Conservation & Sustainable Development

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

What's New


Encyclopedia of Life Redesigned and Expanded

The Encyclopedia of Life, which offers information on nearly 700,000 species, launched a redesigned and expanded website.

Map on Coral Reef Systems Bolsters Conservation Efforts

Working in collaboration with other organizations, the Wildlife Conservation Society mapped coral systems and their exposure to stress factors.

New Data on Coral Reef Systems Bolster Conservation Efforts

This report, produced in part by MacArthur grantee the Wildlife Conservation Society, studies the exposure of the world's corals to stress factors and identifies areas where those factors can be locally managed.

Study Shows Significant Economic Value of Jamaica’s Threatened Coral Reefs

Tourism, fisheries, and shoreline protection represent just three of the many culturally and economically important services reef ecosystems provide in Jamaica, according to a MacArthur-supported report.

Saving Coral Reefs

From CNN

Modern Fish Communities Live Fast and Die Young Due to Overfishing

Fishing pressures have created fish communities that contain more species with shorter life spans, faster growth rates, smaller average sizes, and fewer top predators, according to a new MacArthur-supported study by the Wildlife Conservation Society that ...

Vulture Census in Cambodia to Monitor Critically Endangered Species

The Wildlife Conservation Society, a MacArthur grantee, and other members of the Cambodia Vulture Conservation Project are conducting their annual census to evaluate how vultures are faring against threats like pesticides and habitat loss.

New Book Draws on Conservation Grantee's Assessment

"Climate Change Effects on the Biodiversity of the Tropical Andes" draws on MacArthur-supported work by the Inter-American Instute for Global Change Research to offer an integrative analysis of climate change and biodiversity in the tropical Andes.

Yale Environment 360 Web Film Nominated for Academy Award

"The Warriors of Qiugang," a film co-produced by MacArthur grantee Yale Environment 360 and showing exclusively on its website, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary (short subject).


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