Valuing Nature Placement Scheme now open

Researchers are invited to apply to work for up to three months on Valuing Nature topics in a new disciplinary, institutional or applied setting. £180k is available to support 5-10 placements.

The placements will support the Valuing Nature Programme’s aim of building an interdisciplinary research community capable of working across the natural, biological and social sciences and arts and humanities, and to link researchers to businesses, policymakers and practitioners. 

Global Food Security funding call: "Resilience of the UK food system in a global context"

The first call of the new Global Food Security programme "Resilience of the UK food system in a global context" is now open.  £14M is available over five years to support interdisciplinary research projects.

The call is relevant to Valuing Nature concepts about the different types of valuation needed for decisions that affect the environment, for example:

River restoration can return investment four-fold

A new report on river restoration projects across South West England shows that each £1 invested in restoration can generate between £1.90 and £4.50.

The projects, led by the Westcountry Rivers Trust, began in 2012 when the Trust won funding to deliver £4 million of river improvement work over three years. This independent report looks at the socio-economic and environmental returns of these river improvement projects, concluding that 'all projects generate substantial social benefits and support a variety of Ecosystem Services'.

How to speak for biodiversity - results of a BESAFE study

A new report, 'How to Argue for Biodiversity Conservation More Effectively', presents advice on how to engage people in biodiversity conservation. 

Published by BESAFE (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Arguments for our Future Environment), it is designed to provide an answer as to why biodiversity is still in decline despite growing evidence that it is essential for human well-being. 

It recommends: