Conservation & Sustainable Development

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Group Discovers 14 Plant Species New to Nepal

The Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal (ESON), which is supported by MacArthur, has discovered 14 plant species new to the nation. ESON President Dr. Krishna Shrestha and a survey team recorded the status, richness, and diversity of ... Read More

New Madagascar Conservation Map Protects Maximum Number of Species in Biodiversity Hot Spot

An international team of researchers has developed a remarkable new roadmap for finding and protecting the best remaining holdouts for thousands of rare species that live only in Madagascar. Read More

New Species of Elephant-Shrew Discovered in Tanzania

Scientists supported by MacArthur grantee the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund have discovered a new species of elephant-shrew in a remote Tanzanian forest. Read More

2008 WOLA Report Shows Anti-Drug Fumigation in Colombia Failing

Intensive aerial herbicide spraying of coca crops in Colombia has backfired badly, contributing to the spread of coca cultivation and cocaine production to new areas of the country and threatening human health and the environment, according ... Read More

Encyclopedia of Life Unveils First 30,000 Pages

The first 30,000 pages of an online Encyclopedia of Life were unveiled today for public “alpha” testing and feedback. Read More

Agreement Protects Ecological Reserve in Ecuador

Fundacion Maquipucuna, a MacArthur grantee that works to secure sustainable livelihoods for rural communities in northwest Ecuador, recently reached an agreement that will help it protect the 500,000-acre Cotocachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve. Maquipucuna acquired the title ... Read More

11 New Species Found in Vietnam

Eleven new plant and animal species were discovered by scientists of the World Wildlife Fund, a MacArthur grantee, in a remote area of central Vietnam. The new discoveries include a snake, five orchids and two butteries ... Read More

New Area Added to Colombia’s National Parks System

In August, Churumbelos Auka Wasi was added to Colombia’s premier national parks system thanks to the technical assistance of two MacArthur grantees, World Wildlife Fund and the Amazon Conservation Team. Read More

New Species Discovered in Democratic Republic of Congo

An expedition by MacArthur grantee Wildlife Conservation Society to a remote corner of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has uncovered forests containing six new animal species: a bat, a rodent, two shrews, and two frogs. Read More

Applying Science to Dam Construction in Brazil

Research on the ecology of migratory fish species in Peru's Madre de Dios River, stemming from a 2005 MacArthur grant to the University of Florida, caused Brazillian government to temporarily halt dam construction. 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