Policy

United States “Undervaluing Healthy Lakes & Rivers” in Policy Making

15th October 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on ScienceNews.  “Economists often ignore the human health benefits of keeping water bodies clean Most U.S. government attempts to quantify the costs and benefits of protecting the country’s bodies of water are likely undervaluing healthy lakes and rivers, researchers argue in a new study. That’s because some clean water benefits get… [more]

As Australia’s Mining boom Wanes, Rehabilitation of Abandoned Mines Offers Lessons For The World

15th October 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Ensia. “Across the globe, countries are figuring out how to bring plants and animals back to abandoned mines. With as many as 60,000 such sites, Australia could offer important lessons. Kakadu is the jewel in the crown of Australia’s national parks, but this unique wilderness is also home to one of… [more]

Net Effects of Birds in Agroecosystems

3rd October 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This paper was originally published in BioScience.  “Abstract: Incorporating both ecosystem services and disservices into land-use decisions is essential for meeting conservation and livelihood goals. We discuss the merits and challenges of this concept, termed net effects, for birds in agroecosystems. Although birds have widely documented impacts on agriculture (e.g., pest control, crop damage), the net… [more]

Addressing Challenges As Parts Within A Larger System Can Provide Us With Valuable Insights & Influence Our Decisions

19th September 2018
Published under: Featured,Natural Capital Coalition,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published in Raconteur and distributed in The Times.  “As large swathes of the global population have become wealthier and more comfortable, we have moved into cities, outsourced the production of our food and resources and, many believe, decoupled ourselves from nature. But as cracks continue to appear in natural systems and the… [more]

BBC: Exploring Nature Based Solutions to Sequester C02

12th September 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the BBC. “Planting millions of acres of trees and energy crops as well as restoring wetlands and coastal habitats could help the UK become carbon neutral by 2050. A new report says that these and other, newer technologies will be needed, even with stringent CO2 emissions cuts. The authors… [more]

Tanzania Announces Historic Move to Restore 5.2 Million Hectares of Degraded Land

3rd September 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on WWF. “WWF commends the  government of Tanzania’s commitment, announced today, to restore 5.2 million hectares of degraded and deforested land. The commitment is part of the African Forest Landscape Restoration (AFR100) Initiative under the Bonn Challenge, a global effort  to restore 100 million hectares in Africa and 350 million… [more]