In Wake Of Paris Agreement, Ecosystems Take Rightful Place In Fight To End Climate Change
Environmentalists have long said that humans must conserve our planetâ€™s living ecosystems if they are to win the war on climate change, and the Paris Climate Agreement made that explicit. As the agreement takes hold, ecosystem conservation is emerging as a key tool for both slowing climate change and adapting to its consequences â€“ not to mention supporting sustainable development.
Ecosystem Marketplace has the story.
Donâ€™t Be The Last One To Hear About The Business Benefits Of Investing In Nature
BSR, the Business for Social Responsibility organization, published a new report last week that demonstrates in pictures, words, and numbers the business benefits of nature-based solutions. Here, BSRâ€™s Sissel Waage explains the importance of illustrative case studies and the reasons for relatively slow (but accelerating!) uptake from the private sector.
Read it at Ecosystem Marketplace.
Here's the Deal
San Fran makes a Splash with Green Bond Issuance for Water Projects
In a landmark move this month, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission issued a $240M green bond certified under the Water Climate Bonds Standard to fund sustainable stormwater management and wastewater projects.
WaterWorld has coverage.
Making Corporate Water Targets Count
Of late, several big corporates like Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Nike have made water-related sustainability commitments: a good thing. But, as Alexis Morgan of WWF highlights in a recent blog post, context and materiality are critical if these targets are to deliver meaningful results. WWF is in talks with several other NGOs to create guidance for context-based corporate water targets.
Read Alexis Morgan's blog at WWF for the whole story.
Will Californians stay Water Smart without a Stick?
In early May, California's governor moved to make the state's water conservation measures, currently in place to cope with long-lasting drought conditions, permanent. However, a few weeks later, the state suspended its mandatory rules, leaving local communities in control of establishing conservation standards.
The New York Times has the story.
Merging Solutions to Integrated Challenges
The Global Environment Facility is aiding China's efforts to reduce pollution and address scarcity in the Bohai Sea, one of the world's most ecologically stressed water bodies. The project seeks to increase integration between water and environmental management in order to address myriad problems at once.
Read it at The Financial.
Jury Remains Out on Water Quality Trading in Ohio
Government officials in Ohio weighed the pros and cons of water quality trading this month as a plethora of stakeholders want the issue of poor water quality resolved. They assessed past use of the practice including documented water quality improvements in the state's Sugar Creek Watershed.
Learn more at the Farm and Dairy.
Turning Blight into Bioretention in the Motor City
Bioretention gardens that improve water quality by soaking up stormwater runoff fill several vacant lots that once held blighted homes in Detroit. Here, the University of Michigan is wrapping up construction of its green infrastructure pilot project in the city.
The Detroit News has coverage.
Ethiopian Farmers turn a Desert into a Forest
Ethiopia is in the midst of its worst drought in 50 years. It's no silver bullet, but farmers are building up resilience using nature-based solutions, like planting trees and cover plants, that make the water stay put. This reduces erosion and leads to healthier soils and crops.
Learn more at Grist.
A Conservationist's Guide to China's Water Woes
The Nature Conservancy recently published promising findings on nature-based solutions and conservation finance tools that can be used in addressing China's many water challenges. The water fund, which implements upstream conservation practices to improve water quality throughout the waterway, is one such tool.
Read it at the Huffington Post.
Drought, Floods, Scarcity: Impacts of Climate Change to be Felt Through Water
According to a World Bank report, an inadequate supply of water could lead to sustained negative growth in such places as Africa, the Middle East, India and China. The report explores the effects of climate change on world water supplies and concludes certain parts of the globe will feel the worst impacts of global warming through changes to this resource.
The Washington Post has the story.
Can Debt Accelerate Conservation Finance Growth?
The Climate Bonds Initiative, Credit Suisse and the Swiss investment advisory company, Clarmondial, collaboratively published a report in April that explores how debt supports investment in ecosystem services, with a focus on the business sector.
Learn more here.
Mapping the Way to Sustainable Groundwater Management
A new online mapping tool called the Africa Groundwater Atlas offers geological and hydrological data on groundwater resources in 51 African countries â€“ information that was difficult to come by but is critical if African nations are to manage their groundwater sustainably, the tool's developers say.
Igrac has coverage.
A New Day for the Chesapeake Bay
According to researchers from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies, the overall health of the Chesapeake Bay improved in 2015, scoring a C, one of the three highest scores since 1986.
The University of Maryland has the figures.
Your Guide to Freshwater Ecosystem Services
The MARS project, which researches freshwater restoration activities and supports European water-related policies, recently published a set of short and easily-digestible factsheets on freshwater ecosystem services in Europe. The factsheets are part of the MARS project's efforts to increase and share knowledge on the issue in order to effectively shape freshwater policy and management.
The Freshwater Blog has details.