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Dams and disease: accounting for schistosomiasis risk in infrastructure planning and management

We are working with the De Leo lab at Stanford University to develop an easy-to-use tool for quantifying and mapping schistosomiasis risk associated with dam construction and reservoir management. While our research is centered in Senegal, it has impact potential wherever schistosomiasis is found. Funding: NSF EEID

Land use change and landscapes of vector-borne disease (Madre de Dios, Peru)

We are working to better understand the impacts of land use and climate on the risk of vector-borne diseases, and especially mosquito-borne disease, in Latin America. In partnership with researchers in the United States and Peru, we are advancing scientific understanding of the relationship between land use, human behavior and vector-borne disease, with a focus on the Madre de Dios region of Peru. We are also developing new models to map and quantify the impacts of land use decisions on disease risk in Madre de Dios and elsewhere in Latin America.

Gross Ecosystem Product (GEP) (Beijing, China)

Gross Ecosystem Product (GEP) is an index, modeled after Gross Domestic Product (GDP), that provides a clear signal of the value of nature's contribution to human wellbeing. It has been developed and piloted from city to national scales in China, and has been officially adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission as part of the UN-SEEA system of ecosystem accounting. Project partners: NatCap Stanford, NatCap University of Minnesota, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Funding: Chinese Academy of Sciences, Stanford gift funds.

 

Biosphere Futures, Global

The Biosphere Futures project - www.biospherefutures.net - offers an online database of scenario planning case studies from all over the world. The overarching aim is to support sustainable development of the Biosphere. We focus on scenarios that explore the interactions and interdependencies between humans and ecosystems. Partners: Stockholm Resilience Centre, NatCap Stanford.  Collaborators:Azote, Colectivo Fractal.

Co-developing a vision for sustainable development in the Llanos de Moxos, Bolivia

This 18-month project employs NatCap's well-tested participatory process to build support for a more sustainable development pathway by co-producing knowledge of ecosystem services and the benefits they bring to communities in collaboration with scientists, policy experts, and leaders in the Llanos de Moxos region in Beni, Bolivia. Collaborators: Center for Research in Biodiversity and the Environment at the Autonomous University of Beni, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bolivia, FaunAgua, Armonía, Department for Archaeology of the Americas at the University of Bonn.

Conserving Rivers though Strategic Trade-off Analyses, Nepal

Conserving Nepal's Rivers through strategic trade-off analyses. Partners: WWF International, WWF Nepal, NatCap. Collaborator: Lawrence Berkeley Labs.

The Challenge

Trying to quantify ecosystem values related to Nepal's rivers and especially in the Karnali River. This information is then used to find good trade-offs between Nepal's wish to develop more renewable hydropower and possible impacts of dams on rivers and people.

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