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Choking Coastal Waters

My team at WRI, together with Dr. Bob Diaz at the Virginia Marine Institute, has identified and mapped 415 eutrophic and hypoxic coastal systems worldwide through an extensive literature review. Of these, 169 are documented hypoxic areas, 233 are areas of concern and 13 are systems in recovery.

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Assessing U.S. Farm Drainage

Can GIS Lead to Better Estimates of Subsurface Drainage Extent?

Extensive subsurface "tile" drainage systems on Corn Belt farmlands have important implications for nutrient pollution in surface water, notably the hypoxic "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, existing drainage data are outdated and inconsistent. Can a map-based...

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Nature's Benefits in Kenya

An Atlas of Ecosystems and Human Well-Being

This report provides a new approach to integrating spatial data on poverty and ecosystems in Kenya. It is endorsed by five Permanent Secretaries in Kenya and with a Foreword by Wangari Maathai (recipient of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize).

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Restoring Nature's Capital

An Action Agenda to Sustain Ecosystem Services - Restaurando El Capital Natural

Proposes an action agenda for business, governments, and civil society to reverse ecosystem degradation.

Business and Ecosystems Issue Brief

Ecosystem Challenges and Business Implications

Explores six challenges -- water scarcity, climate change, habitat change, biodiversity loss and invasive species, overexploitation of oceans, and nutrient overloading -- and discusses their implications for business and examples of corporate responses.

Decentralization of Natural Resources Management

Lessons from Southeast Asia: Case Studies Under REPSI

Summarizes case studies on decentralization of natural resource management in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. It analyzes the type and extent of decentralization and outcomes people and surrounding ecosystems.

World Resources 2005 -- The Wealth of the Poor

Managing Ecosystems to Fight Poverty

Ecosystems are---or can be---the wealth of the poor. For many of the 1.1 billion people living in severe poverty, nature has always been a daily lifeline---an asset for those with few other material assets.

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Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Living Beyond Our Means

Natural Assets and Human Well Being (Statement from the Board)

The statement from the Board identifies 10 key messages and conclusions that can be drawn from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

Fishing for Answers

Making sense of the global fish crisis

This report allows consumers make links between what they eat and the effect on the ecosystem and fishers globally, as well as stimulate dialogues among environmentalists, the fishing industry, and consumers.

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