A Special Issue on ‘Shared, Plural and Cultural Values’ has been published in the interdisciplinary journal Ecosystem Services, bringing together 15 publications presenting cutting edge theory and methodology building on work in VNN, the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and it’s follow on. The issue is currently freely accessible, and was edited by Dr Jasper Kenter (Scottish Association for Marine Science).
The new National Trust research strategy has been published. It includes exploring new opportunities with UK Research Councils and interest in areas relevant to the Valuing Nature Programme, such as increasing understanding of the best ways to measure the value of local heritage and parks, including natural capital.
You can read the full strategy document here.
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are currently planning a large-scale funding call, through which they will make an ambitious investment (of up to £1·3m over 3 years) to achieve national impact in public engagement with contemporary issues of environmental science.
Applied Environmental Economics Conference
3 March 2017
#envecon2017 is the annual applied environmental economics conference. It showcases the recent research by academia, public and private sectors on topical issues. It is also a fantastic opportunity to meet over 200 people who provide or use economic evidence, and who are from academia, public and private sectors in equal measure.
The Natural Environment Research Council is inviting proposals for a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship on urban green infrastructure. The aim of the role is to increase the impact of NERC funded research by working with end users such as planners and landscape architects. The work could be for the UK or developing economies.
The closing date for applications is 27 April 2017.
Full information is available on the NERC website here.
The Global Food Security (GFS) programme has published a new report providing evidence for the existence of environmental tipping points and exploring the potential consequences for global food security.
The report ‘Environmental tipping points and food system dynamics’ was unveiled at a Parliamentary event held Wednesday 11 January attended by MPs, policy-makers, leading industry figures, researchers and funding agencies.
Funding available to support research trips to selected European long-term ecosystem research sites *** APPLY BY 28 FEBRUARY *** eLTER Transnational Access Scheme: 2nd Call for Proposals
Closing date for applications is 28 February 2017
ALTER-Net 2017 Conference - An international conference on synergies, conflicts and trade-offs in the relationship between nature and society. *** CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS CLOSES 20 JANUARY ***
There is a call for contributions for this event. The closing date is 20 January 2017
The report is available here.
It comprises latest scientific findings on selected aspects of the topic (literature review). In addition, results of a European Expert Workshop in preparation of the European BfN/ENCA conference on "Nature-based solutions to climate change in urban areas and their rural surroundings" are presented. The report is a complement to the conference proceedings, which will be published at the beginning of next year.
The new POST note is available on Natural Capital here.
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