Ecosystem Services Toolkit

Ecosystem Services Toolkit

This interdisciplinary toolkit on completing and using ES assessment for decision making was produced by Value of Nature to Canadians Study Taskforce and the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Governments of Canada. Lead authors Susan M. Preston and Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne compiled a technical guide to ecosystem services assessment and analysis that offers practical, step-by-step guidance for governments at all levels, as well as for consultants and researchers.  Read more

Blog post by ESPA: Defining Poverty Is Vital If You Want To Fix It

Blog post by ESPA: Defining Poverty Is Vital If You Want To Fix It

What does poverty actually mean, and does it even matter? This fundamental question was discussed at a special session during the European Ecosystem Services Conference held in Antwerp last year.

ESPA researchers attending the conference were looking at ecosystems at a global level, and more specifically in the context of helping poorer communities across the world. In a joint blog, three of ESPA’s researchers share the presentations and their insight in to why its vital to define poverty if you want to fix it. Read more

WWF Call for proposals: modelling potential global socio-economic impacts of future changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services

WWF Call for proposals: modelling potential global socio-economic impacts of future changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services

WWF-UK wishes to appoint a consultant or consortium to undertake a scoping study to identify options for modelling the potential global socio-economic impacts of future changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services. This scoping study is a key part of Phase 1 of a new project initiated by WWF, the overall aim of which is to help strengthen the evidence base on the potential global socio-economic impacts of future changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services. Read more

Bioengineering, stakeholder participation and ecosystem services valuation protect salt marshes in the lagoon of Venice

Bioengineering, stakeholder participation and ecosystem services valuation protect salt marshes in the lagoon of Venice

In the past 100 years 72% of the salt marshes of the lagoon of Venice was lost due to erosion. The EU LIFE VIMINE project successfully reduced erosion by creating biodegradable barriers of wooden fascines. Long-term protection is secured by involving local communities in protection works and ecotourism. Local society now realises that the benefits of salt marsh protection outweigh its costs.
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Announcing the funding of £15,000 for the Regional Studies Association Policy Expos

The Association has launched a new policy research initiative worth £15,000 (C. €17,000, US$18,000) to successful teams aiming to connect their work and wider communities to societal questions and policy needs.

This new initiative is called an “Expo” taking the word’s meaning of a “comprehensive description and explanation of an idea or theory”. Read more