natural resource Articles

  • Physicochemical parameters of natural waters

    All freshwater bodies are interconnected to the oceans, the atmosphere, and aquifers via a complex hydrological cycle. Wetlands, icecaps and biopheric water also participate in the continuous conveyance of water on planet Earth. The Earth’s hydrological cycle is driven by evaporation and gravity on which ecosystems and human societies depend. Growing populations may put stresses on natural waters ...

  • The Natural Capital Opportunity

    Trucost’s research for the TEEB for Business Coalition, Natural Capital at Risk, estimates the environmental externalities of business are costing the global economy around $7.3 trillion a year, equivalent to China's GDP in 2011. The report Natural Capital at ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • The Nature of the New World

    We recently entered a new century, but we are also entering a new world, one where the collisions between our demands and the earth’s capacity to satisfy them are becoming daily events. It may be another crop-withering heat wave, another village abandoned because of invading sand dunes, or another aquifer pumped dry. If we do not act quickly to reverse the trends, these seemingly isolated events ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Wetland Solutions for People and Nature

    Wetlands act as water sources, sinks and purifiers. They protect our shores. They are Earth’s greatest natural carbon stores. They support abundant and unique nature. But we have lost so much of our wetland treasure. And those that remain are under growing pressure. This makes people and nature vulnerable. It’s time to reverse the trend. ...


    By Wetlands International

  • What Is Natural Capital, Anyway?

    Wikipedia defines natural capital as “the stock of natural ecosystems that yields a flow of valuable ecosystem goods or services into the future” — a definition that’s begging to be translated into plain English. In this easy-to-comprehend, and at times hilarious, video from the ...


    By Ensia

  • Water resources management

    Managing regional or national water resources demands the integration of patterns and processes of both natural and social systems. This is essential to achieve the optimum interaction of man and nature since every aspect of water use and disposal impinges on ecosystems to a greater or lesser extent. Sustainability is the key issue: how can sustainable yields by abstraction from rivers, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Times are changing: Wastewater as a resource

    Times are definitely changing. It used to be that wastewater from whatever source – domestic, agricultural, industrial – was something to collect and pipe away as quickly and efficiently as possible. There was more water coming out of the ground or falling from the sky, so why bother investing time and money cleaning water that had already been used? Now, thanks to issues like ...

  • Opinion: Making Space for Nature

    MAKING SPACE FOR NATURE In September 2009, the then Secretary of State in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Hilary Benn, asked me to chair a review of England's wildlife and ecological network. Across England large areas of land are protected under environmental and landscape designations. Both within these designations and outside them the Government, the voluntary ...


  • Rainwater harvesting: An untapped resource

    The collection of rainwater as a source of relatively clean water has been a common practice of humankind since the dawn of civilization. Before the development of any treatment processes, it was the primary source of potable water for those people without access to other sources of water (rivers, lakes, etc.) As cities developed, infrastructure became more centralized. Municipalities took over ...

  • Sustainable water resources governance

    Sustainability – whatever its structure and its terminology – has become the concept that indicates how natural resources should be used and developed. It is however an enigmatic concept that is often accused of lacking substance and meaning.  Nevertheless it has become increasingly embedded in the legal arrangements for the way in which natural resources – including water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Resourcing for climate change

    Climate change is scientifically, widely recognised to be happening as a result of the anthropogenic input of greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere. Consequently we need to look at adaptation and mitigation to limit the social, environmental and economic impacts. Allen & York are market leading environmental recruitment specialists with 15 years experience and an expanding Energy team ...


  • Threats to the World’s Freshwater Resources

    OAKLAND, CA - Ten to twenty thousand people die every day from water-related diseases; worldwide, half of all wetlands have already been lost to development and conversion. Global climate change will wreak potential havoc on the world's freshwater. In short, across the globe, the world's scarce fresh water is being threatened as never before. To make matters worse, the traditional methods ...


    By Pacific Institute

  • Community–Industry Contracting over Natural Resource use in a Context of Weak Property Rights: The Case of Indonesia

    Decentralization in Indonesia has resulted in an increased influence of local communities over the terms of logging agreements with timber companies. The outcomes of such community–company negotiations vary significantly across communities. What are the conditions that cause this variation, and how can the outcomes be more effectively and efficiently influenced by third-party actors such as the ...


    By Springer

  • EEB proposal for a European Strategy on Sustainable Use and Management of Natural Resources (version 2)

    The Sixth Community Environment Action Programme (6EAP) states that “there is a limited capacity of the planet to meet the increasing demand for resources and to absorb the emissions and waste resulting from their use and there is evidence that the existing demand exceeds the carrying capacity of the environment in several cases.” It emphasises that what is needed among the principals and ...

  • Article: Liability for damage to public natural resources under the 2004 EC Environmental Liability Directive: Standing and assessment of damages

    This article focuses on the April 2004 EC Directive on Environmental Liability (Directive 2004/35/CE). It examines its measure of damages, its framework for assessing damages and its provisions regarding the issue of standing. Comparisons will regularly be made with the United States Oil Pollution Act of 1990, its natural resource damage regulations and its provisions on locus standi. Finally, a ...


  • Book Review: Using Multicriteria Decision Analysis in Natural Resource Management by Gamini Herath and Tony Prato

    Using Multicriteria Decision Analysis in Natural Resource Management, by Gamini Herath and Tony Prato. Aldershot (UK), Burlington (USA), Ashgate, 2006. 239pp. ISBN: 0-7546-4596-7Keywords: book ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Building on the positive: an actor innovation systems approach to finding and promoting pro poor natural resources institutional and technical innovations

    This paper argues that if policies and programmes for the promotion of rural and agricultural technological and institutional innovations are restricted to the framework of the linear 'pipeline' model of R&D and extension, then many opportunities for reducing rural poverty and improving social inclusion in a cost-effective way will be missed. The paper argues that a holistic 'actor innovations ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental Indicator Report 2013 - Natural Resources and Human Well-Being in a Green Economy

    In 2010, The European environment — state and outlook 2010: synthesis (EEA, 2010d) emphasised the increasingly systemic nature of environmental challenges and highlighted the need for greening the economy. It argued that further resource efficiency gains have to be realised to ensure resilient ecosystems that can deliver the natural resources and ecosystem services that we depend on. In ...

  • Enhancing carbon stocks and reducing CO2 emissions in agriculture and natural resource management projects : toolkit

    There is global interest in promoting mitigation and adaptation in agriculture, forest, and other land-use (AFOLU) sectors to address the twin goals of climate change and sustainable development. This guideline deals with how to enhance carbon stocks in general in all land-based projects and its specific relationship with agriculture productivity. It outlines specific steps and procedures that ...


    By IWA Publishing

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