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Optimizing Forest & Landscape Restoration, Colombia (Cartagena, Medellín, Cali, Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cucuta)

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." Partner: International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN).

Payments for Ecosystem Services, Ankang City, China

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: Stanford University, Chinese National Academy of Sciences.  Collaborator:   X’ian Jiatong University.

Land-Use Decision Making & Water Quality, Narragansett Bay, RI, USA

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. Partners: Massachusetts Audubon, University of Rhode Island.


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