Project Overview

Over the past several decades, there has been an increased realization of the extent to which the means of production in human society depends on and impacts increasingly fragile natural systems. Despite this increased recognition, businesses still struggle to understand how they can incorporate the value of nature, including ecosystem goods and services, into their business processes. Working with our client The Nature Conservancy, we researched trends in ecosystem valuation within the chemical manufacturing and forest product industries, discerning ways to identify and evaluate future ecosystem investment opportunities. This research resulted in a framework businesses can use to identify future ecosystem service opportunities, and then score their business values using a multi-criteria analysis approach.