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The Ecosystems Knowledge Network has produced a new service – Tool Assessor – that provides information about tools that analyse the environment and can enable a better understanding of ecosystem services, natural capital and green infrastructure. 

Tool Assessor focuses on tools that help people manage the environment as an asset, rather than simply managing it for nature conservation objectives.  Profiles are given of 12 tools and it is intended that the list will grow. Users are encouraged to provide comments on the tools so people can learn from each other. 

Improving Access to Greenspace

By Editor on 18th May 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 09:45 to 17:00

This event, organised by Holyrood in conjunction with greenspace scotland, will explore the opportunities and challenges for meeting the objectives of the new 'Improve access to local greenspace' National Indicator – part of the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.

APPCCG and DECC event on DECC’s Global Calculator

By Editor on 25th November 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 15:00 to 17:00

The event will explore the role that DECC’s Global Calculator can have in modelling realistic pathways to meet international commitments on temperature increases. The Global Calculator is an open-source model of the world’s energy, land and food systems that allows you to design your own version of the future up to 2050 and see the implications for the climate. The event is being held in Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster.

Webinar: i-Tree Eco – The Benefits of Urban Trees

By Editor on 18th November 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:00

This free webinar will focus on the i-Tree Eco software, a tool that analyses the benefits of tree cover in the built environment. The tool provides data on the structure and composition of the urban trees and estimates the ecosystem services that they provide in towns and cities. It was recently used by Torbay Council where the tool calculated that carbon storage by Torbay's trees was worth £1.5m, and their pollutant removal was worth £1.3m. The tool also analyses how much rain water is intercepted by trees in urban areas.

‘Five headline indicators of national success’

By Robert Lyons on 4th November 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

A recent report by the New Economics Foundation calls on the Office for National Statistics to adopt new headline measures of national success in the UK. The report highlights how the single measure of GDP has come to be treated as shorthand for overall success, creating a strong incentive for policy-makers to pursue short-term economic growth over and above all other goals.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 14:00 to 17:00

London, UK

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published its sixth monitoring report of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS). This monitoring report evaluates progress towards the EU SDS objectives using a set of more than 100 sustainable development indicators, grouped into ten thematic areas. The evaluation considers two periods: the long term, accounting for progress since the year 2000, and the short term, looking at the trends over the last five years.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised UN Member States for reaching agreement on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda. ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim, by 2030, to eradicate extreme poverty, promote prosperity and people's well-being, while protecting the environment. The new agenda was agreed upon by 193 UN Member States on 1st August following a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years.

The European Environment Agency’s five-yearly assessment ‘The European environment – state and outlook 2015’ (SOER 2015) was published last week. SOER 2015 is an integrated assessment of Europe’s environment and includes assessments and data at global, regional and country levels, as well as cross-country comparisons. The latest assessment has found that Europe’s environment and climate policies have delivered substantial benefits, improving the environment and quality of life, while driving innovation, job creation and growth.

Sustainable Cities Index 2015 publishes top 50 cities

By Bridget Elliott on 24th February 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

The Sustainable Cities Index has recently been published, revealing the top 50 sustainable cities in 2015. The Sustainable Cities Index is published yearly by ARCADIS and explores the three demands of People, Planet and Profit to develop an indicative ranking of 50 of the world’s leading cities. The top ten identified are (in order):  Frankfurt; London; Copenhagen; Amsterdam; Rotterdam; Berlin; Seoul; Hong Kong; Madrid; and Singapore.