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Ecosystem Services

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Deforestation in Tropical Regions Contributed 3.0 Gigatons of CO2 per Year to the Atmosphere from 2000-2005

The Ecosystem Services Unit of Winrock International (WI) and Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) today announced they have reached scientific consensus on gross carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from tropical deforestation.  The analysis provides a crucial piece of information that now allows policymakers to confidently set targets for emissions reductions based on scientifically derived benchmarks. 

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Ecosystem Services – Vital for Human and Wildlife Populations

Ecological services derived from healthy streams, wetlands, and riparian zones include food, freshwater, flood control, water treatment, and recreational opportunities to mention only a few. They are vital for human well-being and maintaining healthy wildlife populations. Their benefits are felt locally in the form of providing drinking water and food, while on a global scale

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

The German Federal Agency For Nature Conservation Endorses Payments For Ecosystem Services

Nature has its price, but seldom do we pay for its use. Because ecosystem services such as clean water, pollination, climate regulation or coastal protection often do not cause any costs for businesses, the depletion of these services is not considered. And yet, society and businesses are equally affected by the consequences of losing  ecosystem

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Mobilizing the Global Business Community to Achieve Sustainable Prosperity

Transnational corporations are now so numerous and in some cases so well capitalized that their global influence now rivals and in many cases exceeds that of governments, according to research published by the Worldwatch Institute.

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Place Forests Under Local Control to Increase Incomes and Sustainability

To increase the incomes of many of the billion forest-dependent people worldwide the current model for investment in forests must be turned on its head. An initiative of unprecedented scale, led by The Forests Dialogue (TFD), IUCN and  the Growing Forests Partnerships (GFP), has found that optimizing the benefits and productivity of forests requires moving

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

David Suzuki Foundation and Google Team on Map App for Natural Capital

The David Suzuki Foundation and Google Earth Outreach are launching an online map that will allow residents and decision-makers to zoom in to their community and calculate the economic value of natural capital assets. The sophisticated services that nature provides are not only misunderstood and underappreciated; they tend to be ignored in modern economics and urban

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

David Suzuki Foundation and Google Team on Map App for Natural Capital

The David Suzuki Foundation and Google Earth Outreach are launching an online map that will allow residents and decision-makers to zoom in to their community and calculate the economic value of natural capital assets. The sophisticated services that nature provides are not only misunderstood and underappreciated; they tend to be ignored in modern economics and urban

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

To Achieve Scale, REDD Must Embrace Satellite Technology

Carbon projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) can save rainforests and slow climate change by keeping carbon locked in trees, but this mechanism and its sibling, REDD+, can only scale up if investors will know how many trees there are, and how much carbon is stored within them and

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Green vs. Gray Infrastructure: When Nature Trumps Concrete

People often don’t think of forests, wetlands, coral reefs, and other natural ecosystems as forms of infrastructure. But they are. Forests, for instance, can prevent silt and pollutants from entering streams that supply freshwater to downstream cities and businesses. They can act as natural water filtration plants. As such, they are a form of “green

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Indonesia’s Mangrove Loss Threatens Community Resilience

Millions of hectares of mangrove forests in Indonesia are being lost to agriculture, oil palm plantations and even fish farms, making coastal communities more vulnerable to the force of tropical storms and the loss of livelihoods and products. “There’s quite a lot of evidence that mangroves reduce wave and wind energy in relation to storms,

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