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
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-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
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.
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