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Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) is a free and open-source software suite to inform and improve natural resource management and investment decisions. InVEST quantifies, maps, and values the goods and services from nature that contribute to sustaining and fulfilling human life.
InVEST's modular toolset enables users to quantify, visualize and compare the delivery of key ecosystem services under different scenarios of land, water, and marine uses. Outputs describe natural resources in terms of their biophysical supply, the service they provide humans, or their projected socioeconomic value. These outputs provide a framework for governments, corporations, development banks, conservation organizations and other decision makers to evaluate the impacts of their decisions on the environment and on human well-being.