InVEST output map of the Amazon basin

Natural Capital = Earth's lands, waters and their biodiversity

Ecosystem Services = The stream of vital benefits flowing from natural capital to people

InVEST is the leading tool for incorporating natural capital into decisions



A New Tool for Mitigating Development Impacts

NatCap's latest free and open-source software tool, OPAL, can help countries around the world more efficiently assess the impacts of development projects, and plan mitigations that benefit communities equitably. OPAL is especially useful for conducting rapid assessments of multiple development projects and offset options.

Learn more about OPAL and download the tool

Natural Capital Project Awarded Google Impact Grant

The Natural Capital Project aims to ensure that decision-makers anywhere in the world have the information they need to account for the value of nature when planning for the future.

In support of our work, we are excited to announce a $1.8 million Google Impact grant.

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Affecting change on the ground: an interview with Anne Guerry of the Natural Capital Project

NatCap Chief Strategy Officer and Lead Scientist Anne Guerry sits down to talk bridging the gap between science and practice.

Read the article in Leopold Leadership 3.0

Stanford collaboration helps governments offset damage caused by development projects

OPAL, a new software tool by NatCap, provides more effective accounting of the ecological impacts from development projects.

Read the article in Stanford Report

Natural Capital Symposium Registration Now Open

We have just opened registration for the Natural Capital Symposium, which will take place March 23-25, 2015 on Stanford's campus. Our intention is to continue fostering and supporting the community of practice using natural capital understanding to inform decisions. There will be multiple tracks during our three-day event, focusing on our approach, our science and tools, and the challenges ecosystem services practitioners face in engaging with decision-makers, stakeholders, and the public at large.

Learn more about the Natural Capital Symposium and register


A Tool for Watershed Services

Resource Investment Optimization System (RIOS) is a free and open source software tool that supports the design of cost-effective investments in watershed services. RIOS provides a standardized, science-based approach to watershed management. It combines biophysical, social, and economic data to help users identify the best locations for protection and restoration activities in order to maximize the ecological return on investment, within the bounds of what is socially and politically feasible.

Learn more about RIOS and download the tool


Need help with InVEST, RIOS or OPAL?

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