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Ecosystem Services

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Changes in World’s Forests Portrayed in High Definition

A new study based on Earth-observing satellite data comprehensively describes changes in the world’s forests from the beginning of this century. Published in Science today, this unparalleled survey of global forests tracked forest loss and gain at the spatial granularity of an area covered by a baseball diamond (30-meter resolution).

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

REDD+ Requires Better Monitoring and Reporting

A functional measuring, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system is essential to assess the additionality and impact on forest carbon in REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation) projects. This study assesses the MRV capacity and readiness of project developers at 20 REDD+ projects in Brazil, Peru, Cameroon, Tanzania, Indonesia and Vietnam, using a questionnaire survey and

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.

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