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.
Prof Roland Ennos, University of Hull, is delivering an online talk entitled 'The 'Physical benefits of Urban Trees', as part of Forest Research's Forest Science Seminar series on January 30th.
Urban trees provide many benefits to city environments including:
How does agree on monetary measures of a country's natural, human and physical assets? A United Nations Environment report, published this week [10 December), attempts to provide some answers and offers broader indicator: “inclusive wealth”.
The report puts financial values on three kinds of asset: “manufactured” capital (roads, buildings, machinery and so on); human capital (people’s skills and health); and natural capital (including forests and fossil fuels).
Details of a new sustainable healthcare curriculum have been published in an open letter in the Lancet this week (01/12/14).
It's first objective aims to consider the "value of ecosystems - and the anthropogenic threats - to human and planetary health".
Urban Transformations aims to shape new thinking about how people and cities interact against a backdrop of evolving challenges including demographic and environmental change, financial vulnerability and growing inequalities.
The ESRC wish to support proposals for innovative and ambitious research that will advance understanding of, and offer solutions to, two challenges impacting cities and urban areas in the UK and internationally.
Proposals featuring co-design and co-production with non-academic stakeholders are encouraged as part of this call.
A consortium of funders has issued a third call for applications through the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative. This third call is focussed specifically on tree diseases caused by Phytophthora and diseases of oak trees.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 8th January 2015 and full details are available via the BBSRC website.
The five year, c£6.5m Programme is funded by NERC, ESRC, BBSRC, AHRC and Defra. It aims to better understand and represent the complexities of the natural environment in valuation analyses and to consider the wider societal and cultural value of ecosystem services.