches in the built environment. This article was originally published on Infrastructure Intelligence.  “Organisations in the infrastructure sector continue to show growing interest in sustainability and climate resilience when planning major developments and 2017 could see a… [more]

Brazilian Water Company Demonstrates Return on Investment for Nature Based Solutions

28th March 2017
Published under: Case Studies,Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on International Water Association. “Balneário Camboriú is both a famous Brazilian beach destination and a water supply management puzzle. The population of the city is just 170,000 year-round but swells to over 800,000 during the summer high season. Like many water utilities facing growing demand and an uncertain climate, the… [more]

A Cup Half Full: Collaborating On Water Security

27th March 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Olam.  “Water is something most of us take for granted. We turn on the tap and it flows. We buy it in bottles. We use it to grow gardens and irrigate food crops. Yet it’s amongst the most precious natural capital on earth. But after decades of deliberation on… [more]