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Introduction to ecosystem services (Ecosystem Marketplace)

(MagnusManske, coral reef, creative commons)

Background document prepared by Ecosystems Marketplace The Ecosystems Marketplace website has regular news and reports on environmental markets, Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), climate change, water and biodiversity. In this introduction they provide a brief overview of the origins of the concept of ecosystem services […]

Attaching economic values to our ecosystems (RTCC)

(Aly Abou-Sabaa African Development Bank)

Responding to Climate Change (RTCC) climate change TV at Rio+20 / June 2011 Aly Abou-Sabaa from the African Development Bank explains why he believes it is so important to place an economic value on the environment because there is currently over exploitation of the oceans, […]

Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing Back the Social (UNRISD)

(Green Economy and Sustainable Development Bringing Back the Social UNRISD)

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) / December 2011 Different organisations present their diverse perspectives on the green economy at the UNRISD conference “Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing back the Social Dimension” (2011) including: what the objective of the green economy project is […]

What would a green economy look like? (WDM)

Green Economy WDM

World Development Movement / May 2012 WDM say there is no agreement on what the green economy is but they see it as a re-engineering of the global economy to respect environmental limits, prioritise social goals and end the obsession with limitless growth. Food and […]

The economy, it’s nature’s business (Eva Zabey)

Eva Zabey

Eva Zabey / TED talks / February 2012 Eva Zabey of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development puts forward the case for valuing nature through the concept of ecosystem services as a way to put the economy on a more sustainable path.   She […]

Green Infrastructure Valuation Toolkit

Green infrastructure

Developed by a consortium of environment bodies and organisations in the United Kingdom This valuation toolkit is designed to support local authorities, local business, land developers and the community. Toolkit page They can calculate the value of Green Infrastructure to assess the benefits from: Woodland […]

Big Question: What is Nature Worth? (Uni. Minnesota)

(What is nature worth?)

University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment / November 2010 This animated video asks if we are valuing nature correctly given that the world loses 35 million hectares (area the size of Nepal) of native forest each year and 3 species of plants and animals […]

Introduction to Valuing Nature (Pavan Sukhdev)

Pavan Sukhdev

Pavan Sukhdev / Yale lecture / November 2011 In this lecture at Yale economist Pavan Sukhdev explores in detail how nature can be valued. Business as usual is not an option because it is destroying natural capital that we all depend on. He outlines reasons […]

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