The Fund is proud of its efforts to support large-scale, bio-regional initiatives such as protecting Southwestern grasslands, safeguarding marine life, and conserving critical natural resources in the arctic. The Fund sought to expand scientific knowledge of these ecosystems, establish protective policy, build public awareness, and generate additional philanthropic support through funding collaboratives like the High Seas Alliance and the Arctic Funders Network.
Today, the Fund focuses on the following three areas of environmental grant making:
Deep Seabed Protection
To protect the deep ocean, particularly hydrothermal sea vents threatened by deep-sea mining, the Fund identifies large, ecologically important, and representative areas of the world’s deep seabed to be excluded from destructive mining activities, while working to limit such areas from mining and minimize the adverse impacts of mining where it does occur.
Conserving Chilean Patagonia
The Fund aims to preserve Chile’s Patagonian forests by strengthening government oversight and legal protections; identifying and safeguarding areas that currently lack conservation status; and creating protective corridors that link upland parks and preserves to vital near-shore marine ecosystems.
Global Climate Change
Seeking to address global climate change through advocacy and awareness-raising, the Fund supports initiatives to lower greenhouse gas emissions, including international partnerships working to reduce the amount of coal-generated electricity in key emitting countries, and efforts to put a price on carbon in the United States.
Jani Actman of National Geographic reports on not only the consequences of the illegal timber trade, but also the steps that conservation groups are taking to combat against such decimation. This past week, timber conglomerate Lumber Liquidators was handed a mammoth fine after being found guilty of illegal logging. This conviction is the first time […]