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  • Check valves protect Florida freshwater ecosystems

    Marsh Landing, a residential community in northeast Florida, relies on Wapro check valves to prevent the Intracoastal Waterway’s brackish water from flooding and damaging freshwater ecosystems within stormwater retention ponds. Marsh Landing, an elegant residential community in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States, uniquely integrates natural beauty and luxurious housing through ...


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  • New manufacturing opportunities - sensors to protect marine and freshwater ecosystems

    Researchers will develop sensing technologies which will have significant economic and environmental implications for our marine and freshwater resources. CSIRO’s Future Manufacturing Flagship Director Mr Clive Davenport said the collaboration will also drive a new sensor manufacturing industry for Australia. “The cluster collaboration addresses a fundamental need to understand, monitor and ...

  • The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity

    The largest-ever global study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) was released today in Nagoya, Japan, at the Convention on Biodiversity's 10th Conference of the Parties. The study, Mainstreaming the Economics of Nature, was led by a top international banker (Pavan Sukhdev) and sponsored by the U.N. and a host of countries. It finds that nature provides trillions of dollars in ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • ReSAC and Biodiversity and Ecosystems projects

    ReSAC participation in two projects, which are financed by Program BG03 “Biodiversity and Ecosystems” and co-financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA FM 2009-2014) GRASSLAND: Assessment and mapping of GRASSLANDecosystems condition and their services in Bulgaria, Contr. Д-33-90/03.09.2015 The ...

  • Mapping fish invasions in European freshwaters

    Detailed analysis of the patterns of invasion of alien fish species in Austria and Germany has highlighted how drivers of invasion, such as the animal trade, can change over time. The researchers who conducted the analysis warn that climate change may be a key cause in changing invasion patterns in the future. The invasion of alien fish species is known to be a major threat to the biodiversity of ...

  • New Study of Global Freshwater Scarcity

    A new report published in the online journal PLoS ONE, analyzing water consumption in 405 river basins around the world, found that water scarcity impacts at least 2.7 billion people for at least one month each year. "Freshwater is a scarce resource; its annual availability is limited and demand is growing," said Arjen Hoekstra, professor in water management at the University of Twente and lead ...


    By The Nature Conservancy

  • Ecosystem renovation - bring it on back

    A ‘lost’ lake in Mali and a Kenyan forest that is the water tower for key rivers and lakes in East Africa are among two country projects aimed at bringing significant degraded and denuded ecosystems back from the brink. The projects are among several being drawn up and spearheaded by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in cooperation with governments, to demonstrate that re-investing in damaged ...

  • The corporate ecosystem services review

    Ecosystems provide businesses with numerous benefits or "ecosystem services." Forests supply timber and wood fiber, purify water, regulate climate, and yield genetic resources. River systems provide freshwater, power, and recreation. The report, The Corporate Ecosystem Services Review, developed ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • US ecosystem report indicates trouble

    Years of industrial and agricultural growth have left an indelible imprint on many formerly vibrant US ecosystems. While nature is adept at resilience, the depletion and contamination of natural resources, especially water, may affect human health and wellbeing, a new report suggests.  Released last week by the federally funded environmental think tank The Heinz Center, The State of the Nation's ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • The economic case for repairing damaged and degraded ecosystems

    Restoring lost and damaged ecosystems-from forests and freshwaters to mangroves and wetlands-can trigger multi-million dollar returns that generate jobs and combat ...

  • Leading companies responding to ecosystem degradation

    Global warming may dominate headlines today. Ecosystem degradation will do so tomorrow. To prepare businesses for this new landscape, three organizations today launched a set of guidelines designed to help companies proactively develop strategies to manage risks and opportunities arising from ecosystem degradation. The guidelines, called the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review ( 3.5 MB) were ...

  • Almost half of EU freshwaters suffer from chemical pollution

    The health of almost half of all European freshwaters is at risk from organic chemical pollution, finds new research. The study, a continental-scale risk assessment of the potential effects of toxic organic chemicals on freshwater ecosystems, based its conclusions on data for over 200 pollutants measured at 4000 monitoring sites across Europe. Freshwater ecosystems provide a number of important ...

  • Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

    A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns was launched today. The Atlas is an output of BioFresh, an EU-funded project supported by Wetlands International that is putting together the widely dispersed information about life in our rivers and lakes, to better understand, manage and protect our freshwaters for generations to ...


    By Wetlands International

  • International Forum to Tackle Challenges Facing Worlds Freshwater Resources

    Governments from around the world, along with heads of national and international basin organizations and freshwater experts met this week in Nairobi to look at ways to strengthen the governance of freshwater basins and resources, which account for approximately 60 per cent of the global freshwater flow. Freshwater is a fundamental environmental resource and essential for the sustainability ...

  • Healthy Ecosystems Key to Better Food Security

    Today the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that is set to ensure better support for the functioning of critical ecosystem services that underlie food security. "Healthy ecosystems are the lifeblood of food security, especially in developing countries, where a majority of people ...

  • Leading companies worldwide responding to ecosystem degradation

    Global warming may dominate headlines today. Ecosystem degradation will do so tomorrow. To prepare businesses for this new landscape, three organizations today launched a set of guidelines designed to help companies proactively develop strategies to manage risks and opportunities arising from ecosystem degradation. The guidelines, called the 'Corporate Ecosystem Services Review,' were developed ...

  • An economic case for restoring rivers and their ecosystem services

    Unless they are sustainably managed, commercial timber forests generally have low amounts of deadwood on the forest floor, as timber is harvested before it falls. However, this can affect local ecosystem services provided by forest streams. Naturally fallen logs can help purify stream water and prevent ...

  • Brazilian business and ecosystem services partnership launches

    Last week, experts from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and our colleagues from Brazilian businesses and organizations gathered at the Botanical Garden in Rio de Janeiro. While the scenery was beautiful, none of us were there to smell the flowers. We were launching a new initiative designed to help Brazilian and international companies incorporate ecosystem services into their business ...

  • The economic case for repairing damaged and degraded ecosystems

    Restoring lost and damaged ecosystems-from forests and freshwaters to mangroves and wetlands-can trigger multi-million dollar returns that generate jobs and combat poverty according to a new report compiled by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report, Dead Planet, Living Planet: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Restoration for Sustainable Development, states that far from being a tax on ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • New tool developed to highlight and help prevent declines in freshwater biodiversity

    Biodiversity is declining in freshwater ecosystems across the globe, a new study has shown. The researchers created a mathematical model, called GLOBIOaquatic, which builds a picture of the threats to the biodiversity of rivers, lakes and wetlands that are posed by a variety of human activities. The most crucial of these are land-use changes, nutrient and chemical pollution, and disturbances to ...

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