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'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.

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Why Conservation Should Embrace a Diversity of People & Values

Heather Tallis, Lead Scientist at our partner The Nature Conservancy, and 239 co-authors including NatCappers call for inclusive conservation.

Read the article in Cool Green Science
Read the comment in the journal Nature


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


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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