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Using ecosystem service maps as baseline data for Strategic Environmental Assessment for proposed oil exploration within the Virunga World Heritage Site.

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 Extrema.

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Working to use climate scenarios and ecosystem service modeling to identify and implement adaptation strategies in marine protected area and coastal zone management. Partners: WWF-US, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Belize.

Informing how changing agricultural land use driven by adaptation to water scarcity can also be an opportunity to improve habitat and environmental outcomes, while mitigating the impact to the agricultural economy. Partners: The Nature Conservancy.

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Developed Mapping Ecosystem Services to Human well-being (MESH), a tool for calculating and mapping ecosystem services under different landscape management scenarios.

Developed tools and approaches to map and value ecosystem services in diverse ecosystems and military contexts of DoD installations. Partner: US Department of Defense.
Assessing the potential for the Pucallpa-Cruzeiro do Sul road to be developed with no net loss of natural capital and for mitigation measures to secure ecosystem services for local communities in a socially equitable way. 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 Guandu.
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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.

Improving the understanding of how the development of infrastructure and opportunities for tourists will change visitation to Jeju Island by Korean and international tourists.
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.

Incorporating benefits provided by nature into a set of province-wide plans for the marine environment. Partner: BC Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP).
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.

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