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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 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

Friday, December 21st, 2012

ERA and Wildlife Works Deliver First REDD+ Project in the Congo Basin Rainforest

ERA Carbon Offsets Ltd. and Wildlife Works Carbon LLC are pleased to announce the validation and verification of the first REDD+ project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The project has earned 2.5 million tonnes of Verified Emission Reductions to date and will generate an average of 5.6 million tonnes annually.

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Emerging Consensus Shows Climate Change Already Having Major Effects on Ecosystems and Species

Plant and animal species are shifting their geographic ranges and the timing of their life events – such as flowering, laying eggs or migrating – at faster rates than researchers documented just a few years ago, according to a technical report on biodiversity and ecosystems used as scientific input for the 2013 Third National Climate

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Risks to Sovereign Bonds Due to Overuse of Natural Resources Need Greater Attention: New Report

Consideration of environmental risks and natural resource constraints is becoming increasingly important in assessing a nation’s credit risk, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and Global Footprint Network, in collaboration with leading financial institutions. The project calculated natural resource risk profiles for five pilot countries. On December

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

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