Valuing the Invaluable: Virunga

Valuing Natural Capital: The Economic Invisibility of Nature  The Economic Invisibility of Nature The ultimate source of all economic capital is natural capital and the world economy is a subsidiary of nature, not the other way round. We are damaging and over-consuming the planet’s natural capital, on which we all depend for our prosperity and,… Read More

Yasuni Frontline Conservation: preserving biodiversity from oil exploration

World’s conservation hopes rest on Ecuador’s revolutionary Yasuni model A plan to preserve the most biodiverse region on Earth from oil exploitation has put Yasuni national park at the frontline of a global battle between living systems and fossil fuels. But enthusiasm is cooling and this bold project may now be at as much at… Read More

Key rol for Protected Areas in World Economy – Sustainable 21st Century

Protected areas remain one of the cornerstones for promoting biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being. Today protected areas cover 12.7% of the world’s terrestrial area and 1.6% of the global ocean area. They store 15% of the global terrestrial carbon stock, assist in reducing deforestation, habitat and species loss, and support the livelihoods of over… Read More

How to become better custodians of our environment: putting a cash value on ecosystems

Climate Conversations – Let’s start treating the environment as a shared asset By Colin Chartres It has been 20 years since the great and the good last assembled for a global summit on sustainable development. As the world descends on Brazil for the Rio+20 U.N. conference, it may be worth reflecting on what the planet… Read More