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NEWS: Spanish-language platform provides guidance on investing in nature

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On 4 March, ValorandoNaturaleza.org, sister site to the EcosystemMarketplace.com, went live. Launched by Forest Trends and supported by CDKN, this new information platform is designed to generate and add quality information about evaluating and investing in ecosystem servicesHumankind benefits in a multitude of ways from ecosystems. Collectively, these benefits are known as ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are regularly involved in the provisioning of clean drinking water and the decomposition of wastes. While scientists and environmentalists have discussed ... in Latin America.

ForestDefined under the Kyoto Protocol as a minimum area of land of 0.05-1.0 ha with tree-crown cover (or equivalent stocking level) of more than 10-30 % with trees with the potential to reach a minimum height of 2-5 m at maturity in situ. A forest may consist either of closed forest formations where ... Trends is a collaboration of forestryForestry is the management and care of woods, including fellings and plantation of new trees. industry leaders, NGOs and environmental groups, which promotes marketplace approachesCore to livelihoods approaches are a set of principles that underpin best practice in any development intervention: *People-centred *Responsive and participatory *Multi-level *Conducted in partnership * Sustainable *Dynamic to forest conservation. Its members believe that the economy depends on having healthy ecosystemsA system of living organisms interacting with each other and their physical environment. The boundaries of what could be called an ecosystem are somewhat arbitrary, depending on the focus of interest or study. Thus, the extent of an ecosystem may range from very small spatial scales to, .... Forests, for example, conserve soils, filter and regulate waterClimate change is expected to exacerbate current stresses on water resources from population growth and economic and land-use change, including urbanisation. On a regional scale, mountain snow pack, glaciers and small ice caps play a crucial role in freshwater availability. Widespread mass ..., and help mitigate against climate changeClimate change is a lasting change in weather patterns over long periods of time. It can be a natural phenomena and and has occurred on Earth even before people inhabited it. Quite different is a current situation that is also referred to as climate change, anthropogenic climate change, or ... by storing carbon.

By providing accessible reliable information about policy, finance, science and other topics related to environmental incentives through Valorando Naturaleza, Forest Trends aims to make conserving nature and reducing pollution a foundation for economic and environmental systems. The hope is that this approach will lead to effective and equitable conservation of natural resources in the region.

The Spanish-language platform is based on the model established during the last eight years by Forest Trends’ EcosystemA system of living organisms interacting with each other and their physical environment. The boundaries of what could be called an ecosystem are somewhat arbitrary, depending on the focus of interest or study. Thus, the extent of an ecosystem may range from very small spatial scales to, ... Marketplace. This site posts information including annual reports, quantitative market tracking, weekly articles, daily news and news briefs about different aspects of the markets for ecosystem services.

Valorando Naturaleza will similarly provide original news coverage and in-depth analysis; daily news aggregation; profiles and opinion pieces by leaders in the region; listings of events, job openings, fellowships, courses, requests for bids and other opportunities; along with a library of relevant tools, reports, and multimedia resources.

If you wish ValorandoNaturaleza.org to consider posting news stories, event announcements or publications, you can get in touch at: contacto@valorandonaturaleza.org.

ValorandoNaturaleza.org will be represented at events in Washington DC, Chile and Colombia in the coming weeks, as well as at online Webinars. Check for details at http://www.valorandonaturaleza.com/eventos/

 

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