September 2013

TEEB Europe: Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital


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Members of the Department Environmental Economics recently finished a one and a half year study for the European Commission synthesizing approaches to assess, map and value ecosystem services in Europe following TEEB. Guidelines have been developed to support European Member States in harmonizing ecosystem services classifications, valuation and accounting methods.


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Worldviews and the transformation to sustainable societies: An exploration of the cultural and psychological dimensions of our global environmental challenges


EPA smallIn the global debate on sustainability there appears to be a growing recognition of the importance of worldviews vis-à-vis the urgently needed transformation to sustainable societies. However, research into worldviews and their interface with sustainability is still sparse. The dissertation of Annick Hedlund-de Witt therefore explores a variety of emptyworldviews in the contemporary West, and demonstrates that there are significant differences between them in terms of environmental attitudes and sustainable lifestyles.

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IVM active in China

 

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One sixth of China’s soil is contaminated with heavy metals and persistent organic pollutants such as DDT and lindane. In addition to combating air pollution, in the coming years China will substantially invest in soil remediation. IVM has been invited to organize soil remediation projects in the province Shanxi in China.

 

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Globalizing Our Understanding of Land System Change


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June 3 and 4 Jasper van Vliet and Peter Verburg organized a workshop entitled “Globalizing our understanding of land system changes” in collaboration with researchers from UMBC. This event brought together researchers from a wide range of disciplines to discuss drivers and consequences of land system changes globally.

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