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The ecosystem approach is a set of principles to guide the planning, design and management of land and water for the benefit of society and can be applied to a wide range of spatial scales and settings. This recent review by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network is based on interviews with people involved in implementing or directing thirteen landscape-scale initiatives across the UK, as well as national experts with extensive experience of studying, formulating or applying public policy relating to landscapes in the UK.

Marine climate change impacts

By Editor on 13th January 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) has recently launched its 2015 Report Card which looks at climate change and marine biodiversity legislation, focusing on the legislation used to establish marine protected areas.

The Nature of Climate Change

By Editor on 2nd December 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

This new report from the RSPB highlights the challenges wildlife in Europe faces from climate change, identifies examples of impacts already seen and explores possible conservation measures which could benefit both wildlife and people.

The Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) Biodiversity Climate Change Impacts Report Card summarises the latest scientific evidence and understanding of how climate change is affecting UK biodiversity. It shows where observed changes are likely to have been caused by changes in the UK climate over recent decades, and assesses potential future impacts of climate change on biodiversity. The report card updates the previous version published in 2013 and compliments others in the series on Water and Infrastructure.

The Natural Capital Initiative (NCI) recently launched its ‘Valuing our Life Support Systems’ summit report. The report summarises the main findings of the natural capital summit NCI hosted in November last year. The event assessed current thinking on natural capital, the state of research and practical application. It also investigated how to further enable the valuing of natural capital in planning and decision-making based on sound science. The report addresses key messages to policy-makers and planners, business leaders and researchers.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 09:30 to Friday, September 18, 2015 - 17:30

Royal Society of Arts, London, UK

New book- ‘Beyond Certification’

By Bridget Elliott on 16th June 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

Can certification deliver urgently needed improvements to complex problems like deforestation and the exploitation of people? In this new book, Scott Poynton, founder of The Forest Trust, makes a compelling case for a new approach to social and environmental problems that goes 'beyond certification'. The book offers an alternative model, ‘VT-TV’, based on Values, Transparency, Transformation and Verification, which the author has been exploring and implementing with over 70 companies and industries around the world.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 12:00 to Friday, July 3, 2015 - 17:00

University of Leeds, UK

This new book gathers influential views from natural capital leaders across business, finance, accounting, government, research and NGO communities, illustrating theory with hands-on practice. It provides a succinct and expert introduction to natural capital, including: what natural capital is and how it links to other capitals; the business case for using it in decision-making; where natural capital accounting and valuation fit in the sustainability and financial toolbox; and what real life early adopters of natural capital in business are doing.

Cambridge Architectural Research's report for the Campaign to Protect Rural England shows what energy and carbon savings are possible by upgrading homes. Empirical evidence drawn from interviews with householders in three locations around England is presented, providing examples of the savings achieved by proactive households.

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