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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.Collaborators:  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 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, Stanford.

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. Collaborators:  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: Stanford University, WWF.  Collaborator:  Government of Mozambique.

Technical support to apply the RIOS watershed planning tool to guide climate adaptation planning. Partners: Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy.  Collaborator:  International Tropical Agriculture Center (CIAT), and The World 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 INECOL.
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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 and Stanford University.  Collaborators: 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. Collaborators:  International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN).

Informing development of a new planned road from Dawei, Myanmar to Thailand, and quantifying and mapping natural capital across the nation to support development and implementation of the country’s Green Economy strategy. Also, mapping threats to natural capital from potential investments through China's Belt and Road Initiative. Partners:  Stanford University, WWF.

Working with a mining company, an apparel company (owner of brands such as Stella McCartney and Puma), and a conservation organization to improve understanding of the benefits of regenerative grazing programs in degraded rangelands of Mongolia. Applying cutting-edge science using earth observations. Oyu Tolgoi will use this information to monitor the impacts of their mining offsets and Kering will apply it in the assessment of sustainable cashmere supply chains. Collaborators:  Oyu Tolgoi, Kering, Wildlife Conservation Society, NASA

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Developing a new tool (RIOS) for targeting investments in watershed conservation and restoration to improve services for the most people. Collaborators: The Latin American Water Funds Partnership (an initiative of TNC, the FEMSA Foundation, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Global Environment Facility).

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Incorporating natural capital in climate adaptation planning in Monterey, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, and Marin Counties. Developed California coastline viewer tool to explore coastal habitat, sea-level rise, and nature-based solutions: http://marineapps.naturalcapitalproject.org/california/index.html.  Collaborator:   Center for Ocean Solutions.

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Using evidence linking nature with mental health and wellbeing to inform urban planning, urban design and public health. Collaborators: Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Trust for Public Land, Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield, Paul Riverfront Corporation.

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Developed a new framework with the biodiversity and ecosystem services experts and leaders in corporate sustainability to improve the representation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in natural capital accounting. Collaborator:  Kering, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

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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. Collaborators: 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.

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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