The environment is the basis of our existence and provides the resources to support life on Earth. The benefits these natural resources provide us are known as ecosystem services.
As the video narrated by David Attenborough highlights, we as humans are part of the environment and we make consciously and unconsciously use of the ecosystem services it provides every day:
The awareness of the importance as well as concern for our environment has been steadily growing over the last few decades. We have increasingly become aware that a focus only on economic development does not meet environmental and social needs. Out of this thinking emerged the idea of sustainable development where all three of those needs should be met in a balanced way.
How can a social capital approach support sustainable development
Social Capital describes inter-relationships between people (networks) which are value-based and build on trust and reciprocity. It therefore has a great impact on our communities and how they are shaped. It can provide a valuable approach for supporting our communities to address environmental, social, and economic needs in an participatory and asset-based ways.
Our Environmental Projects
Social Enterprise and Biosphere Reserve Development
Assist Social Capital has been working actively around establishing Social Enterprise as part of the strategy in Biosphere Reserves towards Sustainable Development. To achieve that aim we are working with partners in Europe, Canada and South-East Asia to develop understanding of the benefits of social capital and social enterprise in and around Biosphere Reserves.
As part of a EuroMAB (European Man and the Biosphere Network) Working Group on social enterprise Assist Social Capital has developed the Social Enterprise and Biosphere Reserve Development Framework and we have attended various regional as well as international Biosphere Reserve meetings to introduce social enterprise into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. More recently we have also facilitated an international conference on this topic as part of the upcoming Lima Conference.
Find out more about this project here.
This initiative is supported by the Scottish Government’s International Social Enterprise Programme.
Wester Ross Biosphere
Read more about this project here.
This initiative is supported by the Scottish Government.
The Man and the BiosphereWorldwide there are 651 biosphere reserves in 120 countries in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.The Man and the … <Read More>
Wester Ross Biopshere
In 1976, UNESCO recognised Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve as one of the world’s first Biosphere Reserves (BRs). At that time the main focus of … <Read More>
26th MAB ICC 2014
This Post-ICC event from 15 - 17 June 2014, in Lake Vänern Archipelago Biosphere Reserve, was designed for those who are actively working with social … <Read More>