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Waterfunds are multiplying across Latin America, celebrated in Bogota

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Natural Capital Project partners at The Nature Conservancy are helping governments, communities and companies design dozens of new water funds across Latin America. The method for bringing people together is attracting interest worldwide. Adrian Vogl reports from Colombia.

EVENT: Sept 1-10: Attending IUCN World Conservation Congress?

Join us for Happy Hour Sept. 2 or attend any of several talks where NatCappers (and partners) share stories from the past, present and a projected busy

Ndakaini reservoir, an important part of the Upper-Tana Nairobi Water Fund in Kenya. Photo by Stacie Wolny.

future of using natural capital information to influence decisions. Follow this link for more information.

TOOLS: Standard Mitigation Practices Create Inequity, Study Shows. NatCap Tools Can Help
Infrastructure projects often disturb ecosystem services for local people, by degrading clean water, for example. OPAL offers project planners a way to design mitigation so that people retain services, or are fairly compensated when mitigation offsets happen elsewhere. Credit: Hoach Le Dinh / Unsplash

Infrastructure projects often disturb ecosystem services for local people, by degrading clean water, for example. OPAL offers project planners a way to design mitigation so that people retain services, or are fairly compensated when mitigation offsets happen elsewhere. Credit: Hoach Le Dinh / Unsplash

NEWS: Smithsonian features NatCap

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The Smithsonian profiles NatCap this month, showing how we’ve evolved over the last ten years. “What we wanted to do,” [said NatCap co-founder Gretchen Daily], “was shine a light in a really rigorous, transparent, standardized way on the connection between people and nature.” The article highlights the proliferation of water funds across Latin America, as well as China’s first natural capital assessment, using NatCap software to measure improvements in ecosystem services after investing billions to restore forests and grasslands.

RESEARCH: China's environmental policies making a difference, NatCap scientists in Science mag
(c)Stacie Wolny

(c)Stacie Wolny

A series of ambitious environmental policies that led to a $150 billion investment in natural capital are improving services provided by China’s ecosystems, such as flood control and sand storm mitigation, according to research conducted by an international team of scientists including NatCap co-founders Gretchen Daily and Steve Polasky. Results show that these efforts, guided in part by NatCap software tools, are yielding benefits. Click here to learn more.