Grantee Profile

Wildlife Conservation Society

Grants to Wildlife Conservation Society

  • $650,000Active Strategy

    2016 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is an international conservation organization that works to save wildlife and wild places. WCS’s Global Marine Program works to safeguard eleven globally significant seascapes containing the world’s most threatened marine biodiversity. This award supports applied research on the sustainable use of coral reef fisheries. The work builds on previous social and ecological research that has led to several critical findings: 1) fisheries production is influenced by good management more so than by climate disturbances, 2) unsustainable fishing is associated with changes in fish and reef communities that influence reef health and resilience, and 3) the identification of three climate refugia areas in the Western Indian Ocean: the Kenya-Tanzania border, the Tanzania-Mozambique border, and Northwest Madagascar. Building on these findings, WCS is undertaking a three-year course of work, targeting the three climate refugia areas, to assess the social and ecological processes that affect the sustainable use of reef fisheries. Research findings will be integrated into the conservation and management programs of WCS and its research partners. This research directly benefits WCS’s site-based fisheries management projects by providing the data and analyses required to conduct science-based decision-making, as well as WCS’s regional monitoring efforts.

  • $750,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is an international conservation organization that works to save wildlife and wild places. WCS’s marine program in Madagascar partners with communities in three seascapes, Toliara in the southwest, Nosy Be in the northwest, and Antongil Bay in the northeast, to develop and implement sustainable strategies to reduce threats to coastal wildlife and habitat. This project builds upon the national legal framework for community-led management, to mitigate over-exploitation of fisheries, sustain marine and coastal ecosystems, and improve poor living standards of coastal communities. WCS is working with communities to improve enforcement activities, monitor interventions, and diversify income and livelihoods. While national policies support local fisheries management, capacity in Madagascar remains concentrated within conservation NGOs. This work includes focused training in fisheries management for local government partners and post-graduate scientists.

  • $250,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — Wildlife Conservation Society is a global organization with a long history of science-based work in the Andes targeting the conservation and sustainable use of waters, wetlands, and basins, especially in terms of impacts presented by infrastructure development. This project completes system design and training for regional, science-based management of valuable fisheries in Loreto. As a result, fisheries policies and management are becoming more economically and environmental sustainable and gaining the potential to influence watershed and infrastructure planning in Loreto and management systems across the Peruvian Amazon.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is dedicated to preserving the Earth’s wildlife and wild landscapes and seascapes. The project is engaging government, communities, and key companies to implement strategies to create incentives for conservation action at multiple scales. The intended outcome of the award is reduced pressure from agro-industrial expansion on high biodiversity forest landscapes in Cambodia and Lao PDR.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2015 (Duration 1 year, 11 months)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is dedicated to preserving the Earth’s wildlife and wild landscapes and seascapes. The project is engaging a potentially influential network of conservation champions within government, the media, and high-wealth individuals to encourage greater political commitment at the highest levels of government to combat wildlife trafficking in Vietnam. WCS is also working in partnership with government agencies to execute a more effective wildlife trafficking prevention program. The intended outcome of the project is the disruption of major trafficking networks, which will reduce illegal trade in wildlife in the Lower Mekong and globally.

  • $78,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — WCS will address two key challenges to combating trade of the protected shark and ray species in Indonesia. Activities will include work with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to review early experiences implementing new regulations that ban all hunting and trade of manta rays within Indonesia and identifying key weaknesses limiting its effectiveness; and support MMAF in undertaking test cases against the major shark and ray traders.

  • $500,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society aims to improve fisheries management in the Sunda-Banda Seascape of Indonesia. The project will: (1) strengthen governance and build models of sustainable management of marine protected area (MPA) and Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) networks across two provinces in eastern Indonesia; (2) support innovative management strategies for more than 20 nearshore fisheries; and (3) build the policy, regulatory and economic environments at regional and national levels necessary to support local management efforts.

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society works globally to reduce the rates of wildlife and natural habitat loss and sustain the ecosystem services critical for local people. It has worked quietly and effectively in Ecuador for nearly two decades. This project is directed at strengthening local governance, and incorporating climate-smart conservation strategies into provincial land-use and development plans, and generating an environmental, social, and governance baseline for the Alto Napo Basin watershed.

  • $900,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Duration 2 years, 11 months)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is dedicated to preserving the Earth’s wildlife and wild landscapes and seascapes. The purpose of the grant is to create a “dashboard” of marine indicators for monitoring the state of coastal and marine ecosystems, pressures on them, the effectiveness of conservation responses, and the benefits to coastal communities provided by a healthy and productive ecosystem. It will be deployed in priorities seascapes with an initial emphasis on the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Madagascar.

  • $425,000Active Strategy

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    Conservation & Sustainable Development

    BRONX, NEW YORK — The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is dedicated to preserving the Earth’s wildlife and wild landscapes and seascapes. The purpose of the grant is to plan a global initiative to conserve the world’s sharks and rays. Grant funds will support efforts to design and develop a multi-tiered, collaborative, global strategy that, over the next ten years, aims to secure the future of these vulnerable fishes.

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Wildlife Conservation Society $4,853,000 between 1978 and 2016.

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