- 16 Oct 2015
A nature index put together by BBC Earth has found that, when it comes to value to the planet, Gareth Bales doesn't break any records. According to the index, water, the most valuable thing on the index valued at a whopping 46 trillion pounds, is worth 980,000 times as much as the Welsh football player.
To read more, please go to the BBC website.
- 29 Sep 2015
BESAFE (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Arguments for our Future Environment) recently produced a report on how we can use the value of nature to argue more effectively for conserving biodiversity. In a guest blog, the authors discuss the results that show a surprising range of motivations behind the conservation of nature.
Throughout the year we will be conducting interviews with members of the Programme Coordination Team (PCT). In these interviews the members will discuss their area of expertise and provide some insight into their role within the PCT.
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:
The UK Network of Environmental Economists will hold its annual Applied Environmental Economics conference on Friday, 18th March 2016 at The Royal Society in London. Abstracts are now being selected for presentation.
- 14 Sep 2015
I recently talked to Professor Rosie Hails, the head of the Programme Coordination Team (PCT) for the Valuing Nature Programme (VNP), about the importance of considering nature's cultural, social and economic services. Rosie also discusses the role of the VNP, and explains how the PCT works to bring research communities together.
To learn more, please watch the video below or view it on the Valuing Nature YouTube channel.
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'.