Conservation & Sustainable Development

MacArthur's conservation grantmaking aims to preserve ecosystems and species and to promote development that respects the environment. Read our strategy

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Technology Supports Better Forest Management

MacArthur grantee the Carnegie Institution for Science's imaging spectrometer has proven successful in instantly gathering a vast amount of information about unexplored tracts of tropical rainforest. Read More

Coral Collapse Preventable With Newly Identified Process

Using data from coral reef systems across the western Indian Ocean, MacArthur grantee Wildlife Conservation Society and others have identified how overfishing creates a series of big changes on reefs that precipitate a final collapse. Read More

Grantee Organizes Trip to Cuba on Oil Drilling Emergency Preparedness

The Environmental Defense Fund organized a meeting with Cuban authorities and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Bill Reilly to discuss solutions for emergency preparedness in light of trade sanctions. Read More

MacArthur Fund Unveils New Approach to Environmental Grants

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MacArthur Commits $176 Million to Conservation and Sustainable Development, Shares New Strategy

MacArthur announced a new $176-million, ten-year commitment to conservation and sustainable development and a new, broader strategy. Read More
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Conservation & Sustainable Development: Strategy Overview

In 2011, the Foundation launched a new strategy that focuses on one of the most compelling environmental challenges of the 21st century: the conservation of ecosystems. The objective of this strategy is to slow this degradation ...

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Encyclopedia of Life Redesigned and Expanded

The Encyclopedia of Life, which offers information on nearly 700,000 species, launched a redesigned and expanded website. Read More

Map on Coral Reef Systems Bolsters Conservation Efforts

Working in collaboration with other organizations, the Wildlife Conservation Society mapped coral systems and their exposure to stress factors. Read More

New Data on Coral Reef Systems Bolster Conservation Efforts

This report, produced in part by MacArthur grantee the Wildlife Conservation Society, studies the exposure of the world's corals to stress factors and identifies areas where those factors can be locally managed. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Stephanie Platz

Stephanie Platz

Interim Managing Director, International Programs
Portrait of Jorgen Thomsen

Jorgen Thomsen

Director, Conservation & Sustainable Development
Portrait of Kate Barnes

Kate Barnes

Program Officer, Coastal Marine
Portrait of Christopher Holtz

Christopher Holtz

Program Officer, Asia
Portrait of John Watkin

John Watkin

Program Officer, Great Lakes of Africa
Portrait of Elsa Gutierrez

Elsa Gutierrez

Program Administrator

Rossi M. Polenica

Program Assistant
Portrait of Barbara A. Taylor

Barbara A. Taylor

Senior Executive Assistant