Grantee Profile

Wildlife Conservation Society

Grants to Wildlife Conservation Society

  • $900,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 3 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is dedicated to preserving the Earth's wildlife and wild landscapes and seascapes. The purpose of the grant is to create a "dashboard" of marine indicators for monitoring the state of coastal and marine ecosystems, pressures on them, the effectiveness of conservation responses, and the benefits to coastal communities provided by a healthy and productive ecosystem. It will be deployed in priorities seascapes with an initial emphasis on the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Madagascar.

  • $425,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 1 year)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is dedicated to preserving the Earth's wildlife and wild landscapes and seascapes. The purpose of the grant is to plan a global initiative to conserve the world's sharks and rays. Grant funds will support efforts to design and develop a multi-tiered, collaborative, global strategy that, over the next ten years, aims to secure the future of these vulnerable fishes.

  • $600,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 3 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US based NGO whose mission is to save wildlife and wild places around the globe. WCS will quantify the economic value of ecosystem services provided by the Southern Highlands in Tanzania and Nyungwe forest and Rugezi Marsh in Rwanda. Project staff will then demonstrate the costs and benefits of managing biodiversity and natural capital within the context of agricultural and hydropower activities at these sites.

  • $350,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 2 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. With a commitment to protect 25 percent of the world's biodiversity, they address four of the biggest issues facing wildlife and wild places: climate change; natural resource exploitation; the connection between wildlife health and human health; and the sustainable development of human livelihoods. This grant will support efforts to improve the ability of local fishing communities in western Madagascar to effectively participate in local fisheries management, and to strengthen the governance frameworks that enable them to do so.

  • $950,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 3 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) works in the Fiji's he Vatu-i-Ra Seascape to conserve marine biodiversity and sustain fisheries productivity. The seascape encompasses 7,500 square miles of forests, mangroves, seagrass beds, reefs, deep channels, and seamounts. It is one of the Pacific's last great wild places. Fisheries are a major source of food and income to these communities. However, growing pressures on the seascape from unsustainable fishing to logging and expanding agricultural activities combine to threaten its forests, rivers, and reefs as well as the vital connections between them and the services they provide to human and wildlife communities. The grant will support expanding and strengthening local level management; developing provincial level coastal management plans; and strengthening the scientific understanding of the effectiveness of these and other management interventions. The goal is to strengthen resilience of this coastal marine ecosystem to the effects of climate change and other pressures and improve the quality and abundance of marine resources for Fiji's people and economy.

  • $350,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Duration 3 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a global organization with a long history of science-based biodiversity conservation work in the Andes, where it directs significant attention to the role of indigenous peoples in management and sustainable use of watersheds and forests. The grant will strengthen the capacity of Tacana and Lecos Apolo Indigenous Peoples to address pressing threats associated with development policies and projects, and to craft and widely disseminate a strong narrative that expands appreciation by a broader society of the benefits that accrue from Indigenous land management.

  • $320,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Duration 3 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — Wildlife Conservation Society is a global organization with a long history of science-based work in the Andes targeting the conservation and sustainable use of waters, wetlands, and basins, especially in terms of impacts presented by infrastructure development. This project will develop and support implementation of a policy framework for managing valuable fisheries in the Peruvian Amazon by analyzing all fisheries data in Loreto Department and quantifying catches by location. It will also establish a wetlands classification scheme, and develop models of impacts of infrastructure on aquatic ecosystems at the large basin scale.

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    None

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society's Arctic Beringia Program works to advance wildlife conservation amid a rapidly changing climate and expanding energy development in Arctic Beringia. Wildlife Conservation Society will conduct an assessment of the most critical needs and opportunities for conservation in Arctic Beringia. This grant will produce an assessment of key opportunities and strategies for conserving Arctic Beringia, and include case studies based on programmatic activities in the region to demonstrate how an approach functions in practice.

  • $665,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Duration 3 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society's Global Marine Program works to safeguard eleven globally significant seascapes containing the world's most threatened marine biodiversity. The grant will support activities to address key issues that currently limit adoption of locally appropriate strategies for sustaining coral reefs in the presence of climate change. WCS will refine the scale and predictive power of its current global climate stress model, broadening the applicability of the model beyond the Western Indian Ocean. The model will inform better adaptation decisions to avoid worsening environmental conditions and exacerbating poverty. The results of these models will be incorporated into national and local marine spatial planning processes.

  • $850,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Duration 3 years)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society will develop knowledge and tools to strengthen environmental governance in Cambodia and Laos and encourage government and private sector actors involved in agro-industrial development to shift policies and practices in ways that reduce pressures on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Agro-industrial plantations are expanding rapidly in Cambodia and Laos. Much of this development has degraded natural resources and ecosystems upon which local people have depended, and caused local people to be denied access to, or displaced from, areas over which they historically have exercised rights. The rapid growth of agro-industrial concessions threatens to undo many past conservation successes and is becoming a defining issue for conservation in the region. WCS will investigate the patterns of investment in this sector, including documenting the companies developing the agro-industry sector (from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and China), and their joint venture partners in Cambodia and Laos.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Wildlife Conservation Society $5,610,000 between 2003 and 2014.

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