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Worked to understand and communicate (through coastalresilience.org) where coastal habitats provide protection from sea-level rise and storms in the Gulf of Mexico and along the US east coast. Partner: The Nature Conservancy.

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Assessing urban ecosystem services and promote nature-based solutions in urban planning in China using InVEST tools. 1 of 5 Chinese pilot cities. Partner: Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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Developed all of the original Marine InVEST tools to use nature's benefits to inform coastal plans for Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds. Partner: West Coast Aquatic.
Working to use ecosystem service information to support a land use planning process undertaken by the regional government. Partner: WWF.
Improving methods for targeting and optimizing water fund investments, while accounting for uncertainties and trade-offs. Partners: Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund, The Nature Conservancy, CGIAR.
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Using NatCap tools for targeting conservation and restoration to maximize ecosystem services, calculating return on investment, and building capacity. Partners: FUNDECOR and Agua Tica Water Fund
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Assessed risk from coastal hazards and the role that ecosystems play in reducing risk for vulnerable communities along the entire coast of the US to inform the US National Climate Assessment. Partner: The Nature Conservancy.
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Assessing urban ecosystem services and promote nature-based solutions in urban planning in China using InVEST tools. 1 of 5 Chinese pilot cities. Partner: Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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Using information about variation in ecosystem services and their diverse values to develop land management plans that best meet the diverse objectives of Kamehameha Schools, the largest private land-owner in Hawai'i.
Working to (i) map and quantify risks to habitat and ecosystem services from various activities in the Northwest Atlantic; (ii) proactively incorporate visibility considerations into wind farms and other large infrastructure siting and development projects, and (iii) quantify the specific communities (people and ports) affected by changes in fishing patterns driven by climate and management. Partners: US Federal government, New England state and regional leaders.
Assessing ecosystem services provided by the Chamkhar river basin to downstream hydropower projects and other stakeholders to enable the development and implementation of Payments for Ecosystem Services. Partner: WWF Bhutan.
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Quantifying the benefits, costs, and livelihood implications of the Sloping Land Conversion Program, a large-scale payment for ecosystem services (PES) scheme designed to protect Beijing's water supply in the Miyun Reservoir. Partner: Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Developing an approach for optimizing land use planning by accounting for trade-offs among food production and other ecosystem services, eventually extending to the Cañete Basin in Peru and the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor region of Tanzania. Partners: CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture), TNC, IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute), the Water, Land and Ecosystems Program of CGIAR.

Assessing urban ecosystem services and promote nature-based solutions in urban planning in China using InVEST tools. 1 of 5 Chinese pilot cities. Partner: Chinese Academy of Sciences.
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Integrating natural capital valuation into spatial plans guiding development and conservation on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Partner: WWF
Assessing the impacts of coal mine expansion on drinking water quality regulation services and evaluate the potential to mitigate impacts to local communities through conservation and restoration. Partner: The Nature Conservancy.
Targeting conservation and restoration to maximize ecosystem services under climate change conditions, monitoring and evaluating the real benefits of these programs, and calculating return on investment. Partner: Agua por la Vida water fund.
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Working to provide analysis of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) programs across China, such as the Sloping Land Conversion Program (SLCP). This work is providing feedback to the Chinese government that will be used to calculate future subsidy payments to millions of rural families. Partners: X’ian Jiatong University, Chinese National Academy of Sciences.
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Exploring whether forest restoration benefits have the potential to significantly impact water management objectives when considering the complex realities of water management infrastructure and institutions. Partners: Stanford’s Water in the West, The Nature Conservancy, Placer County Water Agency, Blue Forest Conservation
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Evaluated InVEST's pollinator model in an urban area and used it to assess pollinator habitat under scenarios of change in turf grass management.

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