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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Sustainable Coastal Communities in Dominican Republic

AgroFrontera, a nonprofit sustainable development organization in the Dominican Republic, is partnering with the MacArthur-supported Counterpart International to turn around farming and fishing practices that have had grave environmental impacts on Montecristi National Park. Read More
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Himalayan Sherpas Impacted by Climate Change

Himalayan Sherpas in the Everest region of Nepal are aware of local changes occurring as a result of climate change, but continue to be excluded from local, national and international discussions on the issue, according to ... Read More
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Improved Fish Trap Reduces Bycatch in Africa

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Kenyan Marine and Fisheries Research Institute have built a better fish trap, which keeps valuable fish in while letting young fish and non-target species out. Read More
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Forest Monitoring Tools Now Available to Public

Advanced forest monitoring tools designed to assist in forest conservation decisions are now available to the public free of charge, putting the ability to monitor forests into the hands of anyone, anywhere in the world. Read More
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Cuba's Fishing Communities Employ Sustainable Practices

A new emphasis is being put on conservation by authorizing the use of fishing cooperatives, and exploring a new law that would enact science-based catch limits and reduce illegal fishing. Read More
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Ecologist Explains How He Maps Ecosystems

From the air, ecologist Greg Asner's mapping technology produces detailed, complex pictures of how human activity affects our ecosystems. Read More
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Rediscovery of 'Asian Unicorn' Raises Hopes Among Conservationists

The saola, one of the rarest and most threatened mammals on the planet, was photographed for the first time in 15 years in Vietnam by a camera trap set by the World Wildlife Fund. 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