Conservation & Sustainable Development

Preserving ecosystems and species, and promoting development that respects the environment. Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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Working in the Himalayas to Prevent Disastrous Flooding

From the New York Times

New Regional Bloc in Pipeline as Saarc Summit Kicks Off

From the Times of India

Book Confronts Challenges Posed by Climate Change

Adapting to a Changing Environment: Confronting the Consequences of Climate Change provides governments, scientists, and managers with a framework for tackling the subject.

Technology Supports Better Forest Management

MacArthur grantee the Carnegie Institution for Science's imaging spectrometer has proven successful in instantly gathering a vast amount of information about unexplored tracts of tropical rainforest.

Coral Collapse Preventable With Newly Identified Process

Using data from coral reef systems across the western Indian Ocean, MacArthur grantee Wildlife Conservation Society and others have identified how overfishing creates a series of big changes on reefs that precipitate a final collapse.

Grantee Organizes Trip to Cuba on Oil Drilling Emergency Preparedness

The Environmental Defense Fund organized a meeting with Cuban authorities and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Bill Reilly to discuss solutions for emergency preparedness in light of trade sanctions.

MacArthur Fund Unveils New Approach to Environmental Grants

From the Chronicle of Philanthropy
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MacArthur Commits $176 Million to Conservation and Sustainable Development, Shares New Strategy

MacArthur announced a new $176-million, ten-year commitment to conservation and sustainable development and a new, broader strategy.
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Conservation & Sustainable Development: Strategy Overview

In 2011, the Foundation launched a new strategy that focuses on one of the most compelling environmental challenges of the 21st century: the conservation of ecosystems. The objective of this strategy is to slow this degradation ...


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Stephanie Platz

Managing Director, Programs
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Kate Barnes

Senior Program Officer
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Claire Poelking

Program Associate
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Elsa Leon

Grants Manager

Media Contact

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Sean Harder

Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Chantell Johnson

Managing Director, Evaluation