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Biodiversity and natural capital

Framing nature as ‘natural capital’ is a way of looking at the environment from an economic perspective, with living and non-living elements of the environment seen as a ‘stock’ or an ‘asset’ from which numerous benefits flow in the form of ecosystem services. Recognising these benefits allows values, sometimes financial, to be associated with them.…

CCI and China: where are we and what next?

In response to an increasing interest in China, CCI brought together 30 researchers from four CCI partner organisations and eight University Departments on the 17th December 2012 for a networking meeting to talk about their work in China and to explore opportunities for future collaborative projects. The title of the one day workshop was “CCI and…

Bringing people together to discuss and debate new topics

Since the Programme was founded in 2008, Shared Challenges has run brainstorming workshops to bring groups of people together to introduce their work, exchange ideas and explore the potential for future collaboration. Topics discussed so far range from food security to habitat restoration and certification. Some of these discussions led to further collaborative work. For…

Gathering new ideas for collaboration

A series of ‘ideas gathering’ workshops between September 2010 and March 2011, has been highly effective in highlighting areas of interest shared by CCI partners, organisations within CCF and research groups in Cambridge University, identifying ‘hot topics for discussion and exploring potential opportunities for collaborative work. More than 80 people came to a series of…

Biodiversity and REDD+

The conservation community are in broad agreement that Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD and now REDD+) is an essential development in steps to tackle climate change and could bring significant benefits for biodiversity. However, this will require a number of key issues to be resolved; and there are risks to both biodiversity…

Reconnecting people and nature

There is general concern amongst conservationists that people are taking fewer opportunities to experience and connect with nature. This project is designed to explore this and to understand what the implications may be for the conservation of biodiversity. To gain an overview of the variety of work that CCI partners and University Departments are doing…

Understanding barriers and opportunities to develop biodiversity offsets – a multi-sector perspective

Biodiversity offsets are measurable conservation outcomes developed to compensate for unavoidable residual impacts to biodiversity resulting from project development to ensure no net loss or even a net gain in biodiversity. This is an emerging area and is subject to ongoing trials and improvements, so represents a priority for science-policy groups such as CCI to…

Exploring the linkages between poverty and biodiversity

Biodiversity supports livelihoods of the rural poor in a number of ways, providing scope for building bridges between the conservation and development community to achieve win-win outcomes. A growing interest in this area amongst CCI partners stimulated a Shared Challenges workshop in March 2012 which provided an ideal opportunity to share perspectives and to discuss…

Supporting IPBES

IPBES – the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – aims to solve a major and seemingly intractable problem – how to translate biodiversity and ecosystem information into effective policy responses to reduce biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. The University departments and organisations within CCI collectively have a huge amount to offer to…