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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. Published the analysis for these 6 cities as part of The Nature Conservancy's 2017 report titled "Beyond the Source: The environmental, economic, and community benefits of source water protection." Collaborators: International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN).

Assessing the regional planning implications of Ecosystem Function Conservation Area (EFCA) designations in Hainan Island, a high value biodiversity and ecosystem service provision area that is rich in rubber plantations critical for local livelihoods. Partners: Stanford University, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Working to prioritize investments in their new national Rewards for Environmental Services program, a financial incentives system aiming to improve rangeland management to promote freshwater services and livestock productivity. Collaborators: International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Cañete Basin stakeholders.

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Through the ClimateWIse project, we improve our understanding of how land use and climate change affect water resources in the northern Andes and in the Atlantic Forest Region of Brazil. Collaborators: water funds and water producer programs (Guandu, Extrema, and Camboriú in Brazil and AquaFondo, FONAG, and Agua Por la Vida y la Sostenibilidad in the Andes) with the aim to make the programs as effective and equitable as possible.

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Worked on the design and placement of restored Oyster Reefs in Mobile Bay. Partners: Stanford University, 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. Partners: Stanford University, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Through investments of more than US$150 billion in conservation and development initiatives since 2000, China has established the highest rate of reforestation worldwide, while alleviating poverty in rural inland regions.

Developing and applying decision support tool to help US federal and state agencies to better coordinate large-scale land management plans for the monarch butterfly.

Informing spatial planning in Kalimantan at island and district levels, motivating the designation of the Heart of Borneo as a Strategic National Area to protect environmental values, and generating funding for management of the area. Partners: Stanford University, WWF.

Conducting stakeholder engagement and modeling of land use decisions on surface and marine water quality. Project goals include estimating the recreational and non-use value impacts of future land use scenarios in a large watershed that crosses State boundaries and providing guidance to prioritize conservation activity. Collaborators: Massachusetts Audubon, University of Rhode Island.

Developing and testing a modeling approach to assess the flood mitigation service provided by natural ecosystems. Partners:  Stanford University,  WWF Myanmar, Stockholm Environmental Institute.  Collaborator:  Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative.

Learn about Myanmar's Natural Capital.

Worked to prioritize conservation and restoration activities in Escambia and Pensacola Counties to achieve multiple watershed and coastal objectives, including reduction in erosion and flooding, nitrogen and phosphorous retention, nature-based recreation, and near-shore fisheries. Partners:  Stanford University, 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. Partners: Stanford University, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Developing an ecosystem-based, sustainable management plan for a key biodiversity region in the west of Belize, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank, the Economic Development Council of the Government of Belize, the University of Belize, and local communities.

Worked to understand linkages between land and sea--specifically, how activities in coastal watersheds might impact the delivery of ecosystem services from marine systems. Partners: Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy.

Working to 1) target and value investments in natural capital and watershed management 2) to reduce excess sediment to the Mangla Reservoir 3) build capacity for ongoing assessment, monitoring, and targeting. Collaborators:  World Bank, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority, Forest Department, and Ministry of Agriculture.

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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. Partners: Stanford University,  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. Partners: Stanford University, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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