"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.

Forest’s Ecosystem Management

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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.

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

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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).

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.

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.

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

Environmental Economics

environmental economists should have a lot to say about the last item under the first bullet point (a later slide mentioned "ecosystem services valuation" under "research agenda"

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. Ideas Ecosystem Services

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?

Environmental Impact of Pharmaceuticals on the Ecosystem - The Gradual Pollution of Major Bodies of Water


Once upon a time, in a land almost no one living has ever seen, the rivers and streams of North America were so pure one could drink with cupped hands or a tin cup.

Deep Sea Mining: The Next Big Threat to our Oceans.

Elephant Journal

Nautilus Minerals will be the first company making a high-stakes gamble with our oceans' fragile ecosystem, and the first to commercialize on the natural.

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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. From the Autumn 2015 issue of Living Bird magazine.

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A good example of why we need ecosystem services valuation

Environmental Economics

Off-shore windfarms versus rare birds.who should win

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.

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.

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).

Coastal Wetlands Prevented $625M in Property Damage During Hurricane Sandy

Nature Conservancy - Science

Climate Change From the Field Ideas NatureTech Ecosystem Services Nature-based Solutions Oceans Valuing NaturePut a dollar value on it: engineers, ecologists and risk modelers team up to measure the value of coastal wetlands for reducing hurricane risk.

Sustainable Ocean Development is Possible: Q&A with Maria Damanaki

Conservancy Talk

Healthy oceans, development and economic growth can coexist. That’s the idea behind an emerging Nature Conservancy strategy led by Maria Damanaki, TNC’s new Global Managing Director for Oceans.

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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.

Science: On Earth Day, Hope for a Better Future

Nature Conservancy - Science

Ideas Ecosystem Services Nature + People TechnologyThe word “science” means many things to different people. While some see science as nerdy and boring, others are in awe of the discoveries that have been made and the technologies that change our lives. To me, science means hope.

For the Love of Oysters

Nature Conservancy - Science

To answer this question, we are focusing on the ecosystem services that oyster reefs provide — from protection against damaging waves and storms, to improving water quality and clarity and enhancing habitat for marine wildlife. I’ve been in a love affair with oysters for nearly 20 years.

Poisoning Vultures Will Come Back to Bite Us

Nature Conservancy - Science

In Africa, however, many vulture populations are understudied and those studies that have been published on the declines of vultures and the impacts of removing vultures from the ecosystem in Africa come from only a few countries. The world’s vultures are in crisis.

The Relevance Imperative in Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

Is it because they benefit from an ecosystem service? Ideas Biodiversity Economics Ecosystem Services Nature + People Nature-based SolutionsWhat’s in it for me? That may sound like a selfish question.

New Science Shows Seagrass Meadows Suppress Pathogens

Nature Conservancy - Science

And her thoughts immediately jumped to the seagrass ecosystems around the islands where she and her colleagues worked with collaborators at Hasanuddin University in Indonesia. Seagrass ecosystem in Spermonde Islands ©Joleah Lamb. NatureNet Fellows Science Update.

International Mangrove Day, July 26th: Why we should Care & What we can Do.

Elephant Journal

Green coastal destruction ecosystem EPA mangroves reef ecosystemI had never been in a mangrove before—but I'm forever haunted, in the best way.

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.

Reviving the Commons: Using Incentives to Protect the Nation’s Sources of Fresh Water

Nature Conservancy - Science

The landowner’s cost reimbursement can be increased in relation to buffer width to incentivize landowners to pursue wider buffers (left) and the additional ecosystem services they provide (from Sweeney and Blaine 2016).

Maintaining Healthy Forests Takes More than Planting Trees

Nature Conservancy - Science

From the Field Climate Economics Ecosystem Services Fire Forests Invasive Species Research Resilience RestorationWhat can we do to slow climate change and restore America’s forests? I used to think the answer was to plant more trees. Mic drop. But wait, that’s not the whole story.

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.

Peter Kareiva on “What’s Good for Nature is Good for Business”

Nature Conservancy - Science

People and Conservation business case for conservation Ecosystem Services natural capital Peter Kareiva video By Bob Lalasz, director of science communications for The Nature Conservancy . Capitalism eats nature for breakfast — that’s received wisdom among environmentalists.

Nature’s Climate Solutions

Conservancy Talk

We have identified three approaches that show tremendous promise, and we are working around the world to expand their scale: Preserve Healthy Ecosystems : Destruction of tropical forests is the source of 15% of current greenhouse gas emissions.

Why The Nature Conservancy is Restoring Streams by Acting like a Beaver

Nature Conservancy - Science

From the Field Wildlife Ecosystem Services Field Notes Mammals Resilience Restoration Water WetlandsThe Nature Conservancy is working like a beaver ( Castor canadensis ) by mimicking beaver dam building to restore streams and floodplain habitat in Montana and California. No kidding.

Is Nature Ready to Transform Big Business?

Nature Conservancy - Science

At a recent ACES (A Community on Ecosystem Services) conference, we brought together members of three collaborations, representing different sectors and stages of maturity, to discuss the strategic fit of valuing nature to their business and lessons learned from their collaborations.

The Quest to Restore American Elms: Nearing the Finish Line

Nature Conservancy - Science

From the Field Climate Disease & Parasites Ecosystem Services Forests Genetics Resilience Restoration Technology Urban ConservationThe quest to restore the American elm has been underway for more than 50 years. Now success is closer than ever.

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Bringing Behavioral Insights into Conservation Programs and Policies

Nature Conservancy - Science

Ideas Economics Ecosystem Services Human Well-Being Nature + People Nature-based Solutions Social Science Valuing NatureBehavioral science and economics have provided important insights for health, finance, and many other domains, but are largely untapped resources for conservation.

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.

Insuring Nature, Ensuring Resilience

Conservancy Talk

At TNC, our marine scientists have developed protocols for “reef first responders” to quickly restore and manage damaged reefs, using manmade structures, like gabion baskets and geotubes, that are proven to integrate into the natural reef ecosystem over time.

Using Cloud Computing to Untangle How Trees Can Cool Cities

Nature Conservancy - Science

Trees provide numerous valuable ecosystem services to communities: benefits associated with air and water quality, energy conservation, cooler air temperatures, and many other environmental and social benefits. Ideas NatureTech Ecosystem Services Human Well-Being Research Technology

Can Traditional Agriculture Restore the Reef?

Nature Conservancy - Science

These may appear to be marginal conservation lands, but they can still provide important ecosystem services.”. Agriculture Coral Reefs Ecosystem Services food security Hawaii marineTraditional taro cultivation provides many ecological and economic benefits. Photo: © Grady Timmons/TNC.

Mapping Reduced-Impact Logging With Lidar

Nature Conservancy - Science

Climate Change Asia Pacific Climate Ecosystem Services Forest Carbon Forests ResearchWhat can light beams tell us about the state of tropical forests?