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Gretchen C. Daily is the Co-Founder and the Faculty Director of the Stanford Natural Capital Project.

Gretchen C. Daily is the Co-Founder and the Faculty Director of the Stanford Natural Capital Project. The Natural Capital Project is a global partnership whose goal is to integrate the values of nature into planning, policy, finance, and management. Daily is also the Bing Professor of Environmental Science in the Department of Biology at Stanford University, the Director of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford, and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. Daily’s work is focused on understanding human dependence and impacts on nature and the deep societal transformations needed to secure people and Earth’s life-support systems. Her work spans fundamental research and policy-oriented initiatives to open inclusive and green development pathways. She co-develops pragmatic approaches, engaging with governments, multilateral development banks, investors, businesses, farmers and ranchers, communities, and nongovernmental organisations. Together with many colleagues, Daily has published several hundred scientific and popular articles and a dozen books, including ‘Nature’s Services: Societal Dependence on Natural Ecosystems’ (1997), ‘The New Economy of Nature: The Quest to Make Conservation Profitable’ (2002), ‘Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services’ (2011), ‘The Power of Trees’ (2012), ‘One Tree’ (2018), ‘Green Growth That Works: Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms Around the World’ (2019), and ‘Rural Livelihood and Environmental Sustainability in China’ (2020 in English). Daily is a fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. She has received numerous international honours, including the 2020 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, 2017 Blue Planet Prize, 2019 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award, 2012 Volvo Environment Prize, 2010 Midori Prize for Biodiversity, and 2009 International Cosmos Prize.