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Lisa Ann Mandle

Lisa Mandle is a Lead Scientist at the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University. Her research is focused on the impacts of land management and infrastructure development on ecosystem service provision and on the social and economic equity dimensions of ecosystem service benefits. She is also leading new science in ecosystem change and human health, with practical applications.
Mandle has worked with governments, multi-lateral development banks, and nongovernmental organizations to incorporate this understanding into development decisions, particularly in Latin America and Asia. Mandle led development of guidance for the Inter-American Development Bank on integrating natural capital into road planning and investment, and of a decision-support software tool for biodiversity and ecosystem service offsets in Colombia. She has also led trainings around the world on natural capital-based approaches and tools for decision-making.

Green Growth That Works

Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms Around the World

Rapid economic development has been a boon to human well-being. It has lifted millions out of poverty, raised standards of living, and increased life expectancies. But economic development comes at a significant cost to natural capital—the...