External reports

Report Launched by the Natural Value Initiative on the ‘Materiality’ of Natural Capital

The report investigates the concept of materiality and how it is used to identify issues for management and disclosure. It is aimed at accountancy professionals and business leaders. It explores the extent to which materiality definitions currently reflect the increasing significance of natural capital as

November 13th, 2012|Business, External reports, NCI|

The Valuing Nature Network Wellbeing project team release workshop report

The report of the 17th-18th September Wellbeing Workshop details how changes in ecosystem services affect human wellbeing. Policy makers want to design interventions that do not have detrimental impacts on the most vulnerable groups of people. However, anticipated and actual outcomes can differ considerably; we

October 29th, 2012|External reports, Policy, Science|

Biodiversity Loss Threatens Key Ecosystem Functions

The European Commission have released a paper synthesising 192 studies to provide a quantitative estimate of the impact of the loss of plant biodiversity on ecosystem primary production, showing that this impact could be as great as that of other major environmental changes, such as

October 22nd, 2012|External reports, Science|

Pesticides are putting bumblebee colonies, and their ecosystem services at risk

Pesticides used in farming are killing worker bumblebees and damaging their ability to gather food, meaning colonies that are vital for plant pollination are more likely to fail when they are used, a study in Nature shows. The United Nations has estimated that one-third of all plant-based foods eaten by

October 22nd, 2012|External reports, Science|

UNDP Report Shows Biodiversity Loss and Recovery Strategies

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a publication on biodiversity loss in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), highlighting the state of biodiversity in the region particularly in the context of climate change, and presenting some outcomes of its biodiversity work

October 8th, 2012|External reports, Science|

New case studies on how ecosystems benefit society

A new report published by the Partnership for European Environmental Research network (PEER), including the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability, provides case studies on scenarios and monetary valuation for ecosystem services. It also demonstrated how the introduction of the ecosystem services concept into the

September 27th, 2012|External reports, Policy, Science|

Balancing Nature and Agriculture

A new POSTnote from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology published online this week explores two approaches to managing land for balancing nature conservation with sustainable food production. The POSTnote Balancing Nature and Agriculture, compares 'land sharing' (the integration of agricultural objectives and wildlife benefits on

September 10th, 2012|External reports, Policy, Science|