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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New Area Added to Colombia’s National Parks System

In August, Churumbelos Auka Wasi was added to Colombia’s premier national parks system thanks to the technical assistance of two MacArthur grantees, World Wildlife Fund and the Amazon Conservation Team.

New Species Discovered in Democratic Republic of Congo

An expedition by MacArthur grantee Wildlife Conservation Society to a remote corner of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has uncovered forests containing six new animal species: a bat, a rodent, two shrews, and two frogs.

Applying Science to Dam Construction in Brazil

Research on the ecology of migratory fish species in Peru's Madre de Dios River, stemming from a 2005 MacArthur grant to the University of Florida, caused Brazillian government to temporarily halt dam construction.

New Commission to Pave Course for Tomorrow's International Development Policy Leaders

In an effort to bolster the leadership and training of international development professionals, a new MacArthur-supported commission will examine how the next generation of leaders can be better prepared to tackle complex challenges.

A Leap for All Life: World's Leading Scientists Announce Creation of "Encyclopedia of Life"

Leading scientific institutions announced the launch of the Encyclopedia of Life, a global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on earth.

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, Encyclopedia of Life Launch Event, National Press Club, Washington, DC, May 9, 2007

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton announced a $20 million grant to create the Encyclopedia of Life, which aims to catalogue every living species of animal.

MacArthur to Assess Climate Change Threats and Fund Responses

Recognizing that global warming is occurring and threatens biodiversity conservation, MacArthur will make an initial investment of $5 million over three years to identify and mitigate the threat from global climate change.

Remarks by Jonathan Fanton, World Resources Institute 25th Anniversary Dinner

MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton reflects on the Foundation's long history of support for the WRI and notes the addition of climate change concerns to MacArthur's conservation grantmaking.

Framework Helps Protect the Eastern Himalaya

Increasing prospects for safeguarding of the natural and cultural resources of the Kangchenjunga Landscape in the Eastern Himalaya, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development produced a framework for regional cooperation between Bhutan, India, and Nepal.

New Online Portal Expands Access to Scientific Material in the Developing World

In late October, the United Nations launched a new online portal that will make collections of scholarly environmental science journals available to scientists, researchers, and policymakers in 108 developing countries. Called the Online Access to Research ...

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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

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Sean Harder

Communications Officer

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Chantell Johnson

Managing Director, Evaluation
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