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The Snakes and Ladders of Ecosystem Services

The trend towards applying economic value to forest ecosystems is contentious. While the valuing of the processes of nature (“ecosystem services”) or valuing of their stock value (“natural capital”) is potentially advantageous in helping to tackle challenges of nature’s conservation and protection, it is not unambiguously beneficial. I therefore wanted to find a way to … Continue reading

Ecosystem services explained in 90 secs

Having discovered Powtoon, I’ve now made another one. This time, with my elder son’s voice over, we’ve made a little introduction to the concept of natural capital and ecosystem services.   You might argue that the “payment” bit is a bit presumptuous, but I wanted to at least raise the question of who has responsibility … Continue reading

Whose responsibility is the future? ( or, Who’s avoiding the Climate Crunch?)

“Enjoy this magnificent stadium, Lisa, because you and Bart and your children will be paying for this long after the team have moved on to some other city.” – Homer Simpson. Climate change and the credit crunch share something in common – they are both about spending the future. Otherwise know as “credit”. Some would … Continue reading

Forests or food?

On the outskirts of a forest reserve in northern Malawi, local rural communities cut down trees. They know trees are important. They know that its probably a bad thing to cut down the trees.  But the trees appear abundant and the wood is important — for cooking, for warmth, or to sell to others to … Continue reading

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