MacArthur today announced 15 grants totaling more than $3.4 million in support of conservation and sustainable development in the northern Tropical Andes. The new grants invest in research, policy, and practice that help conserve natural and productive ecosystems, and secure their benefits for human well-being in the face of growing threats from climate change and development in the region.
“The Andes region is often referred to as the ‘global epicenter of biodiversity’ and preserving that biodiversity benefits human well-being,” said Jorgen Thomsen, the Foundation’s Director of Conservation and Sustainable Development. “Our grantees are working to balance the demand for economic development in the region with the need to preserve its wide range of precious resources. We’re already seeing effective conservation models coming out of this work that could be applied elsewhere in the world.”
The grants, which will support work in Colombia and Ecuador, represent the third package of support in the Tropical Andes. The Foundation announced a $176 million, ten-year commitment to conservation and sustainable development in March 2011, which includes work in the Andes, the Great Lakes of East Central Africa, the Greater Mekong and its headwaters, and coastal marine programs in the Caribbean Sea, Western Indian Ocean, and Western Pacific Ocean.
The grants are as follows:
The Foundation has supported conservation efforts around the world for more than 25 years and was the first major private foundation to adopt biodiversity conservation as a core component of its international grantmaking.