Archive for 'ecosystems'

Boosting the economy and improving the environment: Government response to Ecosystem Markets Task Force final report »

The Government has published its response to the Ecosystem Markets Task Force final report, welcoming its recommendations and agreeing on the essential relationship between the economy and the environment.

Consulting on biodiversity offsetting »

The government is inviting views on its proposal for biodiversity offsetting to provide benefits for economy and nature, one of the recommendations of the business-led Ecosystem Markets Task Force.

Realising nature’s value: Ecosystem Markets Task Force final report »

The independent Ecosystem Markets Task Force argues for a new approach to business and nature, integrating the real value of nature into business thinking to maximise opportunities and manage future risks.

Can payment for ecosystem services help safeguard the environment? »

A Rural Economy and Land Use Programme paper investigates the role of payment for ecosystem services in protecting the environment, by applying economic thinking and a market mechanism to natural resources.

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for local and regional policymakers »

A suite of publications from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study offer advice and guidance for local and regional policymakers, drawing expertise from science, economics and policy to enable practical actions.

UK National Ecosystem Assessment: the next phase »

The follow-on phase of the UK NEA, the first analysis of the economic and social benefits of the UK’s natural environment, is building the evidence base, communicating the messages and informing new initiatives.

News round-up: ecosystems network, health and social care, local authorities, green growth indicators, sustainability in Africa, EU Green Week »

Sustainable development news from government and public bodies: Ecosystems Knowledge Network, sustainable health briefing, local action on climate change, indicators for green growth, sustainability in Africa, EU Green Week.

Helping communities clean up England’s rivers »

Environment Minister Richard Benyon has announced a new £28 million Fund to clean up England’s rivers and encourage local wildlife to flourish, contributing to the recent water white paper's commitment to improve water quality.

Valuing the UK’s wildlife and habitats »

Two recent research reports help reveal the value of the UK's wildlife and habitats, estimating that wildlife under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and Sites of Special Scientific Interest is worth around £1.5 billion per year to the UK.

Publications round-up: sustainability survey, climate policy, health, ecosystems »

The SDRN highlights new research publications in sustainable development: sustainability survey results; online climate policy tracker; mainstreaming environment and health; ecosystems for water and food security.