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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 Caete Basin in Peru and the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor region of Tanzania.
Project partners include NatCap at Stanford and University of Minnesota; Belizean government: Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI) and Belize's National Climate Change Office; WWF-Belize, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Pew Charitable Trusts, Silvestrum Climate Associates.
The Biosphere Futures project - 1949 Plymouth Wiring Diagram - offers an online database of scenario planning case studies from all over the world. The overarching aim is to support sustainable development of the Biosphere.
Exploring how nature-based solutions might be added to sea-level rise adaptation strategies in the Bay Area.
 
Project Category: Sustainable, Livable Cities
Working to use climate scenarios and ecosystem service modeling to identify and implement adaptation strategies in marine protected area and coastal zone management. Partners:  Stanford University, WWF-US, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Belize.
Evaluated various scenarios of shade-grown coffee implementation throughout Costa Rica’s agricultural sector to quantify potential improvement in carbon storage, pollinator abundance, crop yield, sedimentation, and water quality, and to improve traceability and sustainability of shade-grown coffee in the sector.
This 18-month project employs NatCap's well-tested participatory process to build support for a more sustainable development pathway by co-producing knowledge of ecosystem services and the benefits they bring to communities in collaboration with scientists, policy experts, and leaders in the Llanos de Moxos region in Beni, Bolivia.
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. Partners:  Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy.
Assessed role of coastal ecosystems in reducing risk from coastal hazards along Caribbean coast of Colombia. Partners: Stanford University, TNC.   Collaborator:   Fulbright Nexus Program.
Project Category: Resilient Coastal Communities
Incorporating natural capital in climate adaptation planning in Monterey, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, and Marin Counties.
Project Category: Resilient Coastal Communities
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.
Project Category: Resilient Coastal Communities
Incorporated ecosystem services into coastal zone planning. Collaborators: Inter-American Development Bank, the consulting firm Downstream Strategies, Barbados Coastal Zone Management Unit.
Developed a tool to help governments and nonprofits in Minnesota integrate an ecosystem services approach into the prioritization of conservation easement acquisitions with metrics that go beyond widely used habitat quality metrics to enable targeting multiple benefits relevant to human well-being.
Conserving Nepal's Rivers through strategic trade-off analyses. Partners: WWF International, WWF Nepal, NatCap. Collaborator: Lawrence Berkeley Labs.
Project Category: Secure Freshwater
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.
Unilever is serious about its commitment to producing more sustainable products, growing production while reducing its negative impacts on greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, and other benefits from ecosystems.
Project Category: Standards For Private Sector
Helped to create a spatial plan for the Primeras et Segundas marine reserve, as well as to integrate natural capital in its national planning system and national accounts, highlighted as one of its strategic objectives in the country's five year national development plan.
We are working with the De Leo lab at Stanford University to develop an easy-to-use tool for quantifying and mapping schistosomiasis risk associated with dam construction and reservoir management. While our research is centered in Senegal, it has impact potential wherever schistosomiasis is found. Funding: NSF EEID
Created a customized decision support software tool (MAFE-T) to account for ecosystem services and terrestrial biodiversity when assessing development impacts and designing offsets, supporting fulfillment of Colombia's national compensatory mitigation policy. Partners: Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy.
Worked to integrate ecosystem service models for coastal habitats into an optimization framework to understand where proposed restoration and conservation projects related to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill would achieve multiple recreation and coastal risk reduction goals. Partners: The Nature Conservancy, Stanford.

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