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Group at UW shows how to account for nature’s benefits in decisions

Published on June 26, 2015

The Natural Capital Project is working to understand how people value nature and the services it provides, to better inform decision makers and promote smarter decisions for both the planet and the economy. The project began from a partnership between Stanford University and the University of Minnesota following the UN’s Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

The Organization’s UW office is lead by Anne Guerry, chief strategy officer and lead scientist, and managing director Mary Ruckelshaus, a UW affiliate professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Guerry is the lead author of a paper that appeared last week in a special feature of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that shows the impact of factoring nature into decisions. The group has also created online software, open-source tools and an online course that researchers and decision-makers can adapt and use to map, model and assign value to a number of benefits provided by nature to people. The team hopes to continue to grow as a resource and partner for the UW community. Natural Capital Project Website > Project Toolbox >

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