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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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

New Commission to Pave Course for Tomorrow's International Development Policy Leaders

In an effort to bolster the leadership and training of international development professionals, a new MacArthur-supported commission will examine how the next generation of leaders can be better prepared to tackle complex challenges. Read More

A Leap for All Life: World's Leading Scientists Announce Creation of "Encyclopedia of Life"

Leading scientific institutions announced the launch of the Encyclopedia of Life, a global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on earth. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, Encyclopedia of Life Launch Event, National Press Club, Washington, DC, May 9, 2007

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announced a $20 million grant to create the Encyclopedia of Life, which aims to catalogue every living species of animal. Read More

MacArthur to Assess Climate Change Threats and Fund Responses

Recognizing that global warming is occurring and threatens biodiversity conservation, MacArthur will make an initial investment of $5 million over three years to identify and mitigate the threat from global climate change. Read More

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, World Resources Institute 25th Anniversary Dinner

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton reflects on the Foundation's long history of support for the WRI and notes the addition of climate change concerns to MacArthur's conservation grantmaking. Read More

Framework Helps Protect the Eastern Himalaya

Increasing prospects for safeguarding of the natural and cultural resources of the Kangchenjunga Landscape in the Eastern Himalaya, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development produced a framework for regional cooperation between Bhutan, India, and Nepal. Read More

New Online Portal Expands Access to Scientific Material in the Developing World

In late October, the United Nations launched a new online portal that will make collections of scholarly environmental science journals available to scientists, researchers, and policymakers in 108 developing countries. Called the Online Access to Research ... Read More

Field Museum Receives $5 Million Grant from MacArthur

MacArthur has granted The Field Museum $5 million to strengthen and broaden the Museum’s work in conservation. Read More

India Adopts CFI Recommendations for Community Forest Management

India's Ministry of Environment and Forests has announced that it will adopt a series of recommendations developed by MacArthur grantee Community Forestry International for improved forest management in the Northeast region of the country. 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, Conservation and Sustainable Development (Coastal Marine)
Portrait of Stephen E. Cornelius

Stephen E. Cornelius

Program Officer, Conservation and Sustainable Development (Latin America)
Portrait of Christopher Holtz

Christopher Holtz

Program Officer, Conservation and Sustainable Development (Asia)
Portrait of John Watkin

John Watkin

Program Officer, Conservation & Sustainable Development (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