Grantee Profile

Natural Heritage Institute

Grants to Natural Heritage Institute

  • $600,000

    2017 (Duration 1 year)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — The Natural Heritage Institute (NHI) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to restoring and preserving natural functions in major river basins. Its work in the Mekong is focused on transforming the hydropower development plans for the entire Mekong River basin by highlighting alternatives for siting, designing and operating proposed hydropower projects. If implemented systematically, these alternatives will maximize the current flows of water, sediments and nutrients and contribute to maintaining its extraordinary biological productivity. This award completes NHI’s planned work in Laos and Cambodia by finalizing development scenarios to keep the last unobstructed remnant of the entire Mekong River system – the Xe Kong tributary – running freely from the headwaters to the sea.

  • $500,000

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — The Natural Heritage Institute’s (NHI) mission is to protect and rehabilitate major river systems that are impacted by dams. The grant supports their efforts to transform hydropower development plans in the Mekong river system by highlighting alternatives for siting, designing and operating existing and proposed dams. If implemented systematically, these alternatives will maximize the current flows of water, sediments and nutrients and contribute to maintaining the Mekong’s extraordinary biological productivity.

  • $135,000

    2010 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — To produce an animated video for the Global Dam Re-optimization Initiative.

  • $100,000

    2006 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — In support of the development of an open source tool to scale up the Global Initiative to Reoptimize Major Water Management Systems to Restore Aquatic Ecosystems and Environmental Services.

  • $250,000

    2006 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — In support of the Global Initiative to Re-optimize Major Water Management Systems to Restore Aquatic Ecosystems and Environmental Services.

  • $360,000

    2004 (Inactive Grant)

    Technology

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — In support of a global survey of the opportunities to restore aquatic ecosystems disturbed by dam construction (over 18 months).

  • $40,000

    2003 (Inactive Grant)

    Human Rights

    SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — To develop a model mechanism for monitoring resource flows in the Niger Delta through community trust funds.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Natural Heritage Institute $1,985,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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