How do we know it works?

We work with decision makers to identify questions and develop new science and tools to answer those questions. We test and publish results in peer-reviewed journals (see our library), publish free, downloadable tools to an open-source software platform, and build capacity through education and outreach.


The government of Belize worked with NatCap to design a coastal management plan that facilitates sustainable use of the environment, benefiting Belizeans and the global community. Together we addressed questions such as: ‘Where might coastal development increase tourism revenue without losing mangroves and other “green infrastructure” that protect the coast from storms?’ Now other countries are using this same approach to develop sustainable coastal development plans.


Water funds are finance mechanisms for connecting downstream water users to upstream land stewards, and are being used throughout Latin America and beyond. NatCap has created guidance, tools and a monitoring program to help water fund groups figure out where and how much to invest in which activities, and how to track results for water supplies and people.


To restore erosion control and secure clean water, the Chinese government is limiting development in nearly half (49%) of the country, has launched the largest program in the world to pay people for conservation activities, and is laying groundwork for establishing a green GDP. Over 3000 scientists at the National Academy of Sciences in China are using InVEST software to identify ecologically sensitive areas nationwide.

Where we work

We test and refine our approaches to including natural capital information in decisions around the world. ¬†Each pin on this map indicates a place we have worked with partners to find solutions in a distinct decision context–spatial planning, payment for ecosystem services (PES), development impacts and permitting, restoration planning, corporate risk management, and climate adaptation planning. ¬†More information about each of these projects can be found by searching our library.

Our library

Our searchable library will help you find peer-reviewed publications by NatCap authors (including books and book chapters), white papers and brochures that describe our work in particular places and/or on particular themes, and an archive of all of our newsletters. Use your own search terms or filter by category.