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InVEST Summer School

San Vito (BL) - Italy

Dal 07.09.2015 al 11.09.2015

Mapping and Valuating Ecosystem Services for Better Decision Making

From 7th to 11th of September in the heart of the Dolomite mountains, zone of outstanding universal value and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (TESAF) of the University of Padua and its spin-off ETIFOR, in collaboration with Stanford University, University of Molise, and INFORMED Project Partners organizes the Summer School on “InVEST  Models:  Mapping  and  Valuating  Ecosystem Services for better decision making”.

InVEST software (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Trade-offs) is a family of decision-support tools developed by the Natural Capital Project (NatCap) that allows decision makers to integrate nature’s benefits into policy, business and management decisions and to assess trade-offs associated with alternatives.

Along one week, in the heart of the Dolomite Mountains, a zone of outstanding universal value among UNESCO World Heritage Sites, “InVEST Summer School” will offer two days of lectures on ecosystem services assessment and evaluation with case studies presentations, followed by three days of intensive training on InVEST Toolkit. This initiative aims at disseminating in depth knowledge on the NatCap Approach and developing technical skills among participants for a proficient use of InVEST Models for ecosystem services valuation and mapping. In Addition basic knowledge of the other Analysis Tools developed by NatCap team, such as RIOS (Resource Investment Optimization System) and OPAL (Offset Portfolio Analyser and Locator) will be provided during training sessions.

Online registration is open until 15th of August and a maximum of 25 participants will be accepted according to CV and expressed motivation. PhDs regularly enrolled will benefit of a 30% discount if the application form is submitted before the 30th of July.

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