Ecosystem services are gaining the attention of government officials around the world. A new BSR working paper finds that by late 2013, 68 countries had engaged in work on ecosystem services, ranging from research and task forces to promoting new policies.
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Animal, plant, and marine biodiversity keeps ecosystems functional, allowing us to survive, get enough to eat, and make a living. When species disappear or fall in number, ecosystems and people suffer. Biodiversity is especially important to the poor — 75% of whom live in rural areas and depend on nature for their food and livelihoods.
On Nov. 21-22, 2013, Scotland played host to 500 delegates from more than 30 countries who came together for the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital. One of the main aims of the World Forum was to move the debate on natural capital forward to action.
The next wave of investment and innovation in Africa will be driven by the need for new energy resources, wealth generation and job creation, the head of the United Nations environment agency told regional leaders, making a case for the need to place value on natural resources.
This document sets out the scope of work that the Natural Capital Coalition (the ‘Coalition’) wishes to commission. The Coalition selects its tenderers through a competitive process and this document describes that process and explains how tenderers may tender for the work described.
Today the World Resources Institute (WRI), Google, and a group of more than 40 partners launched Global Forest Watch (GFW), a dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests. For the first time, Global Forest Watch unites the latest satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests.
This seminar series (held weekly on Wednesday’s) will synthesize existing information about the value of ecosystem services and natural capital and present it in a form useful for ecologists, economists, policy makers, and the general public. It will also be helpful in valuing natural capital in 'green' national accounting systems which are currently being proposed in many countries.
The Natural Capital Business Hub, launched Feb. 19, 2014 at the 2014 GreenBiz Forum, showcases the natural capital efforts of more than 40 companies — from Alcoa to Lockheed Martin to YES Bank — representing $1.4 trillion in revenues. Nonprofits involved include BSR, Trucost and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The hub's core tool is a database of case studies, which can be searched by industry, geography, benefit, approach or ecosystem.
A look at some of the efforts underway to better value natural capital and help financial markets begin to incorporate information about the impacts and dependencies on ecosystem services by a company or investment, as well as associated risks and opportunities.