Visualizing the Value of Nature

08/15/2011 09:44 PM

Earlier this year, Visualizing.org, acreative community working to use data and design to help communicate complex issues, presented a challenge: How to illustrate the value of nature and our use of nature’s services. The group joined up with TEEB (the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity), a UN-sponsored effort to put a dollar figure on nature’s services such as providing fuel, food, water and habitat, by assessing both their economic benefits and the costs associated with their depletion.

The winning entry for the challenge used Global Footprint Network data to show the relationship between countries’ ecological demand, their biocapacity and the size of their deficit or reserve. Check it out here: http://www.visualizing.org/stories/visualizing-value-nature

Visualizing the Value of Nature


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