Pollination

Decline in Pollinators Puts Supply of Raw Materials for Global Business at Risk, Says Report

13th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Independent.  “Businesses face a shortage of raw materials and a drop in the quality of crop as the number of bees decline worldwide, a new report warns. Approximately three quarters of crops around the world depend on pollination, all of which could soon be threatened as more than a… [more]

The Pollination Deficit: Towards Supply Chain Resilience in the Face of Pollinator Decline

13th April 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

“Companies face potential shortages of raw materials, a fall in crop quality and challenges around security of supply because of an emerging pollination deficit, according to a report authored by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the University of… [more]

Migrating Insects Provide Crucial Ecosystem Services

13th April 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on ScienceNews.  “Every autumn, a quiet mountain pass in the Swiss Alps turns into an insect superhighway. For a couple of months, the air thickens as millions of migrating flies, moths and butterflies make their way through a narrow opening in the mountains. For Myles Menz, it’s a front-row seat… [more]

Complementarity & Synergisms Among Ecosystem Services Supporting Crop Yield

10th April 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Global Food Security. Highlights Crop yield depends on biotic pest regulation, pollination, and nutrient cycling. Such dependence occurs simultaneously, rather than one service at a time. Complementary effects between services on crop yield are the most frequent. Positive interactions are common, while evidence for negative interactions is weak. Agricultural… [more]

Without Birds, Lizards, & Other Vertebrate Pollinators, Plant Reproduction Could Decline by Two-Thirds

9th April 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Yale Environment 360.  “Bees tend to get the most attention as pollinators critical to the survival of plant species. But lizards, mice, bats, and other vertebrates also act as important pollinators. A new study finds that fruit and seed production drops an average 63 percent when vertebrates, but not insects, are… [more]

Food Systems Depend On Health Of Natural World, IUCN Emphasises At Future of Farming Debate

29th March 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on IUCN.  “European and global food systems will only be able to continue delivering if the natural world is in a healthy condition, IUCN’s Global Director for Policy, Cyriaque Sendashonga, said on Tuesday (27 March) during a major event in Brussels on the future of agriculture. Agricultural systems are deeply… [more]