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