2019 • 1 year, 6 months
The mission of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, EDF finds practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems that span the biosphere: climate, oceans, ecosystems, and health. This project is building a record of methane emissions based on the best available science, which bolsters legal challenges to federal rollbacks and lays the groundwork to advance methane regulation with a future administration. It is also creating pressure on companies to employ responsible practices and it reinforces efforts to adopt strong methane rules in New Mexico.
2019 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) works to create solutions that let nature and people prosper. EDF's Oceans program operates in Cuba to end overfishing, rebuild stocks, improve economic conditions of fisher communities, and protect biologically diverse habitats. Finfish fisheries are critical for Cuba's food security, and are essential to the health of coastal systems, but are notoriously challenging to manage in the tropics due to the variety of species present that are targeted by fishers. These fisheries are declining, and multi-species management is needed to achieve the long-term sustainability that will support food production and jobs in many coastal communities. To address this problem, the Cuban Ministry of the Food Industry (MINAL) and EDF are coordinating a new three year project, with this award supporting EDF's participation. Using a multi-species management approach called 'fish baskets', this collaboration supports the implementation of Cuba's recently adopted national fisheries law by bringing institutions and stakeholders together to develop management plans for finfish fisheries to put Cuba's fisheries on the path to recovery and sustainability.
2018 • 3 years • Climate Solutions
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) applies science and economics to identify practical solutions to some of the most serious environmental problems. The is one of several foreign organizations working with the Chinese government on refining and implementing the nation's carbon emissions trading platform. Initially, the market will only include emissions from the power sector, which represent approximately one third of the country's total carbon emissions and would make it the world's largest carbon market. China plans over the next several years, based on its experiences with the power sector, to expand the national carbon emissions trading system to cover more areas of its economy. With this award, EDF is providing technical training and support for key power sector stakeholders on testing and assessing a carbon emissions trading platform.
2018 • 1 year, 5 months • Climate Solutions
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is guided by science and economics to identify practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. This award supports EDF and Government of India's National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to develop a comprehensive knowledge repository on air pollution studies in India. The repository fills a critical information gap for multiple actors engaged in achieving the goal of ambient air quality in India. It builds local capacity to gather, interpret and disseminate data that will inform policy makers and practitioners as they take action to improve air quality.
2017 • 3 years
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is guided by science and economics to identify practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. In partnership with The Nature Conservancy, EDF is embarking on a concerted effort over the next two federal election cycles to engage a broad cross-section of voters to forge the necessary coalitions and political base for durable action on climate policy by state legislatures and Congress. The Foundation's award ensures that EDF can engage fully in the partnership in order to make action on climate change a central, rather than peripheral, political issue for targeted constituencies. Critical to U.S. leadership on addressing climate change and its role in ensuring that developing countries, particularly China and India, meet their 2025 carbon emissions reduction targets, is, among other things, a robust and well-informed political debate across the state and federal governments about the dangers climate change poses and the ways to limit its negative impacts.
2017 • 1 year • Conservation & Sustainable Development
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) works to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends by focusing on the most critical environmental problems. Their Oceans Program works to restore fisheries, protect critical habitat, and improve markets for sustainable seafood. EDF launched its Indonesia country program in 2013, encouraging a promising partnership with Conservation International (CI) in the Birds Head Seascape. With a strong marine protected area network in place in the seascape, the communities that are responsible for stewarding their coastal resources now need to develop and implement a fisheries management plan that will ensure they can fish sustainably in to the future. This one-year award allows EDF to combine its expertise on rights-based fisheries management with CI's community partnerships in the seascape, to begin developing an integrated fisheries management plan for Kaimana.
2017 • 3 years
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is guided by science and economics to identify practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. The first phase of this project built a comprehensive federal framework for methane reduction. Although now challenged by the Trump Administration, the momentum in key states is strong and EDF has laid a strong foundation to continue to make progress despite the dramatic political shift federally. The second phase of the project is driving progress toward a reduction in U.S. oil and gas methane emissions 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025. Reductions at this scale are producing the same 20-year climate benefit as closing 89 coal-fired power plants.
2016 • 1 year • Climate Solutions
The Environmental Defense Fund is guided by science and economics to identify practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. This project is producing an in-depth scoping study on air quality and market-based mechanisms to manage conventional air pollutants in India. The scoping study includes a landscape analysis of players, stakeholders and organizations, as well as the state of atmospheric monitoring, reporting and analysis. The project is designed to identify existing laws, regulations, and responsibilities that are critical to developing an atmospheric pollution-based climate strategy in India. This includes determining how laws are enforced; whether the system of regulations is flexible; whether incentives to sources are properly aligned; and if the right level of resources are allocated to address the air quality problem. The project is also assessing the availability of fundamental data concerning air pollution and energy use, and is identifying existing air quality, energy, and economic modeling.
2016 • 1 year, 1 month • Climate Solutions
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is guided by science and economics to identify practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF is developing a strategic blueprint for promoting carbon pricing globally. At the core of the blueprint is a Carbon Pricing Hub, created in close partnership with the International Emission Trading Association, which convenes and supports bottom-up stakeholder coalitions to advocate for well-designed market-based climate policies. The Hub engages and empowers business and civil society champions on the ground.
2016 • 3 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) works to create solutions that let nature and people prosper. Their Oceans program operates in Cuba to end overfishing, rebuild stocks, improve economic conditions of fisher communities, and protect biologically diverse habitats. This three-year grant allows EDF to build on the momentum in Cuba to expand community-based fisheries approaches. The project has four objectives: 1) assess the challenges facing Cuba's fisheries and provide technical support to overcome them, 2) establish proof points to demonstrate how Cuba can solve its fisheries problems, 3) build a policy and management environment that supports scaling solutions, and 4) develop a national learning network to expand awareness and best practices about community-based conservation approaches.