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Developing an approach for optimizing land use planning by accounting for trade-offs among food production and other ecosystem services, eventually extending to the Caete Basin in Peru and the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor region of Tanzania.
Worked to test methods for using ecosystem service modeling to assess the costs and benefits of alternative climate adaptation options. Partners: WWF-US and Stanford University.  Collaborators: Belize government.
The Biosphere Futures project - Three Phase Winding Diagram - offers an online database of scenario planning case studies from all over the world. The overarching aim is to support sustainable development of the Biosphere.
To increase the resilience of San Francisco Bay Area coastlines and communities to sea-level rise, we include natural infrastructure (native landscape, river systems, etc.) in climate adaptation planning.
Project Category: Sustainable, Livable Cities
Working to use climate scenarios and ecosystem service modeling to identify and implement adaptation strategies in marine protected area and coastal zone management. Partners:  Stanford University, WWF-US, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Belize.
This 18-month project employs NatCap's well-tested participatory process to build support for a more sustainable development pathway by co-producing knowledge of ecosystem services and the benefits they bring to communities in collaboration with scientists, policy experts, and leaders in the Llanos de Moxos region in Beni, Bolivia.
Assessing the impacts of coal mine expansion on drinking water quality regulation services and evaluate the potential to mitigate impacts to local communities through conservation and restoration. Partners:  Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy.
Assessed role of coastal ecosystems in reducing risk from coastal hazards along Caribbean coast of Colombia. Partners: Stanford University, TNC.   Collaborator:   Fulbright Nexus Program.
Project Category: Resilient Coastal Communities
Incorporating natural capital in climate adaptation planning in Monterey, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, and Marin Counties.
Project Category: Resilient Coastal Communities
Worked to understand and communicate (through coastalresilience.org) where coastal habitats provide protection from sea-level rise and storms in the Gulf of Mexico and along the US east coast. Partners: Stanford University,  The Nature Conservancy.
Project Category: Resilient Coastal Communities
Incorporated ecosystem services into coastal zone planning. Collaborators: Inter-American Development Bank, the consulting firm Downstream Strategies, Barbados Coastal Zone Management Unit.
Developed a tool to help governments and nonprofits in Minnesota integrate an ecosystem services approach into the prioritization of conservation easement acquisitions with metrics that go beyond widely used habitat quality metrics to enable targeting multiple benefits relevant to human well-being.
Conserving Nepal's Rivers through strategic trade-off analyses. Partners: WWF International, WWF Nepal, NatCap. Collaborator: Lawrence Berkeley Labs.
Project Category: Secure Freshwater
Developing and applying decision support tool to help US federal and state agencies to better coordinate large-scale land management plans for the monarch butterfly.
Developing and testing methods for assessing biodiversity and ecosystem service impacts of alternative sourcing decisions for biofeedstocks in specific commodities. Collaborator:  Unilever Corporation.
Project Category: Standards For Private Sector
Helped to create a spatial plan for the Primeras et Segundas marine reserve, as well as to integrate natural capital in its national planning system and national accounts, highlighted as one of its strategic objectives in the country's five year national development plan.
Created a customized decision support software tool (MAFE-T) to account for ecosystem services and terrestrial biodiversity when assessing development impacts and designing offsets, supporting fulfillment of Colombia's national compensatory mitigation policy. Partners: Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy.
Worked to integrate ecosystem service models for coastal habitats into an optimization framework to understand where proposed restoration and conservation projects related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill would achieve multiple recreation and coastal risk reduction goals. Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Stanford.
Using NatCap tools for targeting conservation and restoration to maximize ecosystem services, calculating return on investment, and building capacity. Collaborators:  FUNDECOR and Agua Tica Water Fund
Project Category: Secure Freshwater
Improving methods for targeting and optimizing water fund investments, while accounting for uncertainties and trade-offs. Partners: Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy.  Collaborators: Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund,  CGIAR.
Project Category: Secure Freshwater

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