Nature is crucial to our global economy and essential to human welfare. Despite this importance, the value of natural capital is consistently taken for granted. The Natural Capital Committee (NCC) has recently published its second State of Natural Capital Report which examines the risks to natural capital as well as the benefits of integrating it into policy-making. NCC was established in May 2012 to advise the Government on how to ensure England’s ‘natural wealth’ is regulated both efficiently and sustainably.
This discussion paper attempts to frame a definition of a ‘sustainable land use’ in a pragmatic way, contributing to the concept of sustainable land use governance currently developed in the GLOBALANDS project. The paper starts with a short overview on prevalent sustainability theories, outlining the conflict between a strong and a weak concept of sustainability and explaining the role of "natural capital" and "reproduction" in the context of land use.
The latest In-depth Report from Science for Environment Policy presents an overview of research into social innovation, with special consideration for its environmental implications. In the report, case studies illustrating how social innovation has taken place in real-world settings are presented, from urban beekeeping in Copenhagen to pedal-powered distribution in Paris and community farming in London.
A summary of bullet points from the seventh session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reported in the last edition of the mailing is now available. The meeting which took place from 6-10 January 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, addressed a range of topics including: sustainable cities and human settlements; sustainable transport; sustainable consumption and production; and climate change and disaster risk reduction.
A recent journal article in Biodiversity and Conservation argues that a better, more effective dialogue is needed between biodiversity science and policy to underpin the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity. Drawing on literature, interviews and a workshop with individuals working at the interface between biodiversity science and government policy development, the article presents practical recommendations for creating dialogue which moves away from the existing ‘linear’ or technocratic model of communication.