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Nature is priceless. So let's value it.


At The Natural Capital Project we work to understand how to value nature–and the services it provides–so that leaders of countries, companies, and communities can make smarter decisions for both the planet and their bottom lines.


Valuing natural capital can work for you.


Whether you’re in the business of crafting good policy or optimizing investments, valuing natural capital can help you accomplish your goals.

How do we know it works?

Dig into our work testing the benefits of natural capital valuation.


Learn more about our experiences co-developing science and putting it to work in the real world.



Browse our library of scientific research and other publications exploring lessons we are learning in applying natural capital approaches.



Explore recent stories about natural capital and how valuing it can change decisions.


Dive In.

Valuing natural capital can help you make decisions that are better for people and nature. We’ve learned a lot while working on the science of natural capital and using that knowledge to inform decisions. We’ve built some of that learning into free software and educational materials to help you value natural capital in the places and contexts that matter to you.

Try our tools, take one of our online courses, come to a training, get help on our online forum, collaborate with us, or come share your stories at one of our events.


What we’re up to.

Catch up on the latest news and events at The Natural Capital Project.

June 30 Washington D.C. Event: Integrating Natural Capital Into Decisions

We are hosting a panel to discuss Integrating Natural Capital into Decisions. The event will feature leading academics and practitioners in the field of ecosystem services as well as experts from the public and non-profit sectors, addressing core sustainability challenges of the 21st century. For more information, click here.

New Studies Show How Valuing Nature is Transforming Decisions

In the decade since publication of the landmark U.N. Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, scientists, policymakers, nonprofit organizations and corporations have worked together to incorporate the value of nature in economic and social development plans. The striking accomplishments of these partnerships are profiled in a new series of research papers published in the June 16 2015 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The Special Feature shows how the science and practice of ecosystem services – the benefits nature provides – has matured. The Special Feature was led and edited by University of Minnesota economist Steve Polasky (a co-founder of The Natural Capital Project) and Oregon State University ecologist Jane Lubchenco. See the collected papers at PNAS:  http://www.pnas.org/cgi/collection/nature_capital

Stockholm Summit on Natural Capital

Together with esteemed colleagues and institutions in Stockholm (the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Beijer Institute of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and The Global Economic Dynamics and the Biosphere Program of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences), we are convening the Stockholm Summit on Natural Capital, May 19-20.

Geneva Natural Capital Approach Training and InVEST Workshop

Our next training and workshop is in Geneva, Switzerland before the Symposium for European Freshwater Sciences. It will take place from July 2-5, 2015. For more information click here.