Natural Capital Project director Mary Ruckelshaus, former lead scientist Heather Tallis, and software head Rich Sharp got a chance to share the NatCap message with a global audience last week through a presentation to the Commonwealth Club of California,
the nation's premier public affairs forum.
The three took turns discussing why and how nature's services can be
incorporated into land management and other planning to benefit humans
socially and economically while protecting the integrity of ecosystems.
The many examples they offered ranged from minimizing hurricane damage
by protecting coastline habitat to ensuring clean water by protecting
watersheds upstream. For a super synopsis of what NatCap is all about, listen to the presentation online
or download the podcast
partnership of Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy, World
Wildlife Fund, and the University of Minnesota Institute on the
Environment, NatCap develops and promotes tools for incorporating
incorporating the value of nature into decision making. Learn more at naturalcapitalproject.org.Photo of coastal wetlands by USFWS Headquarters via Flickr/Creative Commons. Photo of Mary Ruckelshaus by L. Herrada-Rios