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Food Security – Closing the food gap: opportunities for investment?

15 April 2015 – ‘Food Security: Closing the food gap: opportunities for investment?’ investigates three particular categories of food security solutions that can actively contribute to sustainable food security. A focus on postharvest losses illustrates the differing profiles of solutions in developed and developing countries. Biotechnology, especially the area of GM seeds, is an issue that inspires confusion and hot debate. Water management was selected because it is closely tied to climate change, and critical to human health.

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Business opportunities from natural capital challenges

17 February 2015 – The 'Business opportunities from natural capital challenges' infographic depicts the alarming degradation rates of the quantity and quality of water, biodiversity and soil. The infographic identifies the key business opportunities that can arise from the sustainable management of these three natural capital elements.

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Doing Business with Nature: Opportunities from Natural Capital

17 February 2015 – This report aims to engage industry in a review of the global challenges around water, biodiversity and soil and showcases the extent to which companies are working together to develop new interventions in the face of natural capital degradation. The report shares some business responses to these challenges while also highlighting the barriers to long-term and sustainable management of natural capital.

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Nexus thinking: can it slow the Great Acceleration?

November 2014 – In July 2014, the Nexus Network commissioned 13 think pieces with the remit of scoping and defining nexus approaches, and stimulating debate across the linked domains of food, energy, water and the environment. The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Jake Reynolds and Gemma Cranston have co-written a think piece entitled ‘Nexus thinking: can it slow the Great Acceleration?’ that explores how business success and corporate decision-making could be shaped by nexus thinking.

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E.Valu.A.Te: the Game

October 2014 – E.Valu.A.Te: the Game, launched in 2014, this aims to explain what natural capital valuation means for businesses and what decisions it should influence. This interactive game builds scenarios and allows users to explore what critical business decisions need to consider the value on natural resources.

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Sink or Swim: A multi-sector collaboration on water asset investment

3 June 2014 – Today we launched our report at The Royal Society, London, examining new water strategies that recognise the value of water to different sectors.

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Planning Advice for Integrated Water Management

June 2014 – The Natural Capital Leaders Platform, with support from industry and other stakeholders, has published an advice note that provides a one-stop-shop to de-mystify water management so that water is no longer considered a nuisance or a challenge, but a benefit to business, government and communities.

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The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land

June 2014 – The demands on UK agricultural land are escalating. Meeting the needs of a growing population, providing greater food and energy security, increasing woodland coverage and offering better environmental protection are just some of these demands. But where will this land be found?

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