Training on using InVEST to assess Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services
Day 1 of the 4-day event convened over 100 conservation practitioners and over 10 reporters for a broad overview of the concepts of natural capital, ecosystem services, and the use of scenarios in supporting responsible and integrated decision-making. Preliminary results from a regional study on the value of natural capital were presented to give participants an idea of what is at stake when it comes to appropriately assessing and evaluating natural capital in the region. The EcoBEST Project also presented their project model and discussed how they are using tools like InVEST in their work.
During days 2-4, a smaller group of technical practitioners learned about InVEST in detail using their own data to build and evaluate models in the context of supporting specific decisions they had identified. This technical training focused on best practices in using scenarios and on InVEST's Forest Carbon and Freshwater models.
Since the workshop, interest in the InVEST toolbox has continued to grow in the region with WWF and others sponsoring a number of training events and applying the tools to better understand natural capital and how it relates to key policies and development decisions in the region.