There are a number of projects run by different organisations covering topic areas of interest to the Valuing Nature Network:

UK-led
  1. Defra's Natural Value Programme aims to integrate the value of the natural environment and use of an ecosystems approach in Defra, other government departments, at a local level, and in business.
  2. The Natural Capital Committee will report to the Economic Affairs Committee (chaired by the Chancellor of the Exchequer) and aims to provide independent expert advice on the state of English natural capital.
  3. The UK National Ecosystem Assessment is the first analysis of the UK’s natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society and continuing economic prosperity. Part of the Living with Environmental Change partnership, the first phase of the assessment started in mid-2009 and reported in June 2011. It was an inclusive process involving many government, academic, non-governmental organisations and private sector institutions. A synthesis of they key findings as well as chapters from the technical report can be found here
  4. The Scottish Government's Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division is funding a portfolio of Strategic Research over 2011-16 that aims to build a platform of knowledge that strengthens policy and contributes to the delivery of national outcomes and the Scottish Government's single purpose (to focus Government and public services on creating a more successful country, with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth).
  5. The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation research programme aims to deliver high-quality, cutting-edge research that will improve understanding of the way ecosystems function, the services they provide and their relationship with the political economy and sustainable growth. ESPA’s goal is to ensure that, in developing countries, ecosystems are being sustainably managed in a way that contributes to poverty reduction as well as inclusive and sustainable growth.
  6. The National Environment Research Council's Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability programme is a five year (2011-2015) study, which aims to understand more about the role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes.
  7. The Ecosystems Knowledge Network a resource for anyone wanting to share knowledge or learn about the practical benefits of an ecosystems approach. It is sponsored by Defra with the aim of sharing experience from projects taking an ecosystems approach and will stimulate knowledge exchange and practical learning across the country. It will assist organisations and groups to understand how an ecosystems approach can help build sustainable communities.
    The Ecosystems Knowledge Network is free to join and open to anyone with an interest in an ecosystems approach. 
  8. The UK Network for Environmental Economists brings together economists from academia, policy and consultancy to ensure better sharing of knowledge and also encourage interdisciplinary work with other professions involved in environmental policy making and implementation. Further details on the network and its activities can be found here.
  9. The Natural Capital Initiative is a UK forum bringing together scientists, policy-makers, business, industry and others, to discuss how the ecosystem approach might be implemented in practice.

 

International
  1. The World Bank-led partnership Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services helps countries incorporate the value of natural capital in national accounts. It works to develop scientifically credible methods for ecosystem accounting and promotes their use in decision making among a wide range of stakeholders.
  2. The Natural Capital Project is a partnership between Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund. The project is developing tools that make it easy to incorporate natural capital into decisions; demonstrating the power of these tools in important, contrasting places and advancing natural capital approaches by engaging leaders in key institutions.
  3. The European Business and Biodiversity Campaign is led by the Global Nature
    Fund and was initiated by a consortium of European companies and NGOs. The
    goal of the project is to show the importance of biodiversity, also from an economic point of view, and to motivate the private sector to contribute to the protection and conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  4. The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists is an international scientific association which aims to contribute to the development and application of environmental and resource economics as a science in Europe; to encourage and improve communication between teachers, researchers and students in environmental and resource economics in different European countries and to develop and encourage the cooperation between university level teaching institutions and research institutions in Europe.

     

 

 

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