Conservation & Sustainable Development

MacArthur's conservation grantmaking aims to preserve ecosystems and species and to promote development that respects the environment. Read our strategy and the current status of our work

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Building an Encyclopedia of Life

Now two years old, the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), an ambitious effort to create a web page for every known living species, offers public access to more than 150,000 species pages with expert-verified information. Read More

Bay Area Nonprofit Secures $400,000 for Tropical Conservation

The Sebastopol-based nonprofit Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) received the first half of a $400,000 grant from MacArthur this month. Read More

Cambodian Ministry Approves New Legal Protection for Conservation Area

Based on efforts by MacArthur grantee the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Cambodia Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries recently approved new legal protection for the Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area. In 2003, after WCS surveys identified ... Read More


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Stephanie Platz

Managing Director, Programs
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Jorgen Thomsen

Director, Conservation & Sustainable Development
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Kate Barnes

Program Officer, Coastal Marine
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Christopher Holtz

Program Officer, Asia
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Amy Rosenthal

Program Officer, Tropical Andes
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John Watkin

Program Officer, Great Lakes of Africa
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Elsa Gutierrez

Program Administrator
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Barbara A. Taylor

Senior Executive Assistant

Media Contact

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Sean Harder

Communications Officer