"Speaking Ecosystem Services"

Environmental Economics

Christian Neumann, Linwood Pendleton, Marianne Kettunen and Tundi Agardy: The value of ecosystems and the associated services they provide is receiving growing attention both in the public and decision-making arena. The language of Ecosystem Services essentially translates the complexity of ecological processes and functions into descriptors that define the socio-economic-ecological link. The language of Ecosystem Services creates new connections.

Global No Net Loss of Natural Ecosystems

Nature Conservancy - Science

Published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, “Global no net loss of natural ecosystems,” examines what the concept of no net loss in biodiversity offsetting would mean in practice.

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Conserving India’s Overlooked Freshwater Ecosystems

Nature Conservancy - Science

Conservation in India may conjure images of tigers and forests, but the country has some of the most diverse freshwater ecosystems on the planet. The post Conserving India’s Overlooked Freshwater Ecosystems appeared first on Cool Green Science.

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The genesis of ecosystem services

Environmental Economics

The  Chronicle of Higher Education profiles Gretchen Daily and the  Natural Capital Project : No one knew exactly how the science of ecosystem services would work, beyond the idea that it would combine ecology with economics. People, by definition, would be at its core: An ecosystem can function without humans, but it can provide a service only if we use it.

Designer Ecosystems

Nature Conservancy - Science

More and more frequently I hear about ecosystem restoration—the attempt to reestablish a natural ecosystem on degraded land. Sometimes I even hear that “designer ecosystems” might provide services or experiences similar to or better than nature. When we come to realize that straightened and channelized drainage-ways do not provide much flood control and fish production, ecosystem restoration is frequently recommended for streams. Ideas Ecosystem Services

How Permaculture Can Restore Ecosystems & Communities

Green (Living) Review

Maddy Harland tells the story of the Shona African community who healed their damaged ecosystems. communities ecosystems permacultureThey restored their springs, rebuilt their soil, regenerated their agriculture and alleviated poverty and malnutrition. Permaculture farming has proven effective all over the planet. In the rural Shona African community in Zimbabwe, five villages of 7,000 people have joined together to form the Chikukwa Project, named after their local chief.

Incorporating ecosystem services in marine planning

Environmental Economics

I think if we tried harder, we could've squeezed a few more co-authors onto this one: Incorporating ecosystem services in marine planning: The role of valuation. Abstract: This paper scrutinises the use of ecosystem service valuation for marine planning. Current approaches to marine planning in both countries are presented and the role that ecosystem service valuation could play in this context is outlined.

There’s a Plague in Our Oceans. Can Ecosystem Services Help?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Climate Change Fish & Fisheries Wildlife Disease & Parasites Ecosystem Services Oceans Our Nature ReadsBig disease outbreaks are making our ocean biota sick, from corals with spots and halos to starfish melting away.

Forest’s Ecosystem Management

Environmental News Network

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When is an Ecosystem Service Not an Ecosystem Service?

Nature Conservancy - Science

If an ecosystem produces something useful, but nobody uses it, is still it an ecosystem service? If we become more honest and robust in our valuation, however, we will very soon find ourselves saying that some ecosystems in some places aren’t worth very much at all. Ecosystem services will only provide a compelling case in some places. The value of the world’s ecosystem services and natural capital. Ecosystem Services 1, 50-61.

Floodplains: Protecting & Restoring an Overlooked Ecosystem

Nature Conservancy - Science

A new tool helps protect the many values of floodplains for people and nature. Ideas TNC Science Water

Putting a price tag on ecosystem services

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) A recent article in the New York Times about the work Stanford University biology professor Gretchen Daily is doing in Africa and Costa Rica highlights the importance of ecosystem services, or putting a value on ecosystems. and he also explained as to why we should put a price tag on ecosystem services. InVest includes coastal and marine ecosystem services. There are companies who seek to quantify ecosystems.

A good example of why we need ecosystem services valuation

Environmental Economics

Off-shore windfarms versus rare birds.who should win

Call for papers: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

Environmental Economics

This Special Issue will focus on original research into the application of economic valuation methods to understand and measure the contribution of coastal resources and ecosystems to human well-being. Here is the link:  //www.mdpi.com/journal/water/special_issues/Coastal_economics_ecosystem. From the guest editors: Dear Colleagues, Coastal areas around the world are dynamic environments at the interface of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems.

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I've been slow to adapt but my new research field is "ecosystem services valuation" #chump

Environmental Economics

Following up on my Sarah Ryker keynote presentation at CNREP 2016 post, here is some language from the "Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Federal Decision Making" memo  from the Obama Administration (emphasis added): Specifically, this memorandum: (1) Directs agencies to develop and institutionalize policies to promote consideration of ecosystem services, where appropriate and practicable, in planning,investments, and regulatory contexts.

The Ross Sea – the Last Intact Marine Ecosystem on Earth – and I

10,000 Birds

The Ross Sea is the most productive stretch of water in the Southern Ocean, teeming with large predatory fish, whales, seals, penguins and other animals that form the last intact marine ecosystem on Earth. “Below the 40th latitude there is no law; below the 50th no god; below the 60th no common sense and below the 70th no intelligence whatsoever.” (“Antarctica” by Kim Stanley Robinson, 1998).

Call for papers: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

Environmental Economics

This Special Issue will focus on original research into the application of economic valuation methods to understand and measure the contribution of coastal resources and ecosystems to human well-being. From the guest editors: Dear Colleagues, Coastal areas around the world are dynamic environments at the interface of terrestrial, marine, and freshwater systems.

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Call for papers extended to May 3: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

Environmental Economics

Update from Wally Milon (March 7, 2019):  We have extended the deadline for the special issue of Water on Coastal Resource Economics and Ecosystem Valuation to May 3, 2019. This Special Issue will focus on original research into the application of economic valuation methods to understand and measure the contribution of coastal resources and ecosystems to human well-being.

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Watch How Wolves Rebuilt an Entire Ecosystem

Eco Chic

The video below is a must-watch, because in a brief and beautiful explanation, it is clear why top predators are so very important to healthy ecosystems. The post Watch How Wolves Rebuilt an Entire Ecosystem appeared first on Eco-Chick. Have you ever heard of Rewilding?

Going Viral to Restore Damaged Ecosystems

Nature Conservancy - Science

Invasive species populations grow exponentially putting conservationists at a considerable disadvantage. We will have a solution that can go viral. From the Field Forests Invasive Species Native Plants

Ecosystem Magic: Wolves create Life.

Elephant Journal

How Wolves Change Rivers ”When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” ” – John Muir ~ G+ Comment: ”As we enter the Anthropocene (the 6th great extinction) it’s good to be reminded why we must fight for every species.” ” ~ Reddit comment: ”I think something really […]. Blog (always click 4 all blogs

UN values ecosystem loss to trillions of dollars a year

Green Prophet

Their numbers are amazing – according to their recently released report, the world’s loses ecosystem worth up to $10.6 The study authors have calculated the cost of the “lost ecosystem services value” our planet has suffered in the last decade and a half. There are some things that you can’t put a price tag on – and nature is one of them. Unfortunately, in today’s society value is only understood if it is expressed in currency.

Can Grasslands, The Ecosystem Underdog, Play an Underground Role in Climate Solutions?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Never underestimate the underdog — in sports or in ecosystems. My favorite baseball teams, the Royals and the Cubs, reminded us of this over the last two years, and prairies (the underdog in the world series of ecosystems) proved this again recently in an analysis demonstrating that grasslands have a role to play in our climate change solutions (Ahlering et al. Globally, grasslands are one of the most converted and least protected ecosystems (Hoekstra et al.

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The most Exciting Change in Elephant in 10 years—the Ecosystem Rating.

Elephant Journal

In the above image, you’ll see “Ecosystem Rating” top left. […]. Main Categories* Enlightened Society Waylon Lewis WAYLON: Today Only ecosystemYou can read the above article (I wrote it). It talks about…yes, nonpartisanship, and facts. But that’s not what this letter is about. This letter is about the most exciting thing in Elephant’s history since transitioning online, from a national ecoprint magazine 10 years ago.

Tent Camping Banned in Three of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s Campgrounds

Wend Magazine

For the duration of the summer season, tent camping will not be allowed in three of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s campgrounds in order to prevent dangerous incidents between bears and humans. The Soda Butte, Colter and Chief Joseph campgrounds will allow only hard-sided campers made from metal or hard plastic.

Burning for Biodiversity: How Hunting Promotes Healthy Ecosystems in the Australian Desert

Nature Conservancy - Science

Now, anthropological research shows that Martu burning — performed during hunting for sand goanna — actually increases biodiversity and benefits the desert ecosystem. These large wildfires don’t create the same patch-mosaic vegetation structure as Martu burning, and the result in changes to the ecosystem were an added challenge for native fauna already stressed by invasive predators.

Couple turns lawn into ecosystem; officials threaten to mow it down

Green (Living) Review

I had essentially grown a working ecosystem, one that had been waiting for the chance to emerge … The un-mowed plants in our yard attract plant-eating bugs and rodents, which in turn attract birds, bats, toads and garter snakes that eat them. Town elders, however, didn’t see Baker’s lawn as a functioning ecosystem; they saw it as a nuisance.

How To Create A Permaculture Garden That Supports Your Local Ecosystem

Green (Living) Review

Permaculture principles go a step beyond organic and help your plants truly thrive. Combining the best of natural landscaping and edible gardening, permaculture systems sustain both themselves and their caregivers. The ultimate purpose of permaculture—a word coined in the mid-1970s by two Australians, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren—is to develop a site until it meets all the needs of its inhabitants, from food and shelter to fuel and entertainment.

How Wildflowers Benefit the Ecosystem

Eco Friendly Daily

To others, it is a thing of beauty and an ecosystem alive with buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies. In reality, it is an ecosystem that is rich in biodiversity and habitat for a wide variety of organisms. Endangered Ecosystems. Grasslands represent one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet. To some people, a field of wildflowers is a jumbled mess that needs weeding or a good brush fire.

Nutcrackers, Whitebark Pine, and a Bond That Holds an Ecosystem Together

Nature Conservancy - Science

Her doctoral work here in Wyoming’s Bridger–Teton National Forest—just east of Grand Teton National Park and smack in the middle of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—has included 76 radio-tagged nutcrackers. Clark’s Nutcracker is a keystone species, whitebark pine is a keystone species, and they’re both in a key mutualism in this ecosystem,” she says. The whitebark pine and the Clark’s Nutcracker are evolutionary soul mates that help hold an ecosystem together.

Woodpecker Skull Design, Novel Ecosystems, Yawning Wolves and More

Nature Conservancy - Science

I hate that new stuff : Are novel ecosystems cheapening restoration policies? Woodpeckers pound their heads repeatedly with no ill effects. What can we learn from them? Photo credit: Flickr user Andrew Morffew via a Creative Commons 2.0 license. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team.

What makes an entrepreneurial ecosystem?

The Green Changemakers

In other words, we operate our own proprietary ecosystem, designed to defeat toxic startup environments and to build scalable businesses. TheFamily — building our own private ecosystem against a toxic environment ‘Ecosystem’ : the problem is that the very term has become a bit of a cliché. It has become irritating to hear everyone talking about the damned ‘ecosystem’, all the more so because in reality it’s often not an ecosystem but a toxic environment for startups.

When Humans Leave: Chernobyl Ecosystem 30 Years Later.

Elephant Journal

Scientists now say that the effects from some of the world's biggest nuclear disasters are less damaging to the Earth than. Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Conscious Consumerism (Sustainable Business) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Europe Green WAYLON: Today Only Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today Z ADMIN Green Featured Today chernobyl environment europe nature nuclear radiation wildlife

King Crabs Devastating Antarctic Ecosystem

Eco Friendly Daily

Scientists predicted years ago that king crabs would some day enter and change the ecosystem in the Antarctic. Scientists now fear that the king crabs will overpower the ecosystem and destroy species already acclimated to the region. Removal of the crabs may one day be required to help the ecosystem of the Antarctic survive. King crabs are highly temperature dependent, but temperatures in the Antarctic are warming and king crabs are establishing themselves.

Nets Destroying Ecosystems In Kenya

Eco Friendly Daily

But now Kenyans are struggling between providing for their families and destroying their surrounding ecosystems that they depend upon. A USAID official, Robert Buzzard, noted that there were no studies performed prior to the dispersal of the nets to see what kind of impact the nets would or could have on ecosystems. USAID is also taking little responsibility for any ecosystem damage, pointing to local organizations to instruct locals about proper net usage.

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UN launches Decade on Biodiversity to stem loss of ecosystems

Green (Living) Review

In his own statement at the launch of the Decade, Mr. Akasaka stressed that stable ecosystems have the capacity to create jobs. The United Nations today launched the Decade on Biodiversity with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging humanity to live in harmony with nature and to preserve and properly manage its riches for the prosperity of current and future generations.

Crisis of Will: A Family Ecosystem Out of Balance.

Elephant Journal

Will is not the parent winning and the child losing, or vice versa. Will—healthy will—is. Arts & Culture Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Health & Wellness Crisis of Will doing For Children how to be a modern day parent leading by example parenting well-being

Acidification Of Oceans Risking Ecosystems

Eco Friendly Daily

Keep in mind that oceanic ecosystems have been built under the 8.2 ” Acidification could easily destroy countless ecosystems, and therefore our own. Recently, a group of more than 150 marine researchers top in their field drafted a declaration entitled the “Monaco Declaration”. The declaration focuses on the fact that ocean acidity is drastically increasing due to carbon dioxide emissions.

What is the Best Type of Farm for Birding?

Nature Conservancy - Science

From the Field Agriculture Birds Ecosystem Services TNC Science WildlifeWhen it comes to agricultural lands, new research shows some are better for birds than others.

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The Marsh Arabs Who Restored A Global Ecosystem

Green Prophet

And a new generation of Iraqi environmentalists as well as the Marsh Arabs have played their part in restoring a global ecosystem which has existed for over 7,000 years. The Marsh Arabs that are returning to their homes in the marshes are also playing an important role in the recovery of this precious ecosystem. Azzam Alwash (left), director of the environmental organisation Nature Iraq, talks with a Marsh Arab who lives in the Mesopotamian Marshlands of Iraq.

Book Review: Capitalizing on Nature- Ecosystems as Natural Assets

Green Prophet

“Nature has provided ecosystems and their benefits to us for free… perhaps because this capital has been provided freely to us, we humans have tended to view it as limitless, abundant, and thus perhaps always available for our use, exploitation, and conversion.” (p.3). However, in his latest book, ‘Capitalizing on Nature- Ecosystems as Natural Assets’ , Edward Barbier argues that the economy can also be part of the solution.

Research Suggests Frequent Fires Could Help Forest Ecosystems

Green (Living) Review

In a recent interview with ScienceDaily.com, John Bailey, an associate professor in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University, discussed the beneficial role that fire plays in managing and enriching forest ecosystems. Burning is a natural ecosystem process and generally helps restore forest ecosystems. Honest? Yet another study was required to find out what the ancients knew ages ago.

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Study: Water Ecosystems Impacted By Boat Turbulence

Eco Friendly Daily

Zooplankton are a key element of water ecosystems as they are near the bottom of the food chain. Zooplankton are known to be disturbed by turbulence, however, a new experiment found that turbulence from boats my have an unknown number of potential impacts on water ecosystems. However, the scientists are not certain whether this phenomenon is of significance worldwide overall, however, the increased deaths of copepods could have significant impacts on water ecosystems.