Gretchen Cara Daily

Gretchen C. Daily is Bing Professor of Environmental Science at Stanford University, where she also serves as Senior Fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Director of the Center for Conservation Biology; and cofounder and faculty director of the Natural Capital Project, a global partnership driving innovation to value nature explicitly and systematically in policy, finance and management. Daily’s interdisciplinary research is focused on harmonizing people and nature, in: biodiversity dynamics and conservation, land use and agriculture, and human livelihoods; the production and value of ecosystem support for human health, prosperity and overall well-being; and policy and finance innovation for achieving inclusive green growth. She works with decision-makers in key contexts worldwide, co-developing practical tools and widely shared approaches.
Daily has published hundreds of scientific and popular articles. Her dozen books include Nature’s Services: Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems (Island Press, 1997), The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable (Island Press, 2002), Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services (2011), Research on Rural Household Livelihood and Environmental Sustainable Development (2017, in Chinese), and One Tree (2018). She is a fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

2021 Tyler Prize Winner

2021 Tyler Prize Winners

Congratulations to Gretchen Daily and Pavan Sukhdev, Island Press authors and the newest recipients of the...

Congratulations to Gretchen Daily and Pavan Sukhdev, Island Press authors and the newest recipients of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement!

Pioneers in illuminating and quantifying the economic value of our natural environment. Conservation Biologist Gretchen C. Daily, and Environmental Economist Pavan Sukhdev. Each has trailblazed the valuing of natural capital – in rigorous scientific and economic terms – recognizing nature’s vital role in supporting human wellbeing.

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Nature's Services Edited by Gretchen Cara Daily | An Island Press book


The New Economy of Nature


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Corporation 2020 by Pavan Sukhdev | An Island Press book


Why Corporation 2020? by Pavan Sukhdev | An Island Press book


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#ForewordFriday: What is inclusive green growth?

Read the introduction to Green Growth That Works, a practical guide for investing in nature in a way that both improves human well-being and protects biodiversity.

Rapid economic development has been a boon to human well-being, but comes at a significant cost to the fertile soils, forests, coastal marshes, and farmland that support all life on earth. If ecosystems collapse, so eventually will human civilization. One solution is inclusive green growth—the efficient use of natural resources. Its genius lies in working with nature rather than against it.

Green Growth That Works is the first practical guide to bring together pragmatic finance and policy tools that can make investment in natural capital both attractive and commonplace. Pioneered by leading scholars from the Natural Capital Project, this valuable compendium of proven techniques can guide agencies and organizations eager to make green growth work anywhere in the world.

In this excerpt, the authors introduce important concepts in the book and provide an overview of the book's structure and content.