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Coverage of ecosystem services since June 9, 2021.

Regenerative agriculture takes centre stage in new initiative BC Gov News

"...The Government of B. C. is launching a Regenerative Agriculture and Agritech Network (RAAN) that will help farmers adopt the latest technology to increase profitability and environmental sustainability, while strengthening the provincial food system..."

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Land repair vital for survival

"...Restoration of degraded drylands is urgently needed to mitigate climate change, reverse desertification and secure livelihoods for the two billion people who live there, experts warn in a major new paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution..."

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Three key habitat-building corals face worrying future due to climate crisis

"...Human activity has long harmed corals worldwide, and coral reefs are already some of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet. Intense and long-lasting mass bleaching events, ocean acidification, pollution, urbanization, fisheries, and tourism are all leading to reduction and loss of coral cover. Now, the climate crisis is adding to those threats..."

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Kootenay Crew Conducts Wetland Assessments The Nature Trust of British Columbia

"...The crew recently went through a 2 week wetland training course and helped the BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) with some assessments at our Bummers Flats property and our Columbia Lake Westside property. These assessments involved soil sampling, vegetation identification, taking water measurements and following the BCWF Wetland Ecosystem Services Protocol (WESP)..."

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Extreme events: Ecosystems offer cost effective protection

"...As reported in the article published by the journal Nature Sustainability, researchers assessed the state of knowledge on the role ecosystems play in reducing the disaster risk: from the management of wildfires to the mitigation of flooding in urban areas through the implementation of green design, from the use of vegetation on steep slopes to cost-effectively reduce mountain hazards - such as mudslides and avalanches - to the management of stormwater..."

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Floods may be nearly as important as droughts for future carbon accounting

"...Plants play an essential role in curbing climate change, absorbing about one-third of the carbon dioxide emitted from human activities and storing it in soil so it doesn't become a heat-trapping gas. Extreme weather affects this ecosystem service, but when it comes to understanding carbon uptake, floods are studied far less than droughts - and they may be just as important, according to new research..."

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Opinion: Reducing beef consumption might not be environmental solution some think

"...You have heard it on the news, seen it in the headlines and clicked it on social media: We should reduce meat consumption to decrease our individual carbon footprint and protect the environment. Recently, restaurants and food websites have removed beef from their menus and recipes in claims of doing their part to become more climate-conscious. Could it be possible that in some parts of the world, raising beef cattle actually preserves endangered ecosystems, provides valuable wildlife habitat and promotes carbon sequestration? In Canada, these are the environmental benefits from the land cared for by beef farmers and ranchers and their livestock..."

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Russian forests are crucial to global climate mitigation

"..."We set out to determine the live biomass stock and sequestration rate of Russian forests. The joint efforts of our diverse team consisting of representatives from the Russian state forestry agency, forest survey, academic research institutes, and other educational institutions, made it possible for us to produce an important, reproducible scientific result. Even more importantly, our work contributed to building mutual trust, a policy of data sharing, and hopefully, the potential for fruitful future collaboration," says study lead author Dmitry Schepaschenko, a researcher with the IIASA Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services Research Group in the Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program..."

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Future wood use assures long-term climate benefit from commercial forests

"..."In essence, afforestation is one of the few options available to offset current GHG emissions, but at the same time can provide a crucial feedstock for the circular bioeconomy that we expect to be expanding rapidly for decades into the future", adds co-author Caren Dymond, Senior Research Scientist in natural resources with the Government of British Columbia. The results of this study counter recent studies that suggest commercial forests act only as a short-term sink of CO2. In fact, these new results indicate that, where forest growth rates are high (e..."

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Research supports protestors' concerns about the future of Llobregat Delta, in Barcelona

"..."What is remarkable about the results is the amount of agreement among residents and visitors about the importance of the natural values of the Llobregat Delta. Even though the airport is nearby, people value being able to be able to access a protected natural area so close to Barcelona", explains Dr Sonia Graham, the researcher leading the project. Dr Graham recalls that, "during the interviews, a Barcelona resident told researchers that they would not like the airport to grow larger, and to have an impact on the area..."

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Sacred natural sites protect biodiversity in Iran

"...In the contested border areas between Iran and Iraq, state-run environmental protection programs are often failing, while natural resources are under a lot of pressure. Even in such areas of conflict, patches of highly biodiverse woodlands still exist thanks to informal conservation traditions - in the form of decades-old sacred natural sites, some of which are known as the 'sacred groves'..."

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IPBES/IPCC: Tackling the biodiversity and climate crises together, and their combined social impacts

"...BONN, 10 June - Unprecedented changes in climate and biodiversity, driven by human activities, have combined and increasingly threaten nature, human lives, livelihoods and well-being around the world. Biodiversity loss and climate change are both driven by human economic activities and mutually reinforce each other. Neither will be successfully resolved unless both are tackled together..."

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Highlight Reel: Collaborating across industry and supply chains to reduce emissions

"...How can incomes be ensured by sustainable ocean-based initiatives? How are the benefits of marine protected areas and ocean conservation projects demonstrated to coastal communities? ..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Mr. Sean McMahon: Improving Soil Health and Water Quality through the Conservation Infrastructure

"...New strategies and opportunities such as ecosystem services markets, linking soil health to land valuation and public-private partnerships are elements of the ‘Conservation Infrastructure Initiative,’ which will create additional rural jobs and economic development opportunities by expanding conservation practices such as cover crops while improving environmental outcomes..."

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Biomimicry 3.8 Innovation from Nature with Mark Dorfman

"...Prior to Biomimicry 3. 8, Mark worked in the non-profit sector researching and writing case-studies on industrial chemical pollution prevention and wastewater management practices that ultimately influenced the creation of federal and state pollution prevention policies..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about ecosystem services relevant to the latest news.

Agroforestry trade-offs between biomass provision and aboveground carbon sequestration in the alpine Eisenwurzen region, Austri

"...Mountain agroecosystems deliver essential ecosystem services to society but are prone to climate change as well as socio-economic pressures, making multi-functional land systems increasingly central to sustainable mountain land use policy..."

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Human Actions Alter Tidal Marsh Seascapes and the Provision of Ecosystem Services

"...Simultaneously, the effects of urbanization such as habitat loss, eutrophication, fishing, and the spread of invasive species interact with each other, and with climate change, to fundamentally change the structure and functioning of tidal marshes and their food webs..."

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Research agenda on biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services in European cities

"...However, biodiversity in cities is affected by numerous factors, namely habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation, as well as pollution, altered climate, and new biotic challenges..."

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How does a nature-based solution for flood control compare to a technical solution? Case study evidence from Belgium

"...The case study analysis reveals similar flood security, lower costs, more ecosystem services benefits and higher biodiversity values associated with the NBS option in comparison to the technical alternative..."

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Outcome-Based Assessment of the Payment for Mountain Agriculture: A Community-Based Approach to Countering Land Abandonment in

"...Agricultural land accounts for 37% of the world?s terrestrial area, and the multiple functions of agroecosystems?providing food, soil and water retention, and various cultural services?are of great importance for sustainable land management..."

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Coastal wetland ecosystems deliver large carbon stocks in tropical Mexico

"...Given that freshwater swamps had the greatest C stocks and freshwater marshes stored most C, these wetland peat deposits should be prioritized for conservation, via new legislation or inclusion in payment for ecosystem services schemes..."

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Agroecology landscapes

"...Objectives We review the role of landscape ecology to understand and promote biodiversity, pest regulation and crop pollination for the designing of ?agroecology landscapes?..."

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A conceptual framework and experimental design for analysing the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (BE

"...While agroforestry is actively promoted for the sustainable intensification of agriculture and restoration of degraded landscapes, there is a paucity of knowledge on Biodiversity Ecosystem Functioning (BEF) relationships in agroforestry systems..."

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Soil properties, grassland management, and landscape diversity drive the assembly of earthworm communities in temperate grasslan

"...Regarding grassland management, the increase in the livestock unit was the most damaging factor for earthworm communities, in particular for the anecic earthworm biomass and endogeic species richness..."

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Participatory GIS mapping highlights indirect use and existence values of coastal resources and marine conservation areas

"...We measured coastal values, explored regional differences in those values, and identified a suite of coastal and marine ecosystem services that Oregonians prioritize from the recently established marine reserve network..."

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The social valuation of agro-ecosystem services at different scales: A case study from Kyrenia (Girne) Region of Northern Cyprus

"...To do so, the major objectives of the study were (i) to elicit the shared stakeholders' perspectives of AESs and (ii) to record the agro-ecosystem plant biodiversity and associated traditional knowledge as a provider of AESs..."

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