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Natural Capital Index (NCI)

Quantifying potential improvements in economic returns, greenhouse gas emissions, water quality, and biodiversity through more efficient and effective land use change, for countries globally.Partners: NatCap at Stanford and University of Minnesota; The World Bank. Funding: The World Bank; The Natural Capital Project.

The Challenge

Estimating the integrated impacts of landscape configuration and land uses on multiple economic, greenhouse gas, water quality, and biodiversity benefits. The optimization analyses help identify multiple landscape configuration and management pathways to more sustainable and efficient futures for each country.

The Solution

Conducting interdisciplinary, spatial global analyses with collaborators at the World Bank. We are using the global version of InVEST's nutrient delivery ratio model. We are adapting existing models or developing new models for estimating economic returns from forestry, grazing, and croplands; and also for quantifying changes in biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions as a result of landscape configuration and land uses.