Policy

Nature is Our Strongest Ally in Ensuring Global Water Security

15th May 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The European Sting.  “Cape Town has many identities, including tourist mecca, economic hub and biodiversity hotspot. But its newest identity as poster child for the global water crisis might eclipse the rest. The city’s extraordinary efforts may keep its taps flowing – for now – but the emergency is… [more]

Almost One Thousand Hectares of Cultivated Land, & the Ecosystem Services They Provide, Continue To Be Lost Each Year

11th May 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Phys.org “Each year almost one thousand hectares of cultivated land continue to be lost, thereby wiping out numerous services delivered by the soil, such as filtering water and storing carbon, which are central for our society’s wellbeing. The National Research Programme “Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource” (NRP… [more]

Opinion: The New Indian Forest Policy Is a Lesson in Missing the Woods for the Trees

30th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on The Wire. “India’s non-forest ecosystems are biting the dust in the absence of a holistic conservation policy. In place of the latter, we have a new National Forest Policy that outlines the use of forests in legally binding terms. First drafted by the British to maximise timber production, this… [more]

How Can We Communicate All That Nature Does For Us?

28th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on the Conversation.  “As a conservation professor I believe people need to understand why protecting nature matters to them personally. Appealing to human self-interest has generated support for conservation in Switzerland, for example, where the government protects forests partly because they help prevent landslides and avalanches, or among communities in Botswana which conserve… [more]

‘Failing to Address Natural Capital Degradation Poses Risks Not Only to Health & Environment, But Also to Economic Growth, & Political & Financial Stability’ – European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

20th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Featured

This article was originally published on The European Sting. “Environmental risks to the economy cannot be ignored. The 2018 annual Global Risks Report of the World Economic Forum shows that 5 of the top 10 most likely risks are either environmental, or directly linked to environmental degradation. Extreme weather events, climate change, man-made environmental disasters,… [more]

Scaling Up Efforts to Restore Forests

18th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Phys.org “We are at the cusp of a transformation that is changing societal perspectives and values on our environment. The Bonn Challenge – which seeks to restore 150 million hectares of forest by 2020 – represents a global response to deforestation, land degradation, and climate change. Never mind that… [more]