June 25, 2015

A group with ties to the University of Washington is helping decision makers recognize the importance and benefits of the natural world.

The Natural Capital Project, a partnership that includes UW, published a paper recently in the National Academy of Sciences which shows the benefits of including the values of nature into decisions. Examples include showing how protecting areas in the Amazon improves public health, and how some coastal habitats in Belize can help mitigate the effects of storms and sea-level rise.

The group's managing director and chief strategy officer are based at UW, and each year the organization supports two graduate research positions in the College of the Environment.

For more information, see the full story at UW Today.

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