Between 1997 and 2011, the global value of ecosystem services declined by up to US$20 trillion per year as a result of changing land use. Some latest research shows that, in the Asia-Pacific region, this downward trend is likely to continue unless there are significant policy changes.
An economic valuation of the Columbia River Basin will provide critical information that can inform negotiations for a 2024 Treaty update with local Native American tribes. A more expansive view of the Columbia River will allow for ecosystem-based functions to be included in a modernized Treaty.
Environmental policies that invest in natural capital are improving services provided by China's ecosystems, such as flood control and sand storm mitigation, according to research conducted by an international team of scientists.