Atlas of Natural Capital Newsletter

2nd Edition, January 2017

The Dutch Atlas of Natural Capital (ANK) is the unique national collection of digital maps about the Netherlands' natural riches. It also contains up-to-date information and inspiring ideas about how we can use our natural capital sustainably. Our dot on the horizon is the economic valuation of ecosystem services.

Healthier soil: better harvests!

Less water, less fertilizer, less fuel and fewer pesticides. That will be the positive result for farmers throughout the world if they make smarter use of their soil. Optimal water management for sustainable agriculture starts by improving the soil.

Eco-Health Browser

The Eco-Health Relation Browser is a handy tool from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The tool enables a convenient overview of the relationships between types of ecosystems, the corresponding ecosystem services and our health. The tool includes a detailed dataset.


Report of ESD conference in Antwerp

From 19-23 September the ANK team attended the European Ecosystem Services conference in Antwerp. Based on the theme 'Helping nature to help us' the conference examined, via lectures, workshops and excursions, the role that ecosystem services can play in our well-being and in protecting nature.

Tackling illegal fishing using big data

How do you check ships on the vast expanse of the world's seas and oceans? One way of doing it is with Global Fishing Watch. This new platform makes global ship movements accessible and therefore helps to combat illegal fishing.


Fight against antibiotic resistance

Pathogenic bacteria are becoming resistant to more and more antibiotics. The Netherlands and China are exchanging knowledge about how to prevent resistance, for example in two meetings which took place in Peking and Shanghai last September.

Ecosystem services in US decision-making

In the first week of October, the US Administration released a memorandum directing Federal agencies to factor the value of ecosystem services into Federal planning and decision-making. It also establishes a process for the Federal government to develop a more detailed guidance on integrating ecosystem-service assessments into relevant programs and projects.

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The Atlas of Natural Capital newsletter is published every three months under the responsibility of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment [Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu] (RIVM).

Photos: National Photo Database [Nationale Beeldbank] and others.