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Natural Capital Symposium

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Event Details:

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - Friday, June 7, 2024


Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

This event is open to:

General Public
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The Natural Capital Symposium is back! Registration is now open for this high-level international convening of leaders driving the transformation toward green, inclusive development. This event will feature inspiring advances in science, policy, finance, social, cultural, and other pathways to informing decisions and pioneering scalable solutions based on natural capital and ecosystem service approaches.

Join leaders from government, multilateral development finance, the private sector, research institutions, and civil society for engaging and interactive sessions highlighting successes in research, data, tools, and practice. We welcome you to attend and share lessons; develop capacity; and build our momentum, focus, and commitment as a global community -- hatching ambitious new plans for collective action at unprecedented scales. Early-bird registration offers significantly reduced rates only through March 31, 2024. See below and on the registration site for more detail. 

Program Description 
Key Information & Registration 
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Program Description

This year’s Symposium will focus on mainstreaming natural capital approaches in policy and investment decisions. Sessions are designed to appeal to participants from a wide variety of backgrounds and will highlight stories of success, innovations, and impact in policy and finance instruments; discuss how to conduct natural capital assessments and accounting and tailor them for diverse applications; and explore new research frontiers. Topics include: 

  • Incorporating natural capital assessments and accounting in national-scale policies and programs in Africa, Latin America, and Asia; aligning these approaches with sustainable development and economic growth agendas
  • Advances in mainstreaming natural capital approaches in international finance institutions
  • Environmental justice and inclusion: social and cultural dimensions, biocultural values 
  • Development and application of Gross Ecosystem Product (GEP) in China and across the world; natural capital accounts more broadly and their links to policy and investment decisions
  • Innovations in results-based financing to secure natural capital
  • Nature-health connections including land-use change and vector-borne diseases, and urban nature and its benefits for mental and physical health
  • Land degradation, climate change, and impacts on ecosystem services
  • Landscapes & community stewardship: incorporating local values in planning and policy 
  • Emerging global partnerships to enhance and protect natural capital
  • Leveraging iterative science-policy processes to drive change

    NatCap symposium attendees 2019
    Participants in the 2019 NatCap Symposium


Key Information & Registration

  • When does the Symposium start and end?
    • The Symposium will start with lunch on Tuesday, June 4th, and end before lunch on Friday, June 7th. 
  • What if I can’t attend every day of the event?
    • You will be able to select registration options for attending different portions of the event for an adjusted fee. 
  • If I’m coming from out of town, where can I stay and how much would it cost? 
  • When will a more-complete program be available? 
    • We will be adding specifics of the program over the next several months as we are able, including keynote speakers. You can expect to see a more complete program by mid-April. 
  • Will NatCap be soliciting abstracts/sessions? 
    • We anticipate having some contributed sessions during the Symposium. Look for a call for sessions on this page and in our social media accounts very soon. 
  • Will there be a virtual participation option?
    • We are sorry but there will not be a virtual option this year. However, we will be recording many of the plenary/keynote sessions and will share those on our YouTube channel afterward. 
  • Can I attend the June 3-4 People, Planet, Prosperity Forum?
    • We appreciate the interest, but the 1.5-day forum just preceding the Symposium is by invitation-only, for participants in the People, Planet, Prosperity project. We will however be sharing more about this exciting work during the Symposium, and our plans to expand it. 
  • What are registration rates/dates? (See the registration site for costs of attending 2 days, 1-1.5 days, and a half day)
 General Attendee (all four days)Student (including Postdocs)Low-Income/ Lower-Middle Income Countries (based on the World Bank listing)
Early bird registration runs through March 31$600$300$275
Regular registration runs through May 1$800$400$275
  • Are there opportunities to volunteer and attend for free?
    • Students and postdoctoral researchers can volunteer to receive free registration on the day they volunteer. Be in touch with us at
  • Can Stanford faculty and staff attend for free?
  • How do I get in touch with specific questions? 

Related Resources

If you are new to the field of natural capital and ecosystem services, here is some background that may be helpful:


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