Photo Credit: Stacie Wolny / Natural Capital Project
The Power of Community
By Gretchen Daily
With the energy from the 2018 Symposium still fresh, I'd like to pause for a moment to appreciate our ever more amazing, diverse, and powerful community. About 400 participants from 40 countries joined us this year, and it was deeply inspiring to feel all the innovation and collaboration that we are driving together.
NatCap Partners with Chinese Academy of Sciences
By Rob Jordan


Imagine if a country mobilized tens of thousands of people to reforest an area the size of Ireland within a year. This and other seemingly incomprehensible scenarios are a reality in China. A massively ambitious effort to become "the ecological civilization of the 21st Century" has driven the Middle Kingdom to commit more than a trillion dollars to environmental investments, limit development on nearly half of its total land area and pay 200 million people to restore landscapes, change farming practices or move out of sensitive areas.


Read more about how the Natural Capital Project's newest partner, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, is at the forefront of green growth in China.

Using Social Media to Understand Urban Parks
By Julie Hanus


City planners and park managers traditionally have had to rely on costly, time-consuming methods such as surveys to gather answers to these types of questions. Researchers from the Natural Capital Project have a solution: They're using social media to uncover patterns of urban park use.


The researchers showed that social media can not only serve as a valid measure of park visitation, but also be used to uncover insights into which factors predict urban park visitation. Read more.

Looking at Land Use Decisions Through Multiple Lenses
By Sarah Cafasso


The Hawaiian word for land, ʻāina, literally translates to "that which feeds." 'Āina invokes a deep cultural kinship between people and place in Hawai'i, a value made abundantly clear to a team of researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and The Natural Capital Project, assessing how climate change and different kinds of local values could be incorporated into land-use decision making in North Kona on Hawaiʻi's Big Island.


Read more.

Wise Words from the NatCap Symposium

"Ecosystem health is connected to human well-being. If you can illuminate those connections, you can transform policies."
Mary Ruckelshaus
Managing Director, Natural Capital Project
"Government policy is by far the most important tool we have. Effective, creative, and innovative government policy will be the most important tool to promote private investment flows to our work. What we conservationists need to do is emphasize and push for more policies that intentionally drive investments in nature."
Mark Tercek
CEO and President of The Nature Conservancy
"Make no mistake, the challenges are incredibly daunting. However, we are all here together because we feel it's really important for us to tackle those challenges. Civil society and governments need science...and we have strong evidence that science can actually help drive change...there is no better time than now: it's time to up the ante."
Jane Lubchenco
University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University
Recent Press & Publications

Mozambique: The value of nature, from the frontlines
By Jill Schwartz.
WWF. January 31st, 2018

Improved trade-offs of hydropower and sand connectivity by strategic dam planning in the Mekong
Schmitt, R.J.P., S. Bizzi, A. Castelletti & G.M. Kondolf.
Nature Sustainability 1:96-104. February 9, 2018. doi:10.1038/s41893-018-0022-3

Investing in Natural and Nature-Based Infrastructure: Building Better Along Our Coasts
Ariana E. Sutton-Grier, Rachel K. Gittman, Katie K. Arkema, Richard O. Bennett, Jeff Benoit, Seth Blitch, Kelly A. Burks-Copes, Allison Colden, Alyssa Dausman, Bryan M. DeAngelis, A. Randall Hughes, Steven B. Scyphers and Jonathan H. Grabowski.
Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 523. February 15, 2018. doi:10.3390/su10020523

An Integrative Approach to Protecting Minnesota's Drinking Water
By Orli Handmaker.
Institute on the Environment.February 2018.

Using social media to understand drivers of urban park visitation in the Twin Cities, MN
Donahue, Marie L., Bonnie L. Keeler, Spencer A. Wood, David M. Fisher, Zoé A. Hamstead, Timon McPhearson.
Landscape and Urban Planning. Volume 175. March19 2018. doi:10.1016/j.landurbplan.2018.02.006

Bringing multiple values to the table: assessing future land-use and climate change in North Kona, Hawaiʻi
Bremer, L. L., L. Mandle, C. Trauernicht, P. Pascua, H. L. McMillen, K. Burnett, C. A. Wada, N. Kurashima, S. A. Quazi, T. Giambelluca, P. Chock and T. Ticktin.
Ecology and Society 23 (1):33. March 2018. doi:10.5751/ES-09936-230133.

Development and evaluation of a new index to assess hydrologic regulating service at sub-watershed scale
Ruonan Li, HuaZheng, SunyunLv, Wenting Liao, FeiLu.
Ecological Indicators . March 2018. Vol. 86: 9-17,

Mapping ecosystem service bundles to detect distinct types of multifunctionality within the diverse landscape of the Yangtze River Basin, China
Lingqiao Kong, Hua Zheng, Yi Xiao, Zhiyun Ouyang, Cong Li, Jingjing Zhang, Binbin Huang.
Sustainability . 18 March 2018. Vol. 10 (3): 857, doi: 10.3390/su10030857.

Rio Tinto, NASA and Mongolian goats: a most unlikely fashion story
By Marion Hume
AFR Magazine. April 4, 2018.

Evaluating indirect and direct effects of eco-restoration policy on soil conservation service in Yangtze River Basin
Lingqiao Kong, Hua Zheng, Enming Rao, Yi Xiao, Zhiyun Ouyang, Cong Li.
Science of The Total Environment . 1 August 2018. Vol. 631-632: 887-894,

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