Abstract: This session is intended for those who are new to taking a natural capital approach to informing decisions. In the first half of the session, we will discuss ways of approaching a natural capital analysis, and provide illustrative case studies. We will also learn about new IUCN guidance for selecting the appropriate ecosystem service tools to inform biodiversity and conservation planning. The second half of the session will introduce NatCap’s primary software tools, with a focus on the ecosystem service suite InVEST, and provide time for installing these tools. If you are planning to attend either of the Hands-On InVEST sessions, you will need to come prepared with InVEST and a GIS, so bring your laptop if you’d like help installing InVEST, RIOS, OPAL or QGIS software.
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