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Supporting the SC3 tri-county partnership with integrating ecosystem services into the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Master Plan for the Coyote Watershed.
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Developing a business case and return-on-investment analysis for investing in watershed services, securing clean water and hydropower for the city of Nairobi while improving local farmers' livelihoods. Partners: The Nature Conservancy, FutureWater, the Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund Steering Committee.
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Modeled coastal protection, recreation, and fisheries benefits provided by coastal habitats to inform decisions about grey and green infrastructure in Dow Chemical's facility. Partner: The Nature Conservancy
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There are approximately 16,000 golf courses in the USA, spread across a variety of social and ecological contexts; urban to rural, forest to swamp, grassland to desert. Economically, golf courses contribute billions of dollars to the economy and create jobs for local communities. Environmentally, golf courses require inputs of water, nutrients and pesticides and can be taxing.

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Assessing the benefits and trade-offs of integrated systems for livestock performance, wildlife health, tick-borne disease risk, and related impacts to livelihoods through livestock and tourism income.
Identified reforestation areas based on ecosystem services and their benefits to people. Co-developed and applied the Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT), an ecosystem service software tool, to identify restoration opportunities that provide the greatest benefits at the lowest cost. Partners: International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN).

The Belizean government used InVEST to engage stakeholders and devise a plan that improves coastal protection, tourism and lobster revenues, while also reducing human impacts on coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds.

Now other countries are looking to do the same.

Integrating ecosystem services in a stakeholder-driven process to improve water quantity and quality in the Truckee River Watershed using RIOS and to incorporate the value of watershed conservation activities for reducing wildfire risk and its associated impacts on water. Partner: The Nature Conservancy.
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Working to improve management of forest areas and demonstrate the value of those forests for sustaining the hydropower sector, to support development of a pilot payments for ecosystem services (PES) scheme. Partners: World Bank, Himachal Pradesh Department of Forests.
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Assessed role of coastal ecosystems in reducing risk from coastal hazards along Caribbean coast of Colombia. Partners: TNC and Fulbright Nexus Program.
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Developing and testing an approach for using social media data to measure visitation to Twin Cities parks and green space, to inform local and regional park planning processes.
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Developing and testing methods for assessing biodiversity and ecosystem service impacts of alternative sourcing decisions for biofeedstocks in specific commodities. Partner: Unilever Corporation.
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Identified reforestation areas based on ecosystem services and their benefits to people. Co-developed and applied the Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT), an ecosystem service software tool, to identify restoration opportunities that provide the greatest benefits at the lowest cost. Partners: International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN).
Informing the designation of Ecosystem Function Conservation Areas (EFCAs) and the development of a Gross Ecosystem Product (to be reported alongside GDP) throughout China. Partner: Chinese National Academy of Sciences.

Working to prioritize investments in their new national Rewards for Environmental Services program, a financial incentives system aiming to improve rangeland management to promote freshwater services and livestock productivity. Partners: International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Cañete Basin stakeholders.

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Through the ClimateWIse project, we improve our understanding of how land use and climate change affect water resources in the northern Andes and in the Atlantic Forest Region of Brazil. Partners: water funds and water producer programs (Guandu, Extrema, and Camboriú in Brazil and AquaFondo, FONAG, and Agua Por la Vida y la Sostenibilidad in the Andes) with the aim to make the programs as effective and equitable as possible.
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Assessed risk from coastal hazards along the entire coast of The Bahamas and identify locations where corals, mangroves, and seagrasses have the greatest potential to reduce risk to coastal communities. Partners: Government of The Bahamas, IDB.
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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.

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Identified reforestation areas based on ecosystem services and their benefits to people. Co-developed and applied the Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT), an ecosystem service software tool, to identify restoration opportunities that provide the greatest benefits at the lowest cost. Published the analysis for these 6 cities as part of The Nature Conservancy's 2017 report titled Beyond the Source: The environmental

Identified reforestation areas based on ecosystem services and their benefits to people. Co-developed and applied the Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT), an ecosystem service software tool, to identify restoration opportunities that provide the greatest benefits at the lowest cost. Published the analysis for these 6 cities as part of The Nature Conservancy's 2017 report titled "Beyond the Source: The environmental, economic, and community benefits of source water protection." Partner: International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN).

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