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Ecosystem Services

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

World’s First Verified “Triple Gold” Carbon Offset Distinction Earned by Cambodia’s Oddar Meanchey Project to Prevent Deforestation

The Oddar Meanchey REDD+ Project in Cambodia is the first project in the world to earn the verified “Triple Gold” distinction under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards for its avoided greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. SCS Global Services (SCS) independently verified the avoided emissions based on the project’s deforestation avoidance measures under both the

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

National Science Foundation Awards $19.4 million for Research on Coupled Natural and Human Systems

How and why is tea quality vulnerable to changing climate conditions, and how do these changes affect farming communities and land-use strategies? Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) program will use tea production and consumption systems as a case study to explore the complex interactions

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

REDD+ Talks Convene in New York City

  Leaders from the private, public and civil society sectors convened at REDD+ Talks: NYC to discuss their experiences of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and the role of the private sector in advancing this critical mechanism to tackle deforestation and climate change.

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Ecologists Map the Benefits of Our Ecosystems

We rely on our physical environment for many things — clean water, land for crops or pastures, storm water absorption, and recreation, among others. Yet it has been challenging to figure out how to sustain the many benefits people obtain from nature — so-called “ecosystem services” — in any given landscape because an improvement in

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Commits £5million to Further Valuing Nature Research

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have committed £5million to further Valuing Nature research. The future 5 year programme will support interdisciplinary research to tackle priority research questions. NERC are also committed to maintaining the networking part of the programme, with continued support for the Valuing Nature Network.

Friday, April 12th, 2013

New Map Sharpens View of African Ecosystems

A team of African and North American scientists led by the U.S. Geological Survey and NatureServe, a conservation non-profit organization, has created a series of continent-wide ecosystem maps that offer the most detailed portrayals of Africa’s natural setting yet produced. The new maps and related data on landforms, geology, bioclimates, and vegetation can be used

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Seeing the Sudd from Space

The Sudd wetland of South Sudan is one of the largest tropical wetlands in the world. However, despite covering an area twice the size of Spain in the wet season, very little is known about the number of people it supports or the current state of its biodiversity. “The wetland as a whole and its

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

New Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services Site Launched

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)  is pleased to announce the launch of the newly-designed Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services (ForCES) project website. The new website aims to meet the needs of project participants and to communicate more widely with the public about project developments.

Friday, February 8th, 2013

New TEEB Report Integrates Wetland Value and Economic Policy

Flood control, storm resistance, carbon sequestration, water filtration and biodiversity conservation are just a few of the ecosystem services wetlands provide to people. These wetlands are inextricably linked to human health and world economies as our drinking water and food supply, agricultural production, fisheries and tourism depend on their wellness. Wetlands are an important part

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

First-Ever, REDD+ Project in the State of Acre, Brazil to Achieve Dual VCS-CCBS Validation

CarbonCo, LLC, a subsidiary of the Carbonfund.org Foundation, a leading climate solutions organization, is excited to announce the Purus Project, a Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) forest conservation project, has officially become the first-ever REDD+ project in the State of Acre, Brazil to achieve dual-validation to the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the

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