As the global population surges, dams have been increasingly adopted as a way to keep up with skyrocketing demands for water and energy.
The problem of fit between social institutions and ecological systems is an enduring challenge in natural resource management and conservation. Developments in the science of conservation biology encourage the management of landscapes at increasingly larger scales. In contrast, sociological approaches to conservation emphasize the importance of ownership, collaboration and stewardship at scales relevant to the individual or local community.
Agri-environment schemes (AESs) in England typically address environmental management at the farm-and field-scales, but there is increasing evidence that incorporating the landscape-scale would increase scheme effectiveness.
Natural resource managers are seeking tools to help them address current and future effects of climate change.
La Pedrera is a small town located on the Caquetá River in the Colombian Amazon. The town has electricity for only a few hours per day. During that time all the shop owners turn on their TVs and radios. Men, women and children sit on the street to watch TV; as I look around, I see that many of them are currently engrossed in a Japanese soap opera.
Norway will pay Guyana $45 million for maintaining its low deforestation rate under a climate partnership between the two countries.
The payment is based on Guyana's deforestation rate of 0.054 percent between October 1st 2010 and December 31st 2011. The rate is well below the baseline established under the countries' agreement. It brings Norway's total payment to Guyana to $115 million.
This paper assesses the policy influence of previous coastal ecosystem economic valuations in the Caribbean and identifies the key “enabling conditions” for valuations to influence policy, management, or investment decisions. These findings will inform WRI’s and our partners’ efforts to produce a standardized framework for economic valuation of coastal ecosystems in the Caribbean.