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.
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A blog on how the application of the Integrated Economic-Environmental Modelling (IEEM) platform is being used to analyze Guatemala’s fuelwood sector by simulating a 25% increase in the efficiency of household fuelwood use.
A natural capital team has conducted extensive mapping exercises, community consultations, and data modeling for the Belize Government in order to define which ecosystems are healthiest and which are most in danger.
IIED has just finished working with the first phase of the WAVES Global Partnership; here's what we've learned and what we would want to pass on to communication specialists starting from scratch in a new WAVES country.
The contribution from nature sustains and nurtures communities and is a source of well being as it provides income, health and spiritual fulfillment.
The UN calls for greater preservation efforts for mangroves, which help protect coastlines and mitigate the effects of climate change.
While Latin America keeps expanding its agricultural frontier by converting large areas of forest, Costa Rica has taken a different path and is now a role model for a peaceful coexistence between food production and sustainable forestry.
Drought and deforestation highlight the importance of factoring natural capital into long-term development decisions.
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.
A Yale University study placed a value on Kansas' water using data on aquifer levels and water use, and found the U.S. state lost about $110 million each year between 1996 and 2005.