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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"Scientists Sound Alarm on Climate"

The New York Times
Related Grantee: Rockefeller Family Fund
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Seeds of Resilience in Bolivia

A short documentary about a Democracy Center research trip to the rural highlands of Bolivia shows that climate change is having tangible impacts on people's daily lives there. Read More
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The Freedom to Choose: Empowering Communities to Live With the Sea

From supporting biodiversity conservation to improving reproductive health, watch Blue Ventures' integrated Population-Health-Environment (PHE) approach in action in this short film. Read More
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Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding

Water and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding shows how shared waters prove to be a natural resource with great potential for interstate cooperation and rebuilding trust after conflict. Read More
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Indonesia Declares Largest Manta Ray Sanctuary in the World

Indonesia has granted full-protected status to its manta ray populations within the waters of its exclusive economic zone, effectively creating a 6 million square kilometer manta ray sanctuary. Read More
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7 Nonprofits Recognized for Exceptional Creativity and Effectiveness, Awarded Up to $1 Million Each

The Award, which recognizes exceptional grantees and helps ensure their long-term sustainability, provides each organization with up to $1 million, depending on the size of its budget. Read More
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NatureServe

A recipient of the 2014 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the NatureServe is providing the science for effective conservation of our environment. Watch
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Cambodia Creates New Protected Forest

The government of Cambodia has classified nearly 67,000 hectares as protected forest, creating a unique important bird and biodiversity area now known as the Siem Pang Protected Forest. Read More
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Database Helps Uganda Fight Wildlife Crime in Real-time

A database that tracks offenders of wildlife crime in real-time across Uganda will enable better monitoring of arrests and identification of repeat offenders. 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
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Barbara A. Taylor

Senior Executive Assistant