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Nature is priceless. So let's value it.


At The Natural Capital Project we work to understand how to value nature–and the services it provides–so that leaders of countries, companies, and communities can make smarter decisions for both the planet and their bottom lines.


Valuing natural capital can work for you.


Whether you’re in the business of crafting good policy or optimizing investments, valuing natural capital can help you accomplish your goals.

How do we know it works?

Dig into our work testing the benefits of natural capital valuation.


Learn more about our experiences co-developing science and putting it to work in the real world.



Browse our library of scientific research and other publications exploring lessons we are learning in applying natural capital approaches.



Explore recent stories about natural capital and how valuing it can change decisions.


Dive In.

Valuing natural capital can help you make decisions that are better for people and nature. We’ve learned a lot while working on the science of natural capital and using that knowledge to inform decisions. We’ve built some of that learning into free software and educational materials to help you value natural capital in the places and contexts that matter to you.

Try our tools, take one of our online courses, come to a training, get help on our online forum, collaborate with us, or come share your stories at one of our events.


What we’re up to.

Catch up on the latest news and events at The Natural Capital Project.

Stockholm Summit on Natural Capital

Together with esteemed colleagues and institutions in Stockholm (the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Beijer Institute of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and The Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Program of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences), we are convening the Stockholm Summit on Natural Capital, May 19-20.

Geneva Natural Capital Approach Training and InVEST Workshop

Our next training and workshop is in Geneva, Switzerland before the Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences. It will take place from July 2-5, 2015. For more information click here.

Our first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) with Stanford Online!

NCP101: An Introduction to the Natural Capital Approach, NatCap’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) with Stanford Online, has had over 2,000 registrants since opening in the fall of 2014. NCP101 is a free, self-guided course on using ecosystem services to inform decisions, based around case studies from projects in Colombia and Belize. Our second MOOC, NCP102, launches on May 18th. NCP102 is a sister course to NCP101, introducing similar material, but based around examples of land and resource management from our recent work at three US Department of Defense demonstration sites. To register for NCP102 click here.