Ecosystem Services and Conservation
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The true worth of our natural world is still being discovered.
The Stanford Woods Institute is helping quantify how land and water meet society’s needs and predicting benefits from investments in nature. To that end, Stanford researchers are integrating scientific and economic understanding of natural assets. They are delivering that knowledge, developing clear, credible and practical software-based tools and showing marine and land-use managers around the world how to use them. This enables decision-makers not only to maximize the societal value of land and water, but also to evaluate and assess potential decisions on conservation, human development and natural resources investment. This approach holds the promise of transforming how governments and businesses factor the values of nature into policy and decision-making.
Research Centers and Programs
La Iniciativa Osa y Golfito (INOGO) es una colaboración internacional enfocada en diseñar una estrategia para un desarrollo humano sostenible y gestión ambiental en la región de Osa y Golfito de Costa Rica. INOGO se diseñó para construir sobre los esfuerzos previos en la región, trabajando de la mano con...
The western United States needs water systems that are sustainable from economic, ecological, political, institutional, equitable, scientific and legal points of view. The Water in the West program addresses multiple dimensions of realistic, integrated solutions to the region’s water challenges. The program’s current projects include improving groundwater management, expanding water...
The Natural Capital Project melds world-class research on environmental economics with influential conservation programs. The center’s Integrated Valuation of Environmental Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) software suite enables decision-makers to quantify nature’s values, assess tradeoffs associated with alternative land- and water-use choices and integrate conservation and human development into land- and...
Environmental Venture Projects
News & Press Releases
Interview with Senior Fellow and Natural Capital Project Co-Director Gretchen Daily