Valuing Nature in Decisions: From Demonstration to Transformation

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Valuing Nature in Decisions: From Demonstration to Transformation

An awakening is underway to the risks and devastating costs of disrupting and destroying nature. Gretchen Daily will describe key frontiers in quantifying nature’s benefits to people and integrating them into decision-making, through planning, policy, investment, and practice. She will relate the arc of advances in science, in understanding nature’s contributions to a range of benefits to people. And she’ll discuss the innovation in actionable tools, engagements, and demonstrations, and a strategy for scaling models of success across sectors and regions toward green, inclusive development. She will focus particularly on Latin America and the Caribbean, which stand out today for innovation at scale.

Gretchen Daily is Bing Professor of Environmental Science and co-founder and faculty director of the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University. Her work focuses on understanding the dynamics of change in the biosphere, their implications for human well-being, and the deep societal transformations needed to secure people and nature. She engages extensively with governments, multilateral development banks, businesses, communities, and NGOs. Daily co-founded the Natural Capital Project (, a global partnership that is integrating the values of nature into planning, policy, finance and practice globally. Its tools and approaches are now used in 185 nations through the free and open-source Natural Capital Data & Software Platform. Daily has published several hundred scientific and popular articles and a dozen books, including Green Growth that Works: Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms from Around the World (2019). Daily is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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