From around the web

Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey

April 11, 2013

A two-minute video created by famed cartoonist Jim Toomey titled "The True Value of Our Oceans" was released by the United Nations Environment Programme's North American regional office at the WAVES Partnership meeting. Watch the video.

50-50 Initiative: High-Level Ministerial Dialogue

(WAVES Partnership)
April 04, 2013

62 countries, 90 corporations, 17 civil society members supported the 50-50 initiative in Rio+20 in June, 2012. They are coming together for a High Level Ministerial Dialogue in Washington DC on April 18.

Third Annual Partnership Meeting of WAVES

(WAVES Partnership)
April 04, 2013

The third annual partnership meeting of the Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership will be held in Washington, DC from April 9 to 11, 2013. This meeting will bring together WAVES countries, UN agencies, donors, CSOs and other institutions supporting Natural Capital Accounting. The meeting will explore how to engage decision makers and how to build a stronger partnership.

Report: Organisational Change for Natural Capital Management: Strategy and Implementation

(TEEB for Business Coalition)
March 27, 2013

The study, "Organisational Change for Natural Capital Management: Strategy and Implementation" was commissioned by the TEEB for Business Coalition to explore a model for organisational change based on an assessment of leading businesses on the behaviour change motivations for Natural Capital Management. The study is based on data collected from 26 pioneering companies (60% of them with $10 Billion+ revenues each) across several industry sectors.

Capacity Building in Botswana

March 19, 2013

WAVES in Botswana held a two-day training workshop on water accounts. The first morning introduced the senior management in the government to the Water Accounting tool and its relevance to resource management and development planning. Sessions were held for various government departments explaining their role in the process and to familiarize them with technical expertise on how to conduct these accounts.

The Value of Wetlands in Protecting Southeast Louisiana from Hurricane Storm Surges

(Plos One)
March 13, 2013

This research article shows that the presence of coastal marshes and their vegetation has a demonstrable effect on reducing storm surge levels, thus generating significant values in terms of protecting property in southeast Louisiana, USA.

Interview with Glenn-Marie Lange, Program Manager, WAVES

(Beyond GDP)
March 06, 2013

In this interview to Beyond GDP, Glenn-Marie Lange, Program Manager for Global Partnership for Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES),says, " a critical mass of countries to implement the SEEA central framework is needed, as is work on the development of agreed methodologies. Compiling a compelling body of evidence of how this can be used for policy-making will also help countries decide to invest in such accounts."

Natural Capital Accounting Post Rio+20

(TEEB for Business)
February 27, 2013

Hosted by the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank on Tuesday 5 March, 2013, the event focused on natural capital accounting – what was done since last year’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development ("Rio+20") and what it will take to translate widespread support into action and make natural capital accounting a reality.

Interview with Dorothy Maxwell, Director of the TEEB for Business Coalition

(Accounting for Sustainability Community)
February 22, 2013

In this interview with A4S, Dr. Dorothy Maxwell, Director of the TEEB for Business Coalition, shares some key insights into the Coalition’s work for 2013 and beyond.

Glenn-Marie Lange, Program Manager for WAVES, speaks at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

February 15, 2013

The meeting was held in Boston on February 16, 2013 and her session, titled 'From Promise to Proof: How Ecosystem Service Science Is Transforming Real Decisions', focused on the challenges of incorporating ecosystem services into natural capital accounting, and identifying the policy questions such accounts can address, at both macroeconomic and sectoral/landscape level.