Our Training Program
Our 100-level offerings focus on foundations and include our on-line course, webinars, regional workshops, and big-picture components of the natural capital approach. Our 200-level offerings build on those foundations to include hands-on practice applying our approach and tools in remote courses and seminars, customized workshops, and in the “training track” at our Natural Capital Symposium. Finally, our 300-level offerings represent tailored, project-specific support in which NatCap experts work with you in an on-site seminar or small-group session to generate results using your own data.
The Natural Capital Symposium
Please join us for the 2019 Natural Capital Symposium at Stanford University from March 18-21, 2019. This event is a major convening of leaders advancing the science and practice of incorporating nature’s diverse values into decisions. Interactive sessions throughout the symposium will focus on five central themes: sustainable development planning, securing freshwater, fostering resilient coastal communities, developing sustainable cities, and creating standards for the private sector.
Last year’s symposium drew over 300 people from 31 countries, representing universities, NGOs, businesses, governments, and other institutions. We heard from 100 presenters about advances in the science, the development of tools, and how natural capital understanding is being used to inform decisions around the world. Please come join us—we love this event because it is a chance to exchange ideas, swap stories, advance science, and spend time with thought-leaders and practitioners accounting for nature’s contributions to society to make smarter decisions for a more sustainable future.
Tradeoff! Training Game Series
Tradeoff! is a series of mapping games developed by the Natural Capital Project that simply introduce concepts related to nature’s benefits to people, while mirroring our analytical approach with InVEST. The process of preparing spatial data, running software tools, and appropriately interpreting results can be challenging; Tradeoff! represents a more effective means to convey our approach to a broader audience, especially those who are not computer saavy or experience scientific modelers. Currently, we offer four versions of Tradeoff!: 1) Best Coast Belize (coastal zone management), 2) Tradeoff! Agriculture Edition (terrestrial/freshwater services), 3) Northland: Arctic Choices (arctic development), and 4) Roads to a Resilient Future (linear infrastructure development).
Best Coast Belize!
Northland: Arctic Choices
- Verutes, Gregory M., and Amy Rosenthal. “Using simulation games to teach ecosystem service synergies and trade-offs.” Environmental Practice 16.03 (2014): 194-204. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1466046614000222
Contact us to learn more about Tradeoff!
NCP101 is divided into four modules, each of which may be done in sequence or as a standalone unit. The course starts with introductions to the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services, and progresses through hands-on introductions to our primary software stool, InVEST.
Marine Spatial Planning Short Course
We offer a number of courses in locations throughout the world each year. See below for upcoming learning opportunities open to the public.