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



NatCap launched InVEST 3.0!

InVEST 3.0.0 is the first version of InVEST with standalone versions for all but one of our 16 ecosystem service models and analysis tools. This major milestone lowers a number of critical barriers to using InVEST. The standalone tools contain major performance updates, some science updates, and a host of additional usability features not found in the old ArcGIS based versions.

Download InVEST 3.0.0


NatCap's Free Online Course

We are proud to announce the launch of our first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), NCP-101: An Introduction to the Natural Capital Project Approach. NCP101 is now open for enrollment, and the course materials are live. This course introduces the approach we have developed-and honed in our engagements around the world-to bring information about nature's values into decisions. It uses specific examples to illustrate how the approach has worked in Belize and Colombia and highlights key methods and tools used in implementation.

Register for NCP101


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


UN recognition for disaster resilience apps

Esri Global Disaster Resilience App Challenge winners were announced at the 2014 UN Climate Summit. The Nature Conservancy, in collaboration with NatCap, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the U.S. Geological Survey, won the Professional/Scientific category for the Coastal Defence app. NatCap's Coastal Protection Model was a basis for the app.

Read the press release from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Learn more about the Coastal Defence app


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


Need help with InVEST or RIOS?

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