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Politics for Ecosystems and Biodiversity

February 23, 2013 by Sturle Hauge Simonsen

In Sweden, a commission has been appointed to suggest measures to make the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services known in Swedish society at all levels, national, regional and local.[read more]

Sustainable Growth Not as We Know it

May 17, 2011 by Moth Lubcke

Within a natural ecosystem, sustainability is reached through competition for limited resources, generally at some sacrifice to individual fitness. It is a thoughtless, apathetic process that refines resource exploitation along the way, forever improving efficiency. Growth, in functional ecosystems, is intrinsically bound to efficiency...[read more]

Identifying Thresholds for Ecosystem-Based Management – Help for resource managers and policy makers

May 14, 2010 by Paul B

One of the greatest obstacles to moving ecosystem-based management (EBM) from concept to practice is the lack of a systematic approach to defining ecosystem-level decision criteria, or reference points that trigger management action. Methodology/Principal Findings To assist resource managers and policymakers in developing EBM...[read more]

Developing the UK National Ecosystem Assessment

September 14, 2009 by Ceri Margerison

Last week the BES hosted a fascinating workshop on the development of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA), in conjunction with the UK Biodiversity Reseach Advisory Group (UK-BRAG). A morning of presentations and discussion were followed with lunch and an opportunity for networking, before break-out groups met to consider various...[read more]

Global Environment Forum Recap: Commit to Copenhagen and Build Green Cities or Face Planetary Disaster

August 24, 2009 by Warren Karlenzig

Hotel Chin Shuai in Taiwan folds into the Pacific during Typhoon Morakot floodingLast week's Global Environment Forum, organized by the city of Incheon, South Korea, featured United Nations Secretary Ban Ki-moon. He exhorted the gathering's 1,000 global government, academic, business and civil society organization leaders that they must...[read more]

Urbanism for Expanding Cities

August 11, 2009 by Jason King

My friend and colleague Brett Milligan and I were fortunate enough to have an article published in 'Landscape Architecture China' a new journal that recently published its second issue covering Landscape Urbanism. Our article titled 'Urbanism for Expanding Cities: Designing the conjugal interface of contrasting systems' outlined the...[read more]

The Tale of a Smarter City

June 19, 2009 by Don Zeigler

“A city is more than just a collection of buildings, streets, parks, and people, and the many different entities engaged in many different trades.Its a living environment of different cultures, peoples, ideas and systems that are interdependent yet all determine and shape the others identity.”Link to original post[read more]

The Sahara Forest Project

May 26, 2009 by Tyler Caine

With a growing population raising the need for food, water and energy efficiency of spatial utilization is paramount. Our cities should be denser and farmland managed with greater care. But what if we could take some of the harshest land on the planet and use it to supplement these needs at a low cost? Three firms have proposed a method...[read more]

Intelligent Buildings

May 17, 2009 by Lisa Town

What might the future look like if we went beyond today’s technology and really thought intelligently…as in intelligent building skins. The people over at Phillips Design have a division called Design Probes that have been researching this very topic, among others. They call their Design Probes division… “a dedicated ‘far-future’...[read more]