Ecosystem Services

Marine Ecosystem Services Valuation – Fiji

19th July 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on IUCN.  “…The Government, through the Ministries of Environment and of Fisheries, is working together with other government agencies and a range of stakeholders to achieve its commitment to establish a network of 30% MPAs by 2020. As part of a proposed 10 step process for setting up a network… [more]

New York Times: California Is Preparing for Extreme Weather By Restoring Habitats

19th July 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The New York Times. “For years, there has been a movement in California to restore floodplains, by moving levees back from rivers and planting trees, shrubs and grasses in the low-lying land between. The goal has been to go back in time, to bring back some of the habitat… [more]

New Market Opportunity Funds Grassland Conservation as a Carbon Sink

18th July 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This press release was originally published on Environmental Defense Fund.  “USDA, EDF and landowners generate and sell the first registered credits that preserve native prairie and soil carbon A new market opportunity pays farmers and ranchers to preserve grasslands and lock carbon into the soil. The sale of the first listed grassland carbon credits will allow… [more]

Pay More Attention to Forests to Avert Global Water Crisis, Researchers Urge

17th July 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Mongabay.  Story highlights: According to a new report, the growing human population and climate change are exacerbating a looming global water crisis that has already hit home in places like Australia’s Murray Darling basin — but the crisis could potentially be averted if humans paid more attention to the… [more]

For Thriving Cities, People vs Nature is a False Choice Says The World Bank

17th July 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The World Bank. “Municipal leaders face hundreds of difficult choices every day. With so many needs and worthy programs, how does one choose where to invest limited funding? In the face of pressing human needs, cities too often decide that funding for environmental programs will have to wait. But… [more]

The US Could Offset 50% of its Emissions by 2050 by Restoring 50m Acres of Forests & Other Ecosystems

16th July 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Georgetown Public Policy Review.  “…Trees and grass take in CO2 through their leaves and stalks, making them one of the best available tools for reducing carbon. In 2014, U.S. forests, grasslands, and other natural sources sequestered 762 million metric tons (MMT) of CO2 which offset around 11 percent of total U.S. greenhouse… [more]