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Our Core Partners

NatCap is a partnership of four world-class academic institutions – Stanford University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of Minnesota, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre – advancing new science together with, inspired by, and implemented through two of the world’s largest NGOs, The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund.

At Stanford, our primary university homes are the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Department of Biology, while our collaborations engage faculty and students across all schools. At the Chinese Academy of Sciences, our primary home is the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences. At the University of Minnesota, our primary home is the Institute on the Environment. We work with other key collaborators so that our science directly informs decisions.

Uniquely positioned as neither an academic institution nor an NGO, we inhabit the space between the two to deliver top-notch science and tools to bring the value of natural capital into real-world decisions.


  • Research Center for Eco-Environmental Science

  • The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics

    Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

    Stockholm University

  • TNC-Carribean

    TNC Brazil

    TNC California

    TNC Colombia

    TNC Latin America Region

    TNC Global Marine Program

    TNC Latin America Region

    TNC Latin America Region

    TNC Mexico and Northern Central America

    TNC- Central Science





    TNC, Bahamas National Trust (Gov of bahamas)

  • Institute on the Environment

    Department of Applied Economics

  • WWF – Care Alliance

    WWF – Coastal East Africa

    WWF - Belize

    WWF - Bhutan

    WWF - Cambodia









    WWF-US Latin America and Caribbean Program

Network Collaborators

In addition to working with our core partners, we collaborate with governments, corporations, universities, and other non-profit organizations to co-lead "use cases," integrate ecosystem services approaches into major natural resource decisions, and improve the state of biodiversity and human well-being by motivating greater and more cost-effective investments in both. 

Currently, we are significantly growing partnerships with academic collaborators for science innovation including the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the University of Washington, the University of Vermont, and Xi’an Jaiotong University. 

  • Teresa Beck, former board chair of The Nature Conservancy

    Hal Mooney, Professor of Environmental Biology, Stanford University

    Peter Kareiva, Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA and co-founder of the Natural Capital Project

    Victor Parker, Managing Director, Spectrum Equity

    Taylor Ricketts, Professor and Director of Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont and co-founder of the Natural Capital Project

  • Agua por la Vida (Cauca Valley, Colombia)

    American Wind Wildlife Institute

    Aquafondo (Lima, Peru)

    ARCOS Network

    Bahamas Reef Environment and Education Fund

    Barbados Coastal Zone Management Unit

    Bard College

    Bay Area Conservation and Development Commission

    Bay Area Regional Collaborative

    Belize Coastal Zone Management Authority and Insititute

    Bioversity International

    Bogota Water Funds

    California Coastal Commission

    Camboriú (Balneario Camboriú, Brazil)

    Cary Institute


    Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University

    Centro De Investigacion De La Caña De Azucar (CENICAÑA)


    Chinese National Academy of Sciences

    Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences






    Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul

    Clark Labs

    Clean Water Council

    Coca-Cola Company



    Department of Defense

    Dept. of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management

    Dow Chemical

    Downstream Strategies

    Dupont Pioneer


    Extrema (São Paulo, Brazil)

    FEMSA Foundation

    FONAG (Quito, Ecuador)



    Government of Myanmar

    Guandu (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

    Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont

    Hainan Research Academy of Environmental Sciences

    Healthy Reefs

    Himachal-Pradesh Department of Forests

    Himachal-Pradesh Energy Directorate


    Industrial Economics, Incorporated

    INECOL (Veracruz, Mexico).

    Institute for Population and Development Studies

    Inter-American Development Bank

    Iowa DNR


    IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa region (IUCN-ESARO; Malawi)

    IUCN Mexico Central America and the Caribbean region (IUCN-ORMACC; Costa Rica, El Salvador)

    IUCN South America region (IUCN-SUR; Brazil-Espirito Santo)

    IUCN-Washington DC

    IWMI (International Water Management Institute)

    Kamehameha Schools


    Kings College London

    Latin America Conservation Council

    Latin American Water Funds Partnership

    LCCMR – legislative citizen commission on MN resources

    Leg-Citizen Council on Minnesota Resources

    Marin County

    Mass Audubon

    McKnight Foundation

    Medellin Water Fund

    Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation

    Minnesota Blue Cross Blue Shield

    Minnesota Dept of Health

    Monterey County

    Natural Capital Singapore (National University of Singapore and ETH Zurich)

    Nepal Electricity Authority

    Northeast Fisheries Science Center

    Northern Rangelands Trust

    Office of the Prime Minister, The Bahamas

    Oyu Tolgoi

    Pakistan Forest Department

    Pakistan Ministry of Agriculture

    Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority

    Perry Institute.

    Point Blue Conservation Science

    Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences

    Rice University

    Royal University of Phnom Penh

    Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation

    San Francisco Estuary Institute

    San Mateo County

    Santa Cruz County

    SC3 group (Sonoma, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz County Agencies, including Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, Santa Clara Valley Water District)

    SEV Consulting Group

    SNV World

    Sonoma County

    SSPEED Center

    Sustainability Science Program

    The Catalan Institute for Water Research

    The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity

    The Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    The Project for Ecosystem Services

    Trust for Public Land

    UC Berkeley

    UC Santa Cruz

    UCross Ranch

    Unilever (Safety & Environmental Assurance Centre)

    United States Golf Association

    Universidade Eduardo Mondlane

    University of Illinois

    University of Rhode Island

    University of Texas

    University of The Bahamas

    University of Washington

    Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund

    Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund Steering Committee

    US Department of Agriculture

    US Fish and Wildlife Service

    US Forest Service

    US Golf Association

    Washington State University

    Water in the West

    Wildlife Conservation Society

    World Agroforestry Center

    World Bank

    X’ian Jiatong University