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



Networking Nature: How Technology Is Transforming Conservation

An excellent article on how new technologies are revolutionizing conservation and aiding efforts around the world, by our very own Dr. Jon Hoekstra.

Read the article by Jon Hoekstra in Foreign Affairs.


NatCap is Hiring!

NatCap is growing, and we have a number of open positions currently available including several positions for software engineers, an economist, an administrative assistant, and a communications internship.

View the position openings and apply


A New Tool for Watershed Services

NatCap's newest software, 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


Preserving nature isn't about aesthetics. It's about necessity.

An excellent article by our very own Dr. Jonathan Foley, winner of the 2014 Heinz Award in the Environment, on the Anthropocene and need to preserve our natural systems.

Read the article by Jonathan Foley in Ensia.