New research from a global team, including Natural Capital Project scientists at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, Cornell University, and Conservation International demonstrates how nature conservation contributes to human wellbeing at local and global scales and maps the ecosystems that are not only essential to the nearby local communities, but contribute to the well-being of every person on the planet. [Read more…] about Mapping the planet’s critical natural assets
In his recent work, Dr Bulat Yessekin outlines the problems facing the ecosystems of the Ural, the required changes and possible solutions for the sustainable management of the basin ecosystem, as the basis for well-being in this region. Find the full text here.
In recent years, cities are undergoing major changes and facing major challenges in terms of sustainability. To promote the green transition, today many urban centres are planning to regenerate disused brownfield areas. In this context, Nature-Based Solutions (NBSs) are often considered an effective tool to promote the green transition and the sustainable development of cities, especially thanks to the numerous ecosystem services they can provide. With the aim to effectively assess the benefits provided by NBSs, this study analyses two alternative NBS-based intervention scenarios for the redevelopment of an urban brownfield area within the municipality of Brescia (Italy). Read the full article here.
In this paper Dr. Bulat K. Yessekin, regional coordinator of the Central Asian water and climate change platform and lead of ESP’s West & Central Asia regional chapter, outlines a new ecosystem based model to prevent water and social conflicts in Central Asia. He goes over the current traditional models for resource managemend and the ways the ecosystem approach can be implemented for the Central Asia context, with examples out of Kazakhstan.
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Sectoral Working Group 5 – ES in Water Management has released a Special Issue in Environmental Management on Incorporating Ecosystem Services into Water Resources Management. Most articles are open access and available here. Interesting for all those working on water management and ecosystem services (or green infrastructure, or nature-based solutions). A lot of great case studies from around the world are featured, as well as innovative methods and literature reviews. For an overview and synthesis, check the introductory article here.