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Developing a return on investment analysis of multiple ecosystem services and public goods provided by best management practices of Conservation Reserve Program lands, illustrating the value of land conservation programs in small, agricultural watersheds and landscapes. Partner: The Nature Conservancy.

Incorporated ecosystem services into coastal zone planning. Partners: Inter-American Development Bank, the consulting firm Downstream Strategies, Barbados Coastal Zone Management Unit.

Developing guidance and approaches for incorporating natural capital information into road planning and investments in Latin America and the Caribbean. Partner: Inter-American Development bank.

Co-developing guidelines and implementing monitoring programs to understand how investments in watershed conservation and restoration are improving ecosystem services and livelihoods in collaboration with water funds and research partner Camboriú.

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Working to identify and test new data technologies for scaling the use of information on climate change, coastal processe, and ecosystem services into Integrated Coastal Zone Management across the Caribbean and Latin America. Partners: IDB, NGOs, academics and governments of The Bahamas, Mexico, and Belize.

Applying social media data to better measure visitation in city parks and green space. Partners: The New School, SUNY-Buffalo
Developed a tool to help governments and nonprofits in Minnesota integrate an ecosystem services approach into the prioritization of conservation easement acquisitions with metrics that go beyond widely used habitat quality metrics to enable targeting multiple benefits relevant to human well-being.

Developed a Master Plan for Andros Island that will promote sustainable development and ensure the long-term viability of forests, wetlands, reefs, and biodiversity that underpin the economy and support livelihoods. Partners: Government of The Bahamas, University of The Bahamas, The Nature Conservancy, the Inter-American Development Bank

Created a customized decision support software tool (MAFE-T) to account for ecosystem services and terrestrial biodiversity when assessing development impacts and designing offsets, supporting fulfillment of Colombia’s national compensatory mitigation policy. Partner: The Nature Conservancy.
Co-developing guidelines and implementing monitoring programs to understand how investments in watershed conservation and restoration are improving ecosystem services and livelihoods in collaboration with water funds and research partner FONAG.
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Worked to integrate ecosystem service models for coastal habitats into an optimization framework to understand where proposed restoration and conservation projects related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill would achieve multiple recreation and coastal risk reduction goals. Partners: The Nature Conservancy.

Improving the ability of governments, private investors, and other decision-makers to assess the long-term sustainability of infrastructure projects in the global Artic and elsewhere.

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).

Using ecosystem service information to zone various activities to preserve natural and cultural heritage values on Chiloé island. Partners: Center for Studies and Conservation of Natural Heritage, Audubon.

 

 

Developed a tool to prioritize investments in forest landscape restoration (ROOT). We are piloting the tool in Uganda and then applying it in multiple countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Partners: International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Resources Institute (WRI).
Co-developing guidelines and implementing monitoring programs to understand how investments in watershed conservation and restoration are improving ecosystem services and livelihoods in collaboration with water funds and research partner Aquafondo.
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Worked to test methods for using ecosystem service modeling to assess the costs and benefits of alternative climate adaptation options. Partners: WWF-US, Belize government.

Working with IPBES to advance ecosystem services science globally.
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).
Helped to create a spatial plan for the Primeras et Segundas marine reserve, as well as to integrate natural capital in its national planning system and national accounts, highlighted as one of its strategic objectives in the country’s five year national development plan. Partners: WWF, Government of Mozambique.

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