China’s Market-Based System Pays Farmers & Households More Than $5 Billion Per Year to Reduce Deforestation

13th March 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Impact Alpha.  “Environmentalists have talked for decades about the value of the clean air, clean water, biodiversity and other “services” provided by nature. Now comes the fullest accounting to date of actual transactions that pay for such services. The headline number: between $36 billion and $42 billion per year, in… [more]

The Role of Software in Informing Decisions Around Natural Capital – Natural Capital Project

9th March 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published by Stanford Magazine.  “…Since its inception, NatCap has collaborated with more than 150 organizations, mostly NGOs carrying out conservation work, in more than 80 countries. Its reach is enabled by its unique eco-mapping software, which is free and open-source, and guides users in the identification and economic valuation of the… [more]

Are Our Coasts Better Defended By Artificial, Or By Natural Structures?

7th March 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published at “…Natural coastlines have in-built coastal defence in the form of sand dunes and beaches, saltmarsh, mangroves, seagrass and kelp beds, and coral and shellfish reefs. These natural structures can reduce the height of waves as they approach the shore and trap sediment, increasing the height of the land… [more]

Wetlands Attract Tourism, Make Cities Livable

14th February 2018
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Daily Observer. “Liberia’s wetlands, especially those lying around coastal urban areas, are threatened by growing population pressure and human activity. Urban wetlands are essential to making cities livable and also contribute to improving water quality and green spaces in cities, John K. Jallah, Jr., Environmental Protection Agency assistant manager in… [more]

Effective Payment Strategies for Ecosystem Services According to the Asian Development Bank

12th February 2018
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Asian Development Bank. …The most successful of these payment for ecosystem services schemes in Brazil is the Bolsa Floresta program. Initiated in 2007, Bolsa Floresta is widely considered as the biggest payment for ecosystem services program in the world. The program rewards families living in protected areas who agree to… [more]

Scaling Up Seafood Sustainability: An Illustrated Journey

7th February 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Enabling Environment

This report was originally published on The Solutions Journal.  “Forward: After fifteen years of deep involvement in the sustainable seafood movement globally, it became apparent where the movement has excelled and where particular challenges remain. Two things are clear: the ecological health of oceans is still deeply threatened and funding is not always successfully appropriated to… [more]