Tagged: ecosystem services

The value of our environment – learning from Proctor & Gamble - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Apr 08, 2014

Proctor & Gamble’s Dawn Ultra, New Zealand Springs. Sold in North America and listed on www.fishpond.co.nz but unavailable in New Zealand. New Zealand! The 100% purity and beauty of our freshwaters is an international inspiration… … for dishwashing liquid. Dawn Ultra, New Zealand Springs Dishwashing liquid is an environmental hazard. It adds phosphorous to the environment … Read More

The Department of Conservation’s role in water governance - Waiology

Waiology Mar 08, 2013

By Rosemary Miller The Department of Conservation’s (DOC) vision is to foster a healthy, functioning environment today and for future generations. This includes New Zealand freshwaters. So where does DOC fit into the overall picture of water governance in New Zealand? Firstly, DOC has specific freshwater functions as set out in the Conservation Act Legislation: To preserve … Read More

What makes wetlands wet lands? - Waiology

Waiology Feb 04, 2013

By Daniel Collins The simple answer is, of course, water. But that says little about the natural history of wetlands, or what physical conditions are necessary to maintain, restore or even engineer them. For that, we need to take a closer look at wetland hydrology. Wetlands are tracts of land that are water-logged at least seasonally. They may be spongy … Read More

The Greening of National: just add Gold - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Nov 27, 2012

Perhaps your Grandmother, like mine upon seeing my striped shirt, advised that “blue and green shouldn’t be seen, without a colour in between”. Fashion though, like the economy and its politics, is never constant – they are always reinventing themselves. Those clashing stripes have ‘gone out’ again but I think blue-green is set to become fashionable in the economies and … Read More

What’s nature worth? - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Sep 04, 2012

At last week’s NZARES conference, Brent Clothier, Estelle Dominati, and Alec Mackay presented work on ecosystem services. Clothier has been doing work in this area for a while and is an effective science communicator on the issue. For example, he and I were both at the Royal Society Ecosystem Services workshop last year and did [...] … Read More

Nature, at your service - Waiology

Waiology Jul 13, 2011

By Daniel Collins Humans have depended on nature since we were knee-high to Australopithecus afarensis. Our ancestors drank river water, harvested berries from bushes and took refuge beneath trees. Today, we drink tap water, buy groceries from supermarkets and build houses out of trees. Over the two million intervening years, humans have increasingly co-opted and engineered natural ecosystems to meet … Read More