To address the lack of credible information accessible to decision-makers, and allow them to consider the costs and benefits of development decisions facing them, the project uses an innovative software called InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs).
This easy-to-use tool can measure and value the goods and services produced by nature that sustain human life, as well as evaluate "scenarios" to project the costs and benefits of future policy choices. InVEST is designed to help make informed policy and business decisions.
Using InVEST's maps and data, WWF field programs can show decision-makers where ecosystem services are located, estimate what they are worth and recommend fair policies to compensate people whose lands provide them.
InVEST Workshop - July 2015
Participants of the InVEST Workshop organised in Mondulkiri ...
InVEST Workshop in Mondulkiri Province - 30 / 31 July 2015
InVEST has been developed under The Natural Capital Project (NatCap): a joint venture among Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment, University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, and WWF.
NatCap aims to integrate the values of nature into all major decisions affecting the environment and human well-being. The ultimate objective of NatCap is to improve the state of biodiversity and human well-being by motivating greater and more cost-effective investments in both.