Grantee Profile

NatureServe

Grants to NatureServe

  • $1,100,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization with a mission to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. Through a 2012 grant, NatureServe developed a fully functional Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard – a web portal providing conservation monitoring information and baselines for multiple indicators in three regions: the Mekong Basin, the African Great Lakes, and the Tropical Andes. This award advances the functionality of the Dashboard globally and extends its use in key countries and regions. More specifically, NatureServe will replicate the success of the Cambodia country-level dashboard in the Tropical Andes and the Great Lakes of East Central Africa. Additional outcomes from the award include continued experimentation with counterfactual analyses; development of mobile applications to access the Dashboard; and a formal launch at the World Conservation Congress in 2016.

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs and conservation data centers are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. This award will allow NatureServe to conduct a needs assessment for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s marine monitoring program, and recommend data management tools that support systematic monitoring of fisheries, livelihood, and marine biodiversity indicators in Melanesia, Madagascar, Indonesia, and the Caribbean. This work supports efforts to rigorously monitor the impact of fisheries reform on marine biodiversity in the four geographic priority regions of the Conservation and Sustainable Development program’s coastal-marine initiative.

  • $190,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — NatureServe provides scientific information that mainstreams biodiversity conservation in traditional land use planning processes, as well as in climate, infrastructure and natural resource development initiatives. It received a MACEI award from the Foundation in 2014. The purpose of this project is to gather key information that allows analyses of the success investments are having in influencing biodiversity trends. The monitoring data gathered will be disseminated through a novel biodiversity indicators Dashboard currently being developed by NatureServe for MacArthur to support visualization of biodiversity indicators designed to enable tracking of biodiversity and conservation performance data in a clear, online, user-friendly format.

  • $1,000,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — NatureServe’s mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. It collects, analyzes, and makes available information about natural ecosystems for decision-makers to manage lands for human wellbeing and biodiversity. The MACEI grant will allow NatureServe to create an innovation fund designed to seed high impact interventions among NatureServe's network membership and fill data gaps in core data sets that support all aspects of their work. The remainder will be used for a more robust website to strengthen its use as a data portal, and strategic communications and public outreach.

  • $155,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — NatureServe delivers information and analysis from a network of data centers and natural heritage programs that provide a scientific basis for effective conservation action. The overall purpose of this grant is to help conservation organizations incorporate consideration of climate change into their normal planning and management activities through vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning training courses in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

  • $1,456,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The grant will turn a static proof of concept regional conservation assessment framework developed in a 2010 grant into a dynamic information system that will allow new data to be uploaded, including from partners in three regions, and analytical tools to be created and used for analysis and communication. NatureServe refers to this collection of synthesized data, analytical tools, and visualization systems as the “dashboard assessment.” NatureServe and its national and global partners will move the proof of concept into dynamic operation, through three global objectives: 1) Develop the digital information architecture necessary to allow data uploading from local and national sources, regional aggregation, quality control, and public reporting; 2) Provide scientific analysis of the data to provide insight into the impact of conservation actions. 3) Support other CSD grantees and partners in strengthening national/regional capacity for data upload information the dashboards, building from the insight received in earlier phases.

  • $44,000Active Strategy

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The project is designed to sustain key NatureServe activities from the concluding “proof of concept” phase in the development of the dashboards assessment framework to an operational second phase. Under Phase II, NatureServe and its national and global partners will move the proof of concept into dynamic operation, through three global objectives: 1) Develop the digital information architecture necessary to allow national input and ownership, regional aggregation and quality control, and public reporting and dissemination of data and analyses; 2) Provide scientific analysis of the data, in particular to provide insight into the benefits of conservation actions; 3) Support regional and national partners, including CSD grantees, in strengthening locally driven monitoring programs for data upload into the dashboards.

  • $275,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — To identify priority watersheds in the tropical Andes for conservation investments (over 18 months).

  • $260,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — To evaluate lessons learned and the future direction in climate change adaptation investment (over two years).

  • $310,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — To assess the status of ecosystems and conservation trends in the Tropical Andes, Great Lakes of East Central Africa, and the Greater Mekong and its headwaters.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded NatureServe $4,890,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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