Natural Capital Project

As part of the Natural Capital Project, researchers at the University of Minnesota are working with Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, several government agencies and other entities to develop new approaches to integrating economics and ecology—with a focus on how to assess the value of "ecosystem goods and services."

As a core part of this project, the team will further develop the Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs model, helping decision makers consider the tradeoffs of managing ecosystems in different ways.

This model could help change the direction of economic activities toward ensuring long-term sustainability of the environment while meeting the near-term needs of people.

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