The Valuing Nature Programme (VNP) are co-hosting a special session on Cultural Ecosystem Services (CES) at the 11th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics. The event is being held at the University of Leeds, UK on 30 June - 3 July 2015. The convenors are Jasper Kenter, a Valuing Nature Network researcher who co-led on ‘BRIDGE: bridging the gap between the supply of and demand for valuation evidence’ and Robert Fish of the VNP co-ordinating team.
Public views on the challenges facing policy and decision makers to manage and value the natural environment have been revealed in a project led by Dr Robert Fish, one the coordinators of the Valuing Nature Network and research programme. The report is published today on the Valuing Nature website.
This week saw the launch of the new Valuing Nature website.
Created for Valuing Nature by Countryscape, the new website provides enhanced capabilities, communicating the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of our projects and connecting Valuing Nature Network members from around the world.
If you have any comments or ideas for the website please get in touch.
Managing the Environment to Improve Human Health and Wellbeing
A new funding call, Managing the Environment to Improve Human Health and Wellbeing, will soon be opened.
The call will focus on three main themes:
The call for case studies is now closed
Organisers of the second World Forum on Natural Capital, which will take place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom on 23-24 November 2015, have issued a call for case studies that demonstrate how putting natural capital at the heart of decision-making can benefit the bottom line, as well as the natural environment.
For further information on how to submit your case study, please go to the Natural Capital Forum website.
New research published in the journal Conservation and Society finds that current ecosystem service frameworks do not adequately reflect the perspectives of people in developing countries. Drawing on the fields of environmental sciences, economics, psychology, sociology and anthropology, this VNN project synthesised key themes from dominant frameworks to discover how the well-being of the world's most impoverished populations, those that most directly rely on ecosystem services, are taken into account.
NERC, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), are planning a major new investment as part of the Valuing Nature Programme (VNP).The new call will provide an opportunity for natural and social scientists, and arts and humanities researchers to form substantial interdisciplinary research collaborations which aim to increase our understanding of the role biodiversity and ecosystem processes play in human health and wellbeing.
A ground-breaking report on biodiversity and health, launched today at the 14th World Congress on Public Health, in Kolkata, India, shows the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystem services to better human health.
A new accounting framework developed for England’s Natural Capital Committee aims to help organisations to take better account of the natural capital1 they own, depend on or are responsible for.