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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State Department to Analyze the Plan Colombia’s Effect on Amphibians

The Inter-American Association for Environmental Defense is a MacArthur grantee highlighting the environmental and social impacts of mass aerial spraying of herbicides by Plan Colombia, the U.S. and Colombian effort to eradicate illicit drug cultivation ... Read More

Nearly $4 Million for Biodiversity Conservation in Southern Andes

MacArthur announced 18 grants totaling nearly $4 million for efforts to preserve the biological diversity of the Southern Andes region of Peru and Bolivia. Read More

Biodiversity Conservation Efforts in Africa's Albertine Rift Region

MacArthur awarded 13 grants, totaling more than $4 million, in support of conservation efforts in Central Africa. Read More

ENewsletter: MacArthur Invests in China

Contents Investing in China Expanding the Science, Technology, and Security Initiative At Work in China: Snapshots of Organizations Receiving New Grants Related Grants   Investing in China With nearly 1.3 billion people, China is the world ... Read More

Conservation Efforts in the Eastern Himalaya Region

MacArthur has announced 12 grants totaling more than $3.6 million for biodiversity conservation work in the Eastern Himalaya, which stretches nearly 1,000 miles from Nepal to Yunnan Province in China. Read More

Responding to the Tsunami in Asia and Human-Induced Disasters in Africa

The worldwide response to the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunamis in the Indian Ocean has been as heartening as the images from the region are tragic. Like that of so many people and institutions ... Read More

Biodiversity Conservation in the Caribbean

MacArthur has announced 13 grants totaling more than $3.2 million in support of biodiversity conservation work in the islands of the Caribbean. Read More

Protecting the Biodiversity of Madagascar

MacArthur has announced ten grants totaling more than $2.8 million in support of conservation and sustainable development efforts in Madagascar. Read More

Promoting Biodiversity Conservation in the South Pacific

MacArthur has announced a grant of $2 million to the University of the South Pacific (USP) for its Institute of Applied Sciences. Read More

Steve Cornelius Named Conservation And Sustainable Development Program Officer

In his position, Cornelius will contribute to MacArthur's goal of helping to preserve ecosystems and to support local institutions and their international allies for the long-term protection of the regions biodiversity. Read More

Staff

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