June 2019
Kate Brauman and Steve Polasky reflect on the new IPBES Global Assessment and next steps following #IPBES7
NatCap University of Minnesota scientists Kate Brauman and Steve Polasky are coordinating lead authors on the Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) . We sat down with them to discuss natural capital science and practice through the lens of this new assessment.
"Nature in Crisis: Biodiversity Loss and its Causes"

Wa tch Dr. Kate Brauman ( UMN Institute on the Environmen t ) and Sir Bob Watson testify today to the US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on the IPBES Global Assessment.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
10 AM EDT

The Natural Capital Project partnered with a non-profit conservation group, a luxury clothing brand, and a mining company to support a shared vision for healthy rangelands and sustainable livelihoods in Mongolia's Gobi Desert.

Watch the video:
"It's not an option, it's a must." The president described a vision for his country to become an ethical example to the global community through decarbonization. 
The key to saving the planet’s tropical rivers lies in investing in renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind power rather than building large hydropower dams
Expanding monoculture threatens valuable services from land, such as flood control, water purification and climate stabilization. A new approach promises to protect these benefits.
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Natural Capital Symposium 2020

March 16-18
at Stanford University
Thursday, March 19th will be comprised of invitation-only working groups

Did you miss the Symposium this year? Check out our wrap-up webpage for all the highlights.
New release:

Faster and more reliable, including completely rebuilt Habitat Risk Assessment and Coastal Vulnerability models!

Available for download for Mac/Windows here and Python here .
Recent Press and Publications

Costa Rican President Speaks at Stanford. By Sarah Cafasso. March 14, 2019.



The Ecology and Economy of our Lakes. March 14, 2019. Wisconsin Public Radio.


Farming for natural profits in China. By Sarah Cafasso. April 1, 2019.

How AI Might be Used to Battle Wildfires. By Jim Carlton. April 1, 2019.


10 Orgs Highlighting the True Cost of Food. By Kirby Barth. April 2019.


Vollum Award Goes to Ecologist. By Anna Mann. April 11, 2019.

Intercropping boots income, environment in island province. By Paul Welitzkin. China Daily Global. April 22, 2019.



Using Nature to Tackle Water Infrastructure Challenges: Frontiers of Green Infrastructure Research at Stanford. By Bea Gordon, Kim Quesnel, Perrine Hamel, Jordy Wolfand. Water in the West Insights. May 2, 2019.


Nature crisis: Humans 'threaten 1m species with extinction' By Matt McGrath. BBC News. May 6, 2019


UN Report: 1 Million Species Face Extinction Due to Humans. By Genevieve Scarano. Geek.com. May 6, 2019.

Realizing the values of natural capital for inclusive, sustainable development: Informing China’s new ecological development strategy. Hua Zheng, Lijuan Wang, Wenjia Peng, Cuiping Zhang, Cong Li, Brian E. Robinson, Xiaochen Wu, Lingqiao Kong, Ruonan Li, Yi Xiao, Weihua Xu, Zhiyun Ouyang, and Gretchen C. Daily. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2019. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1819501116

approaches. Hua Zheng, Lijuan Wang, Tong Wu. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2019, 82: 103-112. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1001074219303481


Relational values in evaluations of upstream social outcomes of watershed Payment for Ecosystem Services: a review. Bremer LL, KA Brauman, S Nelson, K Meza Prado, ACO Fiorini, E Wilburn. 2018. Current Opinion in Environment and Sustainability. 35: 116-123.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2018.10.024


Private Benefits of Conservation and Procurement Auction Performance. Conte, M.N. & Griffin, R. Environ Resource Econ (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-019-00333-y

Voluntary sustainability standards could significantly reduce global impacts of global agriculture. Smith, WK, E Nelson, JA Johnson, S Polasky, JC Milder, JS Gerber, PC West, S Siebert, KA Brauman, KM Carlson, M Arbuthnot, JP Rozza, DN Pennington. 2019. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1707812116

Ramirez-Reyes, KA Brauman*, R Chaplin-Kramer, GL Galford, SB Adamo, CB Anderson, C Anderson, GRH Allington, KJ Bagstad, MT Coe, AF Cord, LE. Dee, RK Gould, M Jain, VA Kowal, F Muller-Karger, J Norriss, P Potapov, J Qiu, JT Rieb, BE Robinson, LH Samberg, N Singh, SH Szeto, BVoigt, K Watson, and TM Wright. 2019. Science of the Total Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.02.150

Integrating fisheries management into sustainable development planning. Arkema K Rogers L Toft J Mesher A Wyatt K et. al. Ecology and Society 2019 vol: 24 (2) pp: art1 DOI: 10.5751/ES-10630-240201

The Geographic Spread and Preferences of Tourists Revealed by User-Generated Information on Jeju Island, South Korea. Fisher, D, SA Wood, Y-H Roh, C-K Kim. 2019. Land 8:73. https://doi.org/10.3390/land8050073

Sourcing native plants to support ecosystem function in different planting contexts. Kramer, A. T., B. Crane, J. Downing, J. L. Hamrick, K. Havens, A. Highland, S. K. Jacobi, T. N. Kaye, E.V. Lonsdorf, J. R. Neale, A. Novy, P. E. Smouse, D. W. Tallamy, A. White, and J. Zeldin. 2019. Restoration Ecology. 27:470–476.

The Value of US Urban Tree Cover for Reducing Heat-Related Health Impacts and Electricity Consumption. McDonald, R. I., Kroeger, T., Zhang, P., & Hamel, P. (2019). Ecosystems. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-019-00395-5
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