Biodiversity

Resurrecting the Riverkeepers: Freshwater Mussels

4th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on bioGraphic. “…North America hosts the richest variety of freshwater mussels in the world, and the epicenter for this biodiversity is in the southeastern United States. In surveys, biologists have found more species in a few square meters of the Tennessee River than are found in all of Europe. The… [more]

Working to Protect Myanmar’s Natural Wealth

1st May 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on WWF. “…He, for example, wants investors to know nature matters so they think twice before funding projects to build roads through pristine forests that are home to tigers, elephants and other iconic wildlife. Or funding poorly-constructed hydropower dams in rivers that are the source of drinking water for hundreds… [more]

Livelihoods at Risk as Freshwater Species in Africa’s Largest Lake Face Extinction – IUCN Report

30th April 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on IUCN.  “Seventy-six percent of freshwater species endemic to the Lake Victoria Basin, including many species important to local livelihoods, are threatened with extinction, a new IUCN-led report has found.  The report, Freshwater biodiversity in the Lake Victoria Basin, assesses the global extinction risk of 651 freshwater species, including fishes, molluscs,… [more]

Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People

27th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Yale Environment 360.  “From Alaska to Australia, scientists are turning to the knowledge of traditional people for a deeper understanding of the natural world. What they are learning is helping them discover more about everything from melting Arctic ice, to protecting fish stocks, to controlling wildfires. While he was… [more]

Creaking Cities & Vanishing Ecosystems: The Case of Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh

26th April 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on India Water Portal.  “Ecosystems are complex functioning units that include living as well as non living entities and build on interdependent relationships among these living resources, surrounding habitats and residents of an area. Thus, they can include plants, trees, animals, fish, birds, microorganisms, water bodies, soil and people. Ecosystems can… [more]

We Can Make Large Dams More Friendly to the Environment

24th April 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Scientific American.  “We’re unlikely to tear them all down, but math can help us figure out how to reduce their ecosystem impact Large dams all over the world provide necessary services such as hydropower, flood protection, and water security. The iconic Hoover Dam, for example, generates enough hydropower to serve 1.3 million… [more]