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Ecosystem Services

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Great Bear Forest to be Massive Carbon Offset Project

An unprecedented new carbon offset project, among the largest ever conceived, promises industrial logging will not return to the Great Bear rainforest. Beginning this year, the Gitga’at and seven neighbouring First Nations will “harvest” one million tonnes of “carbon offsets” from the Great Bear Rainforest, sharing millions of dollars in revenue with the province over

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

UK Consortium to Help Fight Global Deforestation through REDD+

UK satellite imaging company DMCii has successfully led a multi-disciplinary consortium to win a place on the Department for International Development (DfID) Forest Governance Markets and Climate (FGMC) Framework Agreement. This means they will be able to bid for projects to monitor forest governance and deforestation globally, and its effects on local communities.

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership Launches

Last week, experts from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and our colleagues from Brazilian businesses and organizations gathered at the Botanical Garden in Rio de Janeiro. WRI, the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), and the Center for Sustainability Studies at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (GVces) launched the Brazilian Business and Ecosystem Services Partnership

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Water & Ecosystem Goods and Services

The aim of this meeting will be to accelerate the practical application of ecosystem goods and services thinking into workable procedures throughout the wider water sector, in order to meet the urgent requirement of applying this to the current planning cycles including the periodic review process to 2014, WFD ( RBMP15), water resources and flooding

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The Countries of the Congo Basin are Using Geo-spatial Technologies for the Sustainable Development of Forest Ecosystems

The partnership established in 2010 between the AFD and Astrium aims, in the long term, to freely distribute SPOT satellite images to governments, public institutions and NGOs that work for the sustainable management of forests in Central Africa.  This programme for the provision of SPOT satellite images, which is financed by the AFD for a

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Manila Dialogue Tackles Ecosystem, Biodiversity

Senior environment officials, and finance and economic experts from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore will hold this week a two-day high-level dialogue in Manila on the issues of ecosystem and biodiversity for the region’s economic development. The dialogue, which is part of a project jointly undertaken by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Interior Releases regional Study on Carbon Stored in Ecosystems

The Department of the Interior today released the first in a series of regional studies measuring the amount of carbon stored in U.S. ecosystems. Published by Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the study examines the current and projected future carbon storage in the Great Plains region, as part of a nation-wide assessment.

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

An Experimental Framework for Ecosystem Capital Accounting in Europe

Ecosystems such as forests, wetlands and rivers as well as pastures or cropland supply basic goods and services. These include food, fibre, energy, clean water, temperature control and flood regulation, which are critical for people’s wellbeing. However, the value of ecosystems is only accounted for in the economy when they provide monetary profits.  Other ecosystem

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Conserving and Valuing Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity

Conserving and Valuing Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity: Economic, Institutional and Social Challenges provides a much needed survey reflecting upon recent institutional experience yielding analysis that concludes that there exists financially rigorous rationale to justify conservation of biodiversity for economic reasons, above and beyond the usual rationale of conservation only for biodiversity, spiritual or ethical reasons.

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