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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.

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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.