2017 Natural Capital Symposium

March 20-23 | Stanford University

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Welcome!

The 2017 Natural Capital Symposium will be a major convening of leaders in natural capital approaches around the world. We are coordinating with international and domestic groups focusing on natural capital approaches, to ensure that the growing community of practice around natural capital approaches continues to engage, learn, and adapt. Interactive sessions throughout the symposium will focus around five central themes:

  • Sustainable Development Planning
  • Securing Freshwater
  • Fostering Resilient Coastal Communities
  • Developing Sustainable Cities
  • Creating Standards for the Private Sector

Keynote Speakers

Carter Roberts

Carter Roberts

President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund

Carter Roberts is President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund in the United States. WWF, the world’s largest network of international conservation organizations, works across 100 countries and enjoys the support of 5 million members worldwide.

Roberts leads WWF’s efforts to save the world’s great ecosystems and address climate change by linking science, field and policy programs with an ambitious initiative to work with markets and businesses to lighten their impact on the planet. He has worked with communities and heads of state in North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia; and has built partnerships with some of the world’s largest corporations, including Walmart, Cargill and Mars to set new industry standards for resource efficiency.

Roberts earned his MBA from Harvard Business School following a BA from Princeton University, and subsequently held marketing management positions for Procter & Gamble and Gillette. He went on to lead international conservation and science programs for fifteen years at The Nature Conservancy before coming to WWF in 2004.

Roberts serves on the Boards of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy at Duke University and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College and the London School of Economics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Finance Corporation’s Advisory Panel on Sustainability and Business. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative chaired by the Secretary-General of the UN, and President Obama’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking.

Photo © Deb Lindsey/WWF-US

Mark Tercek

Mark Tercek

President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy

Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, the world’s largest conservation organization. He is the co-author of the Washington Post and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling book Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.

Before joining The Nature Conservancy in 2008, Mark was a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs where he worked for 24 years. Starting in 2005, he led the firm’s environmental strategy and its Environmental Markets Group. Inspired by the opportunity to help businesses, governments and environmental organizations work together in new, innovative ways, Mark left Goldman Sachs in 2008 to head up The Nature Conservancy.

He is a champion of the idea of natural capital — valuing nature for its own sake as well as for the services it provides for people, such as clean air and water, productive soils and a stable climate.

Photo © Dave Lauridsen

Featured Speakers

Please stay tuned as we continue to announce 2017’s featured speakers!

Howie Frumkin

Howie Frumkin

Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Services, University of Washington

Howard Frumkin is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he served as Dean until 2016. He is currently on sabbatical as a visiting research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist. Previously he directed the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2005-10) and a faculty member at Emory University (1990-2005).

Dr. Frumkin’s research interests include public health aspects of the built environment, climate change, energy policy, and nature contact. He serves on the steering committee of the Planetary Health Alliance and chairs the Wellcome Trust Our Planet, Our Health funding committee. A strong proponent of academic engagement with communities, his current and recent board service includes the Washington Global Health Alliance, the Bullitt Foundation, the Children and Nature Network, the Seattle Parks Foundation, and the U.S. Green Building Council. He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific journal articles and chapters, and his books include Urban Sprawl and Public Health (2004), Emerging Illness and Society (2004), Safe and Healthy School Environments (2006), Green Healthcare Institutions: Health, Environment, Economics (2007), Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability (2011) and Environmental Health: From Global to Local (Third Edition, 2016).

Dr. Frumkin was educated at Brown (A.B.), Penn (M.D.), and Harvard (M.P.H. and Dr.P.H.). He is an avid cyclist, paddler, and hiker. He is married to radiojournalist Joanne Silberner, and has two children: Gabe, an environmental campaign worker, and Amara, a medical student.

Kiran Jain

Kiran Jain

Chief Resilience Officer, City of Oakland

Kiran Jain is the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland and the founder of Civic Design Lab, an innovation space within City Hall.  She has experience in both the public and private sectors focused on urban innovation.  Ms. Jain served as Chief Strategy Officer for Neighborly, a venture-backed company modernizing public finance to build the infrastructure people rely on to work, live, and play.  Prior to Neighborly, Kiran served as a senior deputy city attorney for the City of Oakland focused on land use, urban redevelopment and municipal governance, where she pioneered a partnership between Kiva Zip and the City of Oakland to crowdfund local economic development.  She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Resilient by Design: Bay Area Challenge, which is harnessing the region’s innovative spirit to combat the threat of climate change and sea level rise.

From 2010 through 2013, Kiran served on the board of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, the nation’s first legal and civil rights organization serving low-income Asian Pacific American communities.  Kiran also served as the founding attorney for Kiva, a nonprofit microfinance platform with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiran has an A.B. in economics and minor in environmental science from Barnard College, a Master’s Degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University.

 

Zhiyun Ouyang

Zhiyun Ouyang

Deputy Director of Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Director of the State Key Lab of Urban and Regional Ecology

Professor Zhiyun Ouyang is Deputy Director of Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Director of the State Key Lab of Urban and Regional Ecology. In recent years, he has focused on promoting ecosystem service assessment and its policy applications in conservation, restoration and land management in China, serving major government initiatives to secure natural capital and human well-being.

Jennifer Roe

Jennifer Roe

Professor of Design and Health, and Director, Center for Design and Health, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

Jenny Roe is DeShong Professor of Design and Health and the Director of the Center for Design and Health, School of Architecture, University of Virginia (UVa).  She is an environmental psychologist and a specialist researcher in restorative environments. Her research targets hard-to-reach communities in order to quantify the health benefits of good neighborhood design and urban green space.  Current research includes a study of how our cities can be better designed to promote mobility in older people; a study exploring how interventions in urban woodlands can contribute to stress recovery in deprived communities; and a study exploring the effects of short-term tactical urban interventions on wellbeing.  Prior to her current career in academia, she was Principal Landscape Architect in a multi-disciplinary architectural practice in London called Sprunt specialising in social housing, educational and healthcare design.

Matilda van den Bosch

Matilda van den Bosch

Assistant Professor, Forest and Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia

Matilda has a medical background and has worked clinically as a physician in general practice and radiology. She has a PhD in landscape planning and public health. Since July 2016 she is an assistant professor at The University of British Columbia, Canada. She holds a shared affiliation between the faculty of medicine and faculty of Forestry.  In her research she explores how interactions with and exposure to natural environments and ecosystems can protect human health and how this displays in various populations across various socioeconomic conditions. She has published numerous scientific articles, book chapters, and policy reports, and is editor of the coming Oxford University press textbook on Nature and Public Health. Results from her studies may be used for healthier urban planning with improved conditions for both people and environment. Matilda works as a consultant for the World health Organization, the UN Environmental Programme, the Environmental Protection Agency of US, and the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau, Health Canada, and she is also president-elect of the International Society of Doctors for the Environment.

Nicola Virgill-Rolle

Nicola Virgill-Rolle

Director of National Development and Planning, Office of the Prime Minister, The Bahamas

Dr. Virgill-Rolle is the Director of National Development and Planning where she leads of team
of professionals with responsibility for strategic planning, including the National Development
Plan, an Ecosystem Services Master Plan for Andros and a Sustainable Master Plan for the City
of Nassau.
Prior to joining the Office of the Prime Minister she served as Director of Financial Services at
the Ministry of Financial Services with responsibility for surveillance, planning and response to
international and domestic initiatives which impact The Bahamas’ financial services industry;
business development and promotions activities; and improving the competitiveness of the
financial services sector in The Bahamas.
Dr. Virgill-Rolle also previously served as Economic Attaché in The Bahamas Embassy in
Washington D.C. and as an Alternate Representative for The Bahamas at The Bahamas
Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States. During her tenure at The Bahamas
Mission, she was an active member of OAS bodies related to economic development and
financial management. Dr. Virgill-Rolle was elected as Vice-Chair of the Working Group to
Strengthen the Council on Integral Development (CIDI) and its organs (2011-2012). Dr. Virgill-
Rolle also held elected positions as Vice Chair of the OAS’ Committee on Administrative and
Budgetary Affairs (CAAP) and as The Bahamas’ representative on the OAS’ Management Board
of the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD).
Prior to joining the staff of the Embassy in Washington, Dr. Virgill-Rolle held the position of
Deputy Manager (Policy) within the Bank Supervision Department of the Central Bank of The
Bahamas. Dr. Virgill-Rolle joined the Central Bank in April 1998.
Dr. Virgill-Rolle holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Public Policy from George Mason
University. She published several peer-reviewed book chapters and articles with special
emphasis on entrepreneurship, trade and development. Dr. Rolle also holds a Master of Science
Degree in Political Economy of Development from the University of London (SOAS) and a
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Vassar College and an Associate of Arts Degree in
Accounting from the College of The Bahamas.

She is married to John Rolle and they are the parents of two children.

Tony Wong

Tony Wong

Professor of Civil Engineering, Monash University, and Chief Executive, Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities

Tony Wong is Professor of Civil Engineering at Monash University and Chief Executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities with research hubs in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Singapore. Tony is internationally recognised for his research and practice in sustainable urban water management and water sensitive urban design. His expertise has been gained through consulting, research and academia. He provides strategic advice to governments and industry. And has led a large number of award-winning urban design projects in Australia and overseas. Tony was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2014. He was awarded the Australian Institution of Engineers 2010 Civil Engineer of the Year, cited as having defined “a new paradigm for design of urban environments that blends creativity with technical and scientific rigour”.

Symposium Schedule

For more details on individual sessions, click “see details” in the grid below. Click a date below to view the schedule for that day.

Approaches & Applications Pathways to Impact Learning Exchange
8:00 am – 8:30 am REGISTRATION
Lobby of Paul Brest Hall
8:30 am – 9:00 am Symposium Kick-Off
Paul Brest Hall
9:00 am – 9:20 am Partnership Welcome
Paul Brest Hall
9:20 am – 9:30 am Preview of the Rest of the Symposium
Paul Brest Hall
9:30 am – 10:45 am Plenary Session: What role for Nature in the transition towards Livable Cities?
Paul Brest Hall
10:45 am – 11:15 am BREAK
Rehnquist Courtyard
11:15 am – 12:45 pm Plenary Session: Sustainable Development
Paul Brest Hall
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm GROUP PHOTO
Rehnquist Courtyard
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm LUNCH
Rehnquist Courtyard
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm A1) Getting Started w/ a Natural Capital Approach (see details) Dept. of Education 128 Plenary Session: Psychological Ecosystem Services
Paul Brest Hall
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm BREAK
Rehnquist Courtyard
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm A1 cont’d) Getting Started (see details) Dept. of Education 128 P1) Coastal Resilience (see details) Paul Brest East L1) Lightning Talks (see details) Paul Brest West
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Poster Session / Happy Hour
Sponsored by Nature Sustainability
Rehnquist Courtyard

 

Approaches & Applications Pathways to Impact Learning Exchange
8:00 am – 8:50 am Coffeehouse Chat: “Opportunities and Barriers to Including Natural Capital Information in Development Planning”
Paul Brest East
8:00 am – 9:00 am REGISTRATION
Lobby of Paul Brest Hall
9:00 am – 10:30 am A2) Developing Scenarios (see details) J-S Hall Room 123 P2) Securing Freshwater (see details) Paul Brest East L2) Coastal Resilience (see details) Paul Brest West
10:30 am – 11:00 am BREAK
Rehnquist Courtyard
11:00 am – 12:30 pm A3) Integrated Forest Landscape Restoration with ROAM (see details) Paul Brest West P3) Community Dependence on Ecosystems: It’s All About the People (see details) Paul Brest East L3) Biodiversity (see details) J-S Classroom 123
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH
Rehnquist Courtyard
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Plenary Session: Platforms & Scaling
Paul Brest Hall
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm BREAK
Rehnquist Courtyard
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Keynote: Carter Roberts
Paul Brest Hall
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Reception for Carter Roberts
Rehnquist Courtyard
Approaches & Applications Pathways to Impact Learning Exchange
8:00 am – 8:50 am Coffeehouse Chat: Natural Capital Stories from Around the World
Paul Brest East
8:00 am – 9:00 am REGISTRATION
Lobby of Paul Brest Hall
9:00 am – 10:30 am A4) InVEST Applications (concurrent): a) Coastal Resilience, b) Hydrology (see details) a) J-S Classroom 123, b) Dept. of Education 313 P4) Case Studies in Pathways to Impact Across Scales (see details) Paul Brest East L4) Implementing InVEST in New Contexts (see details) Paul Brest West
10:30 am – 11:00 am BREAK
Rehnquist Courtyard
11:00 am – 12:30 pm A4) InVEST Applications (concurrent): a) Coastal Resilience, b) Hydrology (see details) a) J-S Classroom 123, b) Dept. of Education 313 P5) Climate Change (see details) Paul Brest East L5) New Frontiers: Methods, Models, and Tools (see details) Paul Brest West
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm LUNCH
Rehnquist Courtyard
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm A5) New Frontiers: Communications & Capacity Building (see details) Paul Brest West P6) Private Financing for Sustainable Development (see details) Paul Brest East L6) Scenarios v. Stakeholder Engagement (w/ SRC) (see details) J-S Classroom 123
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm BREAK
Rehnquist Courtyard
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Keynote: Mark Tercek, “What Conservation Needs from Science”
Paul Brest Hall
5:00 pm – 5:10 pm Reflections with NatCap Leadership
Paul Brest Hall
5:10 pm – 6:30 pm Reception for Mark Tercek
Paul Brest Hall

Day 4 (March 23, 2017)

The fourth day of the Natural Capital Symposium is dedicated to the meetings of various working groups, as well as open project-support time with a rotating cast of NatCap staff members. THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL WORKSHOPS AND WORKING GROUPS ANNOUNCED ON A ROLLING BASIS. Many of these sessions have separate RSVPs, as headcounts for each are limited. Please check each session description for a link to register (at no additional cost). Please see the “Collaborate” section of this website for the list of workshops and working groups.

The Natural Capital Symposium takes place across three simultaneous tracks.

The Natural Capital Symposium runs a full program of sessions from Monday-Wednesday. Thursday has a more flexible schedule, which includes working groups and additional training sessions. The full program is split across three simultaneous “tracks.” We expect to release a draft schedule in the coming months. Attendees are encouraged to pick and choose which sessions they would like to attend, across all three tracks. Additional information about each track, as well as the Poster Session and Working Groups Day can be found below.

Plenaries & Keynotes

K1) Partnership Welcome

Monday, March 20, 9:00am – 9:20am
Location: Paul Brest Hall

Natural Capital Project leadership welcomes attendees and kicks-off the Symposium.


K2) Plenary Session: What role for Nature in the transition towards Livable Cities?

Monday, March 20, 9:30am – 10:45am
Location: Paul Brest Hall

Abstract: Resilient cities are key elements of a safe and healthy future for the planet. Last year, the UN adopted the New Urban Agenda, highlighting new ways for society to build, manage, and live in cities. As the public and private sectors devote increasing resources to building resilient cities, how can the ecosystem services community contribute to the effort? In this session, thought leaders in the space of urban development will share their experience and provide insights into the role of Nature in the transition towards Livable Cities.

Moderators:

  • Lynn Scarlett, Global Managing Director for Public Policy, The Nature Conservancy
  • Claire Bonham-Carter, Director of Sustainable Development, AECOM

Featured Speakers:

  • Kiran Jain, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Oakland
  • Tony Wong, Chief Executive, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Australia

K3) Plenary: Sustainable Development

Monday, March 20, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Paul Brest Hall

Abstract: We are learning that countries need to consider natural capital at the highest level of development policy and planning because this is one of the most powerful levers for impact. National development policies and plans influence a country’s long-term development trajectory, steering sectors like infrastructure, agriculture and energy. For infrastructure alone, $90 trillion of investment is estimated to be needed by 2030 to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and the economic ambitions of the world. Given this, the next 20 years are going to be decisive in determining the global trajectory.

In this session, we will hear powerful regional models for this change globally. Representatives from The Bahamas, Bhutan, China, and Nepal will share inspirational stories of how senior political leaders and ministries of finance, economy, and planning are recognizing this need. We will hear their aspirations and achievements in considering natural capital in the development policies, plans, and priorities of their countries to achieve better outcomes for people and nature.

Featured Speakers:

  • Ugan Manandhar, Deputy Director, Climate Change, Freshwater and Energy, WWF-Nepal
    • “Natural Capital Valuation in Nepal: Opportunities and Challenges”
  • Nicola Virgill-Rolle, Director of Economic Development and Planning, Office of the Prime Minister, Bahamas
  • Zhiyun Ouyang, Professor and Deputy Director of the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology
    • “Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services into Decision-Making in China”
  • Kate Newman, Vice President for Public Sector Initiatives, WWF
    • “The Grand Challenge: Seeking Advances in Global Systemic Change. How can our cases become norms?”

K4) Psychological ecosystem services: the mental health benefits of nature experience

Monday, March 20, 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Paul Brest Hall

Abstract: The world is currently undergoing rates of urbanization that are unprecedented in human history. Concurrent with this trend is a marked decrease in the frequency of nature exposure for many urbanites. As humanity is increasingly concentrated in urban environments, it is necessary that we gain an empirical understanding of the human well-being repercussions resulting from this shift away from regular contact with natural environments. This session on mental health will be focused on the ways in which nature experience benefits various aspects of human cognitive function, mood, and emotion regulation. With this understanding, we can begin to envision the manner in which the psychological benefits of nature experience can be incorporated into the paradigm of ecosystem services. These results have implications for urban planning and public policy, and suggest that accessible natural areas may be a critical resource for mental health in our rapidly urbanizing world.

Moderator: Greg Bratman, Postdoctoral researcher, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University

Featured Speakers:

  • Howard Frumkin, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Washington
  • Jennifer Roe, Professor of Design and Health; Director of the Center for Design and Health, University of Virginia
  • Matilda Van Den Bosch, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
  • Greg Bratman, Postdoctoral researcher, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University

K5) Coffeehouse Chat: “Opportunities and barriers to development planning: finance and policy”

Tuesday, March 21, 8:00am – 8:50am
Location: Paul Brest East

Abstract: As we get warmed up and ready for the day’s sessions, special guests will take the stage for informal conversations about their work and visions for the future. As you arrive at the venue, pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and start the day with some (caffeine and) inspiration!

Featured Speakers:

  • Mark Zimsky, Sr., Biodiversity Specialist, The Global Environmental Facility

Over the last 27 years, Markzimsky-headshot has gathered worldwide experience developing national biodiversity strategies, designing biodiversity conservation projects for national, regional and global-level execution, and implementing sustainable agriculture, natural resources management, and conservation projects at the national and community level. He has practical experience in more than 36 countries across Latin America, Africa, and Asia designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating conservation programs and projects with a particular expertise in program strategy development and portfolio and results-based monitoring.

He has worked for a wide variety of institutions including UNDP, UNEP, the US Peace Corps, and NGOs such as Ecology Action of the Mid-peninsula, and ACDI-VOCA. Currently, Mark leads the work of the Global Environmental Facility in biodiversity in his capacity as the Biodiversity Focal Area Coordinator.  In addition, he oversees all programming investments in biodiversity, climate change, sustainable land management, and chemicals and waste in Latin America as the Regional Coordinator for Latin America.

Mark received a Master of Forest Science Degree from the Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989.

  • Nicola Virgill-Rolle, Government Lead, National Development Plan, and Director of National Development and Planning, Office of the Prime Minister, The Bahamas

Dr. Virgill-Rolle is the Director of National Development and Planning where she leads of team of professionals with responsibility for strategic planning, including the National Development Plan, an Ecosystem Services Master Plan for Andros and a Sustainable Master Plan for the City of Nassau. Prior to joining the Office of the Prime Minister she served as Director of Financial Services at the Ministry of Financial Services with responsibility for surveillance, planning and response to international and domestic initiatives which impact The Bahamas’ financial services industry; business development and promotions activities; and improving the competitiveness of the financial services sector in The Bahamas.

Dr. Virgill-Rolle also previously served as Economic Attaché in The Bahamas Embassy in Washington D.C. and as an Alternate Representative for The Bahamas at The Bahamas Permanent Mission to the Organization of American States. During her tenure at The Bahamas Mission, she was an active member of OAS bodies related to economic development and financial management. Dr. Virgill-Rolle was elected as Vice-Chair of the Working Group to Strengthen the Council on Integral Development (CIDI) and its organs (2011-2012). Dr. Virgill-Rolle also held elected positions as Vice Chair of the OAS’ Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Affairs (CAAP) and as The Bahamas’ representative on the OAS’ Management Board of the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD).

Prior to joining the staff of the Embassy in Washington, Dr. Virgill-Rolle held the position of Deputy Manager (Policy) within the Bank Supervision Department of the Central Bank of The Bahamas. Dr. Virgill-Rolle joined the Central Bank in April 1998. Dr. Virgill-Rolle holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Public Policy from George Mason University. She published several peer-reviewed book chapters and articles with special emphasis on entrepreneurship, trade and development. Dr. Rolle also holds a Master of Science Degree in Political Economy of Development from the University of London (SOAS) and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Vassar College and an Associate of Arts Degree in Accounting from the College of The Bahamas. She is married to John Rolle and they are the parents of two children.

Moderator: David McCauley, Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs, WWF-US

David McCauley leads WWF’s work on domestic and international public policy and finance as well as ensuring coherence in its programs to address climate change. He joined WWF in early 2013 from the Asian Development Bank, where he oversaw its climate change investments totaling more than $3 billion annually. At WWF he manages engagement with public sector institutions in the US as well as relations with multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility and the Climate Investment Funds.

Dr. McCauley’s career has focused on bringing environmental sustainability to international economic development, including design of national environmental policies, brokering international resources management agreements, and guiding international assistance policies covering climate change, deforestation, air pollution, marine conservation and other issues. While at the Asian Development Bank he was active in organizing and leading regional programs to strengthen environmental and natural resources policy and management such as the Coral Triangle Initiative. At the International Resources Group, a leading US environmental consulting firm, he managed environmental policy programs in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Central Asia, Southern Africa and Egypt, serving as Asia-Pacific Region Director. He has worked for the US Agency for International Development in Indonesia and Washington, DC and began his career with the Ford Foundation and Harvard Institute for International Development working in Indonesia as an economist and environment specialist.

David’s undergraduate training is in the environmental sciences with a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Hawaii / East-West Center. He has held faculty or affiliate positions at the Environment and Policy Institute of the East-West Center in Honolulu, the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Peradeniya University in Sri Lanka, and Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and has published on environmental finance and policy in fields ranging from forest and coastal resources conservation to water pricing and transboundary river basin management.


K6) Scaling natural capital approaches

Tuesday, March 21, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Location: Paul Brest Hall

Abstract: This session will feature 3 very different ways in which natural capital approaches are transforming decisions at breathtaking scales. We will hear about how (i) national-scale development planning in China is changing policies and investments designed to safeguard human well-being; (ii) nature-based watershed payment schemes are spreading rapidly around the world; and (iii) NatCap’s open-source data and software platform is making analyses of natural capital values faster and easier. After short presentations by each speaker, Mary Ruckelshaus will moderate an open discussion with the audience about the opportunities and challenges facing our community of practice in the urgent need to scale uptake of natural capital information.

Moderator: Mary Ruckelshaus, Managing Director, Natural Capital Project

Featured Speakers:

  • Zhiyun Ouyang, Professor and Deputy Director of the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Urban and Regional Ecology, and Ma Qiang, Deputy Director, Department of Development Planning, National Development and Reform Commission
    • “China’s Dream: Becoming The Ecological Civilization of the 21st Century”
  • Silvia Benítez, Freshwater Manager, Water Security Team Latin America, The Nature Conservancy
  • Mary Ruckelshaus, Managing Director, Natural Capital Project, and Rich Sharp, Chief Software Architect, Natural Capital Project

K7) Keynote: Carter Roberts

Tuesday, March 21, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: Paul Brest Hall

Keynote address from Carter Roberts, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund


K8) Coffeehouse Chat: Natural Capital Stories from Around the World

Wednesday, March 22, 8:00am – 8:50am
Location: Paul Brest East

Abstract: Without solid facts and data, the natural capital movement won’t grow. But without stories, nobody will listen to the facts and data. Stories draw people in so they are inspired enough about an issue to care about the science behind it. Come hear five people within the movement, from as far away as Nepal and as close as the United States, tell stories about their experiences in the field—and hopefully inspire you to think about what stories you can tell to advance your natural capital project when you get home.

Moderator: Jill Schwartz, Senior Director, Communications, WWF-US

  • Hua Zheng, State Key Lab of Urban and Regional Ecology Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences,Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Hilary Papendick, Climate Change Program Manager, San Mateo County, Office of Sustainability
  • Nicola Virgill-Rolle, Director of Economic Development and Planning, Office of the Prime Minister, Bahamas
  • Eoin Sinnott, Director, Valuing Nature Initiative, WWF-US
  • Ugan Manandhar, Deputy Director, Climate Change, Freshwater and Energy, WWF-Nepal

K9) Keynote: Mark Tercek

Wednesday, March 22, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Paul Brest Hall

Keynote address from Mark Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy, entitled:

“What Conservation Needs from Science”


K10) Reflections

Wednesday, March 22, 5:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: Paul Brest Hall

Natural Capital Project leadership reflects on the past three days of our gathering and looks forward to working groups and other events tomorrow and beyond.

Pathways to Impact

P2IThe Pathways to Impact track highlights engagements where ecosystem services (ES) information has had an impact on a decision, a stakeholder process, or an outcome. This track focuses on work that addresses a real policy window in collaboration with local stakeholders, and where it can be demonstrated — or at least there is good reason to believe—that the ES information will be used to inform decisions.

The six sessions in this track focus on key topics and desired outcomes that are shared across our community of practice.

This year’s sessions are:

P1) Fostering Resilient Coastal Communities

Monday, March 20, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Location: Paul Brest East

Abstract: Expanding coastal development, rising seas and the potential for increasing intensity and frequency of storms pose risk to coastal communities and infrastructure. The practice of using natural and nature-based approaches to enhance coastal resilience is growing and offers the opportunity to share lessons and insights from on-going work around the world and identify new science and avenues for future efforts. This session features four panelists that will share their experiences and research incorporating protection provided by ecosystems into coastal risk reduction planning. Joining us from a variety of institutions including NGOs, government and academia, the speakers will share a wide range of perspectives and interests. Presentations will be followed by questions for the panel and discussion with the audience.

Panelists:

  • Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist at US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Michael Beck, Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy and Adjunct Professor in Ocean Sciences, University of California-Santa Cruz
  • Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, Assistant Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Katie Arkema, Lead Scientist, Natural Capital Project

P2) Securing freshwater through innovative public and private partnerships

Tuesday, March 21, 9:00am-10:30am
Location: Paul Brest East

Abstract: This session will showcase examples of innovative mechanisms for securing freshwater, through partnerships between public and private institutions, development banks, and civil society. Following presentation of example cases, there will be a panel discussion on the lessons learned, opportunities and potential co-benefits for using water as a way to convene many different interests around land and resource management, climate change, and ecosystem-based adaptation.

Moderator: Adrian Vogl, Senior Scientist, Natural Capital Project

Panelists:

  • Andrea Erickson, Managing Director Water Funds and Water Markets, The Nature Conservancy
  • Suzanne Ozment, Associate, Global Water Program World Resources Institute
  • Byron Swift, President, Nature and Culture International
  • Lindsay Bass, Manager, Corporate Water Stewardship, WWF

P3) Community Dependence on Ecosystems: It’s All About the People

Tuesday, March 21, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Paul Brest East

Abstract: Natural capital approaches to investment and development decisions promise to reveal human dependence on nature by mapping and quantifying the benefits of ecosystems to people. Yet much of the current science and practices fall short of this promise by failing to translate biophysical changes to effects on human communities. When beneficiaries and their demand for services are not explicitly incorporated into decisions, we risk compromising those streams of benefits and ultimately progress towards sustainable development. This session features four panelists that will share their research and experiences connecting the dots between ecosystems and people to inform climate adaptation, management of fisheries and fisheries dependent livelihoods, health and water quality. In particular we will explore approaches for quantifying community dependence on ecosystems and for evaluating the outcomes of health, conservation and economic policies.

Moderator: Steve Polasky, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, and Co-Founder of the Natural Capital Project

Panelists:

  • Taylor Ricketts, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, University of Vermont, and Co-Founder of the Natural Capital Project
    • “Watersheds, forests, and children’s health – global relationships and conservation opportunities”
  • Seema Jayachandran, Department of Economics, Northwestern University and The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Massachusetts Institute for Technology
    • “A Development Economist’s Perspective on Studying Human Well-Being and Ecosystems”
  • Carter Brandon, Global Lead Economist, Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice, The World Bank
    • “Top down and bottom up: Using natural capital to better understand and alleviate poverty”
  • Cathy Kling, Department of Economics, Iowa State University
    • “Quality of Life and Recreational Resources: Engaging State Agencies and Regional Decision Makers”

P4) Case Studies in Pathways to Impact Across Various Scales

Wednesday, March 22, 9:00am-10:30am
Location: Paul Brest East

Abstract: This session features case studies where ecosystem services information has been used in a policy or planning process. These cases cover a multitude of services and decision contexts, and sample from a broad array of geographic scales, from an individual company campus to an international community of nations.

Moderator: Rob Griffin, Economist, Natural Capital Project

Panelists:

  • Avecita Chicchón, Director of Andes-Amazon Initiative, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
    • “Reflections on an approach for an integrated framework to conserve the Amazon basin”
  • Jorge Leon Sarmiento, Latin America Water Funds Specialist, The Nature Conservancy
    • “The value of an idea ????”
  • Kate Malmgren, [e]Team Design and Construction Integrator, Google, and Sari Ancel, Ecology Program Project Manager, Google
    • “Designing standards for resilient habitats and healthy environments at Google”
  • Rachel Neugarten, Director of Conservation Priority Setting, Conservation International
    • “Rapid national-scale ecosystem service mapping for decision making”
  • James Vause, Lead Economist, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre
    • “Natural Capital in 2016: Highlighting the demands articulated by the international community”

P5) Climate Change

Wednesday, March 22, 11:00am-12:30pm
Location: Paul Brest East

Abstract: The latest trends in climate change indicate even greater pressures on human and natural systems from shifts in temperature, rainfall, and hazards such as coastal storms, fires, and disease outbreaks. How to include climate trends, and uncertainty in cumulative climate impacts, on sustainable development strategies is an area of active research and practice. Panel members will outline both challenges and opportunities in applying a climate change perspective to efforts aimed at harmonizing conservation and human development objectives. Moderator Chris Field will stimulate a lively discussion about what is next for climate science, and best practices for including rapidly changing information into policies and investments affecting ecosystem and human wellbeing.

Moderator: Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Panelists: 

  • Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
    • “Climate Change: 2017”
  • Rebecca Shaw, Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President, WWF-US
    • “Opportunities and challenges in applying climate science for conservation”
  • Lee Hannah, Senior Research Fellow, Conservation International
    • “Responses of the agricultural sector and ecosystem services to climate change”
  • Katie Arkema, Lead Scientist, Natural Capital Project
    • “Diving in: Examples incorporating ecosystems into climate resilience planning and investment”

P6) Private Financing for Sustainable Development

March 22, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Location: Paul Brest Hall

Abstract: Sustainable development plans are just plans until they are funded and delivered. While attention is rightly focused on the role of policy and governance in fostering sustainable development, the private sector is uniquely positioned to respond to the significant needs of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has been showing interest in engaging in this agenda. For infrastructure alone, it is estimated that $90 trillion of investment is needed by 2030. Leading financial institutions are improving their understanding of the risks of ecosystem degradation to their bottom lines and implications for risk-return profiles. Some are starting to make bold commitments to promote fair and sustainable development. But to drive investments in sustainable land use and management practices at scale, the private sector needs both greater incentives and practical approaches for integrating natural capital and human well-being metrics into investment decision-making. Furthermore, there are also new opportunities for leading financial institutions who recognize and properly integrate natural capital. In this session, we will discuss how natural capital approaches can help to achieve long term sustainable returns and contribute toward sustainable development. Join us for a stimulating and innovative discussion!

Moderator: Ray Dhirani, Head of Sustainable Finance and Extractives, WWF-UK

Panelists:

  • Elizabeth White, Chief Strategist, Risk and Sustainability, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
  • Andrew Collins, Technical Director, ESG Standards Setting, Sustainable Accounting Standards Board
  • Spencer Wood, Senior Scientist, Natural Capital Project
  • Zach Knight, Co-Founder and Partner, Blue Forest Conservation
  • Eric Letsinger, Founder, Quantified Ventures

Learning Exchange

LEx

The Learning Exchange focuses on leading edge, experimental, and theoretical work that is still on its way to making an impact.

The six sessions in the Learning Exchange will feature robust interchanges of creative ideas in a variety of formats, from poster sessions and lightning talks, to round table discussions of lessons learned, software demonstrations, and panel discussions of the latest science and research at the farthest reaches of ecosystem services science.

This year’s sessions are:

L1) Lightning Talks

Monday, March 20, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Location: Paul Brest West

Abstract: This session provides a venue for researchers and practitioners to share their diverse experiences and work with natural capital approaches. The session will consist of nine short presentations followed by small group breakout discussions on topics introduced during the lightning talks.

Featured Participants:

  • Miguel Bugalho, Principal Investigator, WWF MedPO and University of Lisbon
    • “May PES approaches bring cultural ecosystem services into the conservation equation?”
  • Marina Garcia-Llorente, PhD researcher, Madrid Institute for Rural Development Agricultural and Food Research (IMIDRA)
    • “Social and inclusive farming to reconnect human wellbeing with nature”
  • Eugene Itua, Director, Natural Eco Capital
    • “Natural Capital: Placing Nature at the Core of the Economy in Nigeria”
  • Jinlong Liu, PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne
    • “Identification and classification of urban cultural ecosystem service flow: a case study in the City of Melbourne”
  • Jen Molnar, Managing Director and Lead Scientist, Center for Sustainability Science at The Nature Conservancy
    • “Partnering with companies for transformative change”
  • Fanglin Sun, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, San Diego
    • “Valuing the Storm Surge Mitigation Effect of Coastal Wetland”
  • Benis Egoh, Principal Researcher in Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

L2) Coastal Resilience

Tuesday, March 21, 9:00am-10:30am
Location: Paul Brest West

Abstract: The San Francisco Bay Area is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, with a significant number of its more than 7.4 million people, critical assets, and infrastructure located along the shoreline.  The anticipation of rising tides due to climate change is catalyzing extensive planning efforts in the Bay to reach across jurisdictions and sectors and focus on building regional resilience.  As part of this effort, decision-makers in the Bay are exploring where investing in natural infrastructure and restoration efforts may be effective long-term adaptation strategies.  This session will feature several short talks from practitioners and scientists working on building resilience and adapting to rising sea levels in the Bay Area.  Following the talks, an open, roundtable discussion will give participants the opportunity to ask questions and share experience from their own region.

Featured Participants:

  • Matt Gerhart, Program Manager for the San Francisco Bay Conservancy program of the State of California Coastal Conservancy
  • Hilary Papendick, Climate Resiliency Specialist, County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability
  • Lindy Lowe, Chief Planning Officer, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
  • Mark Stacey, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley
  • Warner Chabot, Executive Director, San Francisco Estuary Institute & The Aquatic Science Center
  • Sam Veloz, Climate Adaptation Group Director, Point Blue

L3) Biodiversity

Tuesday, March 21, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: J-S Classroom 123

Abstract: Biodiversity is complex; it encompasses everything from genes to ecosystems, spans spatial scales from a soil aggregate to the globe, and is constantly changing through time. In an attempt to tackle the enormous challenge that is describing the variety of life on planet earth, biodiversity scientists have drawn from classical ecology and natural history, molecular biology, remote sensing, mathematics, physics, and biogeochemistry. Each discipline has created a plethora of methods, measurements, and metrics in pursuit of quantifying current patterns and projecting future threats to biodiversity. In doing so, we’ve uncovered and characterized much of the nuance of the particular type of diversity in a given system. The challenge now is how to best integrate measurements of oft-disparate metrics of biodiversity alongside ecosystem service evaluations to meet specific policy aims. This session will cover ways to best target future biodiversity research to meet regional and global policy aims from both a pure biodiversity standpoint and the biodiversity-moderated ecosystem services perspective.

Featured Participants:

  • Henrique Pereira, Professor of Biodiversity Conservation, German Center for Integrative Biology Research (iDiv), Chair of the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)
    • “Modelling biodiversity with the countryside SAR: the importance of habitat affinity”
  • Daniel Karp, Assistant Professor, University of California Davis
    • “A spatial model for predicting pest abundance and predator activity across agricultural landscapes”
  • Silvia Ceaușu, PhD Candidate in Biodiversity Conservation, German Center for Integrative Biology Research (iDiv)
    • “No ecosystem services left behind: reconnecting ecosystem services and biodiversity”
  • Jon Flanders, University of Bristol, UK, Visiting Scholar, Stanford Center for Conservation Biology
    • “Utilizing ecosystem services to promote biodiversity in policy making decisions”

L4) Implementing InVEST in New Contexts

Wednesday, March 22, 9:00am-10:30am
Location: Paul Brest West

Abstract: InVEST is being used to assess ecosystem services in a range of contexts around the world. This session’s presenters will share experiences of how they have used InVEST to model species habitat, assess cultural ecosystem services, engage multiple stakeholders in scenario simulations, and incorporate wave energy models in marine planning. These studies cover a variety of ecosystems (including grassland, forest and marine) in North America, Southeast Asia and the Amazon.

Featured Participants:

  • Cali Roth, Geospatial Analyst, US Geological Survey
    • “Validating InVEST Model Assessments of Imperiled Grassland Bird Habitat Quality”
  • Yoonjung Kim, Researcher, Korea Environment Institute
    • “Evaluating determinants of spatial attraction choice with social big-data: a modelling study on eco-tourism of ASEAN Heritage Parks as a ‘Technical and Scientific Cooperation’ with regional experts”
  • Blake E. Feist, Landscape Ecologist, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • “Harnessing the renewable energy potential of the motion of the ocean amidst a crowded sea of existing resource uses”
  • Nirmal Bhagabati, WWF-US, Lead Natural Capital Scientists Forests, and Michele Dailey, WWF-US, Natural Capital Analyst
    • “National Ecosystem Service Assessments in Myanmar”

L5) New Frontiers: Methods, Models, and Tools

Wednesday, March 22, 11:00am-12:30pm
Location: Paul Brest West

Abstract: Practitioners in the ecosystem services community continue to innovate to find new ways to model, display, and otherwise improve ES modeling workflows — all with the goal of helping stakeholders incorporate nature’s value into decision making. This session will include four talks covering recent advances in diverse modeling-related areas of optimization, visualization, large-scale data analysis, web-based workflows, and integrated modeling of socio-environmental systems.

Featured Participants:

  • Heera Lee, PhD Candidate, University of Bonn
    • “Automatic tagging of crowdsourced photos for quantifying cultural ecosystem services – a case study in Saxony, Germany”
  • Martin Lacayo, PhD Candidate, University of Geneva
    • “Ecosystem Services Analysis Workflows Using Web Services”
  • Toby Roxburgh, Economics Adviser, WWF-UK
    • “Global Natural Capital Scenario Analysis: Assessing the Implications of Environmental Change for Economies and People”
  • Benjamin Bryant, Natural Capital Project
    • “Humble Spatial Optimization: A diagnostic-laden approach for targeting landscape interventions under uncertainty in processes and values”

L6) Scenarios + Stakeholder Engagement

Wednesday, March 22, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Location: J-S Classroom 123

Abstract: Scenarios are plausible stories about how the future of a social-ecological system might unfold. Scenario planning can be an important tool for transformation because it forces people to think explicitly about alternative situations, consider key uncertainties and create an understanding that a different order of things is possible. We will bring together leading scholars from diverse disciplines to create a novel overview of the multiple roles scenarios can have in social-ecological transformations.

Featured Participants:

  • Steve Polasky, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, and Co-Founder of the Natural Capital Project
  • Albert Nordström, Executive Director, Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), and Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Center
  • Garry Peterson, Professor, Stockholm Resilience Center
  • Anne Guerry, Chief Strategy Officer and Lead Scientist, Natural Capital Project

 

Approaches & Applications

LEx

This year’s Approaches & Applications track has evolved from prior years’ Training Track. It contains a mix of half-day workshops on key topics for practitioners and project teams who are looking to get their own natural capital-based projects underway, as well as more traditional conference sessions with presentations followed by opportunities for discussion. The workshop sessions are led by NatCap staff members and NatCap partners and collaborators, with additional training support also available during open support hours on Thursday.

The workshops being offered this year are:

A1) Getting Started with a Natural Capital Approach

Monday, March 20, 2:00pm-5:30pm
Location: School of Education Room 128

Abstract: This session is intended for those who are new to taking a natural capital approach to informing decisions. It will begin with a preview of our training offerings and guidance for how to navigate the Approaches & Applications and Learning Exchange tracks at this year’s Symposium. We will also highlight the importance of early project scoping to help frame appropriate scientific and management questions, improve the quality of analytical outputs, and increase the likelihood that results are salient and accessible to stakeholders and policymakers. This session will also introduce NatCap’s primary software suite, InVEST, and walk through typical workflows, and give an overview of the various models available within it. Bring your laptop if you’d like help installing InVEST, RIOS, OPAL or QGIS software.


A2) Scenario-based Decision Making for Sustainable Development

Tuesday, March 21, 9:00am-10:30am
Location: J-S Hall Room 123

Abstract: This session will explore scenario approaches, tools and case studies that have potential to support sustainable development planning at national and sub-national scales by governments, communities and other stakeholders. The session will introduce scenarios and relevant scenario tools, exploring their proven or potential utility, strengths and weaknesses in the contexts of sustainable development planning, building on case studies.


A3) Integrating ecosystem services, beneficiaries and social indicators into forest landscape restoration with the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM)

Tuesday, March 21, 11:00am-12:30pm
Location: Paul Brest West

Abstract: Forest landscape restoration (FLR) offers opportunities to enhance ecosystems, reduce risks from disasters, and improve health and livelihoods. An approach that accounts for ecosystem services can help address persistent challenges in implementing restoration by increasing political will for restoration, illuminating trade-offs among different restoration objectives (e.g. carbon sequestration, biodiversity, water security, food security, and social objectives like gender equality), and lead to more strategic investments. IUCN and the Natural Capital Project have partnered to develop the Restoration Opportunities Optimization Tool (ROOT) as well as guidance for more explicitly integrating ecosystem services into the Restoration Opportunities Assessment Methodology (ROAM), a process that is ongoing in at least two dozen countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Here we present case studies, innovative open-source software tools, and lessons learned from integrating these approaches in our collaborative projects.

Featured Participants:

  • Craig Beatty, Programme Officer for Global Forest and Climate, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Adrian Vogl, Senior Scientist, Natural Capital Project
  • Leander Raes, IUCN Regional Office for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean
  • Peter Hawthorne, Ecologist, Natural Capital Project, University of Minnesota

A4a) Hands-on with InVEST for Coastal Resilience

Wednesday, March 22, 9:00am-12:30pm
Location: J-S Hall Room 123

Abstract: Ecosystems play a crucial role in supporting livelihoods in coastal communities and minimizing a community’s’ risk to coastal hazards. Competing needs for development can threaten those ecosystems. During this session we will work with a suite of InVEST models that address these trade-offs and highlight the role of healthy ecosystems. The Habitat Risk Assessment model maps impacts of human activities on ecosystems. In turn, the Coastal Vulnerability model measures how change in ecosystems lead to change in ability to reduce risks from coastal hazards. The goal of this session is to introduce the scientific underpinnings of these models, discuss different contexts in which to apply them, and build familiarity with running and interpreting results from InVEST models. We will use exercises designed to illustrate how real-world planning decisions can be informed with quantitative model results. We will also explore the basic structure of InVEST models in general and learn about the InVEST file structure, the user interface, and types of model inputs and outputs.

Featured Participants:

  • Eddy Silva, Coordinador Programa Nacional Océanos y Costas (Oceans and Coasts National Program Coordinator), WWF Ecuador

A4b) Hands-on with the InVEST Hydrology Suite

Wednesday, March 22nd, 9am-12:30pm
Location: School of Education Room 313

Abstract: Whether you have a background in hydrology or are simply interested in how natural ecosystems provide freshwater services, this session is for you! We will present an overview of the four freshwater models that are part of the InVEST suite, with examples of recent applications by NatCap and partners. The second part of the session will be dedicated to hands-on activities, focused on one or two of our most recent models (nutrient retention and seasonal water yield). Participants will have a chance to run the models on their laptops and share lessons and best practices for the application of InVEST models.

Featured Participants:

  • Kim Falinski, Marine Applied Scientist, The Nature Conservancy – Hawaii

A5) New Frontiers: Communication and Capacity

Wednesday, March 22, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Location: Paul Brest West

Abstract: This session features talks on communication about the value of nature and the social contexts surrounding ecosystem service decision-making. The approaches include immersive computer-based education, techniques for static and dynamic visualization, games that illuminate constraints and opportunities in a social context, how to reconcile storytelling and science to burst confirmation bias. Discussants with experience translating scientific knowledge to effect decisions and organizational change will respond, followed by open discussion with attendees.

Featured Participants:

  • Tim Kelly, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Planet3
  • Charlotte Weil, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Natural Capital Project
    • “Static and dynamic visualization strategies for displaying natural capital information in support of decision making”
  • Clément Feger, Research Associate, University of Cambridge
    • “Improving decisions with biodiversity and ecosystem services information: an introduction to the context diagnostic tool”
  • Nathanael Johnson, Senior Writer, Grist
    • “Storytelling and evidence: Brokering peace between natural enemies”

Poster Session

Held on Monday evening, the Poster Session provides an open and informal setting for individuals and teams to showcase academic and practical research in a variety of topics related to natural capital and ecosystem services. See the COMPLETE LIST OF POSTERS.

We will also be hosting a happy hour during the poster session, with beer, wine, soft drinks, and light snacks. Special thanks to this year’s Poster Session sponsor: Nature Sustainability!

Working Groups

Following the full 3-day program of the Symposium, there will be multiple working groups meeting on Thursday, March 23rd. NatCap staff will be available to work with you in what we call our “sandbox” sessions. This is time for you to get hands-on help with model running, feedback about your own work, guidance about using an ecosystem services approach in decisions, or just generally to talk more with us about whatever is on your mind. We also have several working groups and workshops which will be open for Symposium attendees to join if they choose.

Many of these sessions have separate RSVPs, as headcounts for each are limited. Please check each session description for a link to register (at no additional cost).

W1) Roundtable: Sustainable Development Planning

Thursday, March 23, 9:00am-11:00am

Abstract: With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and inspiration from a growing number of practical examples, governments and financial institutions are increasingly expressing interest in incorporating natural capital and ecosystem services into their decision-making processes, in order to more comprehensively account for the costs and benefits of development options. In this Roundtable session, we will take stock of progress made and remaining gaps in developing the approaches, information and incentives needed to make sustainable development planning commonplace. We will start with a series of lightning talks, drawing on speakers’ experiences from around the globe and covering multiple dimensions of sustainable development planning — from policy to finance mechanisms to analytical tools. Lightning talks will be followed by discussion among presenters and audience members. Together, we will aim to identify opportunities and solutions to common obstacles faced in creating and implementing development plans that account for nature’s values.

Featured Presenters:

  1. Johannes Förster, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, “Designing policy instruments for new ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) on small islands: how an explicit focus on ‘ecosystem service opportunities’ can infom adaptation options”
  2. Natasha Tang Kai, University of Waterloo, Canada, “Do ecosystem services matter in sustainability planning?”
  3. Roland Eve & Tiana Ramahaleo, WWF Madagascar, “Green infrastructure in Madagascar: investing for sustainable development and inclusive growth”
  4. Pallab Mozumder, Florida International University, “Conservation auctions and payments for multiple ecosystem services: A framed field experiment in Oaxaca, Mexico”
  5. Toni Anderson, Silvacom, “Assessing the ecosystem service benefits derived from restoration activities: An applied approach”
  6. Joseph William Bull, University of Copenhagen, “The necessity and the challenges of working with big business to achieve global biodiversity and ecosystem service conservation”

CLICK HERE TO RSVP TO W1

W2) Workshop: Using Economic Valuation and Choice Experiments to Impact Policy

Thursday, March 23, 9:00am-12:30pm

Instructor: Kim Bonine, Training Director, Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF)

Abstract: This half-day training session will focus on environmental valuation and how it can be used to impact policy. The first morning session will present an overview of environmental valuation and strategic approaches to framing a valuation study. Several methods to estimate ecosystem service values will be presented, along with practical examples from the field. The second morning session will focus on using the choice experiment valuation method to better understand how people make decisions and respond to incentives. This session will include models of human behavior, an overview of the choice experiment method, and a case study example from Ecuador on designing incentive programs for mangrove conservation.

Schedule

Part I

  1. Valuation – what is it and why do it
  2. Economic values classification
  3. Valuation methods overview
    1. Direct market, production function, revealed, stated, benefits transfer

— Coffee break —

Part II

  1. Understanding human behavior and incentives
    1. Economic framework for modeling decisions
    2. Chocolate exercise
  2. Choice experiments
    1. Overview
    2. Socio Bosque case study in Ecuador
  3. Additional resources

CLICK HERE TO RSVP TO W2

W3) Working Group: Scenarios

Thursday, March 23, 9:00am-12:30pm

Abstract: Scenarios are plausible stories about how the future might unfold. They begin discussions about people’s visions for the future and help articulate what it is that they care about.  Forced to get specific about envisioning the future, people must think explicitly about alternative situations, consider key uncertainties, and create an understanding that a different order of things is possible.  This kind of thinking can lead to transformations in social-ecological systems.  With funding from the Marcus and Marianne Wallenberg Foundation, a group of us from Stanford and the Stockholm Resilience Center are exploring our different thought-processes about and real-world experience in using scenarios in decision-making, and working together to chart a course forward.  But we don’t want to be in an echo chamber.  If you have used scenario planning in your work or are interested in how scenarios can lead to transformation, please come join us, share your ideas, and help us shape the future.  

CLICK HERE TO RSVP TO W3

W4) Workshop: Python Programming for Ecosystem Services and InVEST

Thursday, March 23, 9:00am-3:00pm

Instructors: Rich Sharp, Software Architect, Natural Capital Project, and James Douglass, Software Lead, Natural Capital Project

Abstract: Behind InVEST’s user interface is a mature Python extension/API that can be used to automate all InVEST model,s chain a pipeline of model runs, seamlessly pre and post process data and results and more!  This is an all day session, open to all, focusing on installing Python and the InVEST extensions, moving toward scripting a single InVEST model run, advancing to automating many InVEST runs on directories of data, and capstoning with advanced topics such as automatic aggregation of results, parallel processing, and more.

This is the first time we’ve offered a specific technical session, so we’re willing to work with anyone who is interested.  Attendees are welcome to join in the middle of a session and leaving early.  It will be helpful to have some specific (even if very basic) knowledge of Python scripting to those who are comfortable with “pip install natcap.invest”.  Additionally, a strong opinion of best Star Trek captain and/or favorite Kerbal crew are encouraged but not required.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP TO W4

W5) Workshop: The InVEST Recreation Model

Thursday, March 23, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Instructor: Dave Fisher, Ecosystem Services Analyst, Natural Capital Project

Abstract: Recreation and tourism are important components of economies and they contribute in many ways to quality of life. To quantify the recreational value of natural environments, the InVEST recreation model predicts the distribution of person-days of recreation, based on the locations of natural and cultural features of the landscape. This session will discuss approaches to mapping recreational use, and a technique using geotagged photographs as a measure of visitation. We will demonstrate methods for preparing input data, developing scenarios, and interpreting results, using our latest research as examples. Finally, we will discuss new developments and future directions for the InVEST Recreation model. Participants will have the opportunity to get feedback on their own projects.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP TO W5

W6) NatCap Open Support Hours

Thursday, March 23, 9:00am-3:00pm

Various members of the Natural Capital Project team will be available throughout the day on Thursday or one-on-one and/or small-group help, advice, or friendly conversation on a variety of subjects. We will also be playing one of NatCap’s ecosystem service trade-off games, Tradeoff!, during one hour of this time. Some of the topics/times are:

9:00am-12:30pm: Coastal Resilience, Sustainable Development Planning, InVEST Marine Models, Scenarios, Stakeholder Engagement

10:00am-11:00am: R programming and GIS

11:00am-12:30pm: Securing Freshwater, InVEST Freshwater/Terrestrial Models

1:30pm-3:00pm: Securing Freshwater, Sustainable Development Planning, InVEST Freshwater/Terrestrial Models, Beneficiaries

CLICK HERE TO RSVP TO PLAY TRADEOFF!

CLICK HERE TO RSVP FOR OTHER OPEN SUPPORT HOURS

At Stanford University

Munger Building 4, 555 Salvatierra St, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Munger Building 4, 555 Salvatierra St, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

The Natural Capital Symposium will be held at the Munger Conference Center, on the campus of Stanford University.

Address:
555 Salvatierra Way
Stanford, CA 94305

To get there by Marguerite Shuttle, take the X or Y to Campus Drive & Alvarado, then walk toward the center of campus on Salvatierra Way. This will take you right into the Rehnquist Courtyard, between Paul Brest Hall and Jacobson-Sorensen Hall. If you are staying at the Sheraton Palo Alto, you can catch the Marguerite Shuttle at the Palo Alto Transit Center (the Palo Alto Caltrain Station). The X and Y shuttles pick passengers up from the driveway adjacent to the southbound platform. Take the Y shuttle to Campus Drive & Alvarado.

Walking directions from the Sheraton Palo Alto/Palo Alto Transit Center
Walking directions from the Stanford Terrace Inn
Driving directions to the Munger Conference Center

Map of Munger Conference Center

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Transportation

Stanford University is easily accessible from both the San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC) Airports. Please click here for directions to/from area airports to Stanford. Stanford campus is located near the Palo Alto Caltrain station. There are free“Marguerite” shuttles that run from the station to locations across campus throughout the day. The X and Y shuttles stop very close to Paul Brest Hall, the location of the Munger Conference Center, epicenter of the Natural Capital Symposium. Bicycle rentals are available from the Campus Bike Shop.

Lodging

We have arranged a special group rate at the Sheraton Palo Alto. The rate is $339/night + taxes and fees, and is available for the nights of March 19-22. Reservations can be made by calling toll free at 1-800-325-3535 (you must mention the “Natural Capital Symposium” to be given the group rate). You can also make your booking online on our group booking page. Group bookings must be made by Monday, March 6, 2017.

There are also many other lodging options in the area or within a short ride on public transportation. Stanford University maintains a list of other local lodging options here. We realize that lodging in the Stanford area can be quite expensive, so we have also set up a contact list for attendees who are looking to share rooms or seek out alternative lodging options to get in touch with each other. Once you have registered, reach out to us and we’ll be happy to send you a link to the list.

Contact Us

Have questions about the 2017 Natural Capital Symposium? Please email us at natcap2017@gmail.com or fill out the form below.

Past Events

Curious about our past Symposium events? Check out the 2016 and 2015 event pages.