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Aligning economic forces with conservation
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The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) works to develop scientifically rigorous approaches to incorporate natural capital into decisions, create innovative software tools to model, map, and value nature's benefits to society, and engage influential leaders to advance change in policy and practice. We are a strategic partnership that combines leading environmental and social science research at Stanford University and the University of Minnesota, with the global reach of science and conservation projects at The Nature Conservancy and the World Wildlife Fund.


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"By taking pictures of the California coast during this year’s El Niño, you can capture a glimpse of what the future will be like as sea level rises and severe weather events driven by El Niño become more frequent in the area."
Take your phones & drones to the California coast now! Have fun — enjoy the beauty of the coast. You will capture incredible pictures and come back with a story of the future.
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"About 70 percent of the most important global crops require bees or other pollinators to set the fruit and vegetables we grow them for. That's worth billions, in the U.S. alone." 
- Taylor Ricketts, NatCap co-founder
AUSTIN, Texas - Wild bee populations in the U.S. are disappearing in many of the country's most important farmlands, including West Texas, California's Central Valley, and the Great Plains and California's Central Valley according to a national study led by the University of Vermont. Taylor Ricketts, professor and director, University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and the report's senior author, says continued losses cou...
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New study from The Natural Capital Project finds that scientists have been significantly over-estimating world forest carbon stocks. "This is the first predictive study of how exactly carbon storage changes with distance from forest edge. Such predictions can be used to inform how to manage these systems, and refocus priorities towards maintaining larger patches of forest."  -NatCap's Becky Chaplin-Kramer
Researchers with The Natural Capital Project show how fragmentation harms forests' ability to store carbon; more restoration is needed to reconnect forest patches.
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The Nature Conservancy has launched an app for watershed protection. The Watershed Conservation Screening Tool was developed by staff from TNC, NatCap, and Arizona State University.
How can municipal water utilities know where conservation will have the best results in improving water quality? We can now answer with confidence: There’s an app for that!
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WWF's Carter Roberts on getting it right in the Arctic and beyond
The pressures driving desires to develop the Arctic are not unfamiliar to us. We see them in these other magnificent places. Expedited transportation routes. New fossil fuel reserves. Robust new fisheries. But we need to ensure that the push to exploit these resources does not overrun efforts to conserve them. We need to keep in mind some guiding principles.
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We are excited to announce the 2016 Natural Capital Symposium will be taking place at Stanford University from March 21-24, 2016!

For more info & to register: https://natcap2016.wordpress.com/
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Early bird registration for the 2016 Natural Capital Symposium is coming up soon folks! Be sure to register by Fri, Jan 15th for a discounted price: https://natcap2016.wordpress.com/
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Need help making sense of ocean planning? Check out our site for ideas, case studies, links, and other goodies: http://msp.naturalcapitalproject.org
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Open position: Assistant Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

More info & to apply: http://ap.washington.edu/ahr/academic-jobs/position/aa15067/
The University of Washington's School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) invites applications for a full-time (9-month; 100% FTE) tenure-track Assistant Professor (0116) position to begin Autumn 2016. This position, with a focus on Forest Ecosystem Science and Services, ...
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"The science is clear: natural habitat can help protect coastal communities against erosion, sea-level rise and storms. But what does it take for communities to invest in these natural solutions?"
Why do some communities invest in nature-based solutions to coastal protection, and others do not? A new paper offers some surprising answers.
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When communities become involved in conservation, does wildlife protection really follow? Recent reports from northern Kenya provide hopeful evidence that the answer is yes.
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We're holding a 3-day training course on The Natural Capital Project approach and toolkit in Stellenbosch, South Africa, right after the 2015 Ecosystems Services Partnership World Conference, November 14th, 16th-17th. Attendance for Day One only or all three days is possible. Click below for more information or to register!
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