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Environment

We support the conservation of natural resources and protection of natural habitats.

Forest, fresh water, marine, and grassland ecosystems are vital to the many peoples who depend on them. We support community-based solutions that help address ecosystem degradation and improve human well-being at scale.

Our Environment domain and its four program areas are currently active in the United States, Canada (British Columbia), Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Angola, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Mongolia, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Timor Leste, and across Micronesia.

Within the United States, our work mostly falls within our grasslands program, which includes a focus on the Northern Great Plains in Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

$58,480,000

Total Granted in 2021

Coastal Ecosystems

Artisanal fishermen in Benoa Harbor, Indonesia measure handline-caught marlin to improve management of local fisheries.

Some of the planet’s greatest concentrations of wildlife and people depend on coral reefs, mangroves, and coastal wetlands for their survival. Our work helps communities in coastal ecosystems develop strategies to sustain themselves in harmony with their environment, particularly in the face of rising sea levels and other climate change impacts.

Freshwater Ecosystems

The Mekong River in Southeast Asia has the second-highest level of aquatic biodiversity in the world, after the Amazon.

With rising stressors on global water supplies, there is growing demand for conservation programs aiding freshwater systems and the biodiversity they support. Our grantmaking focuses on important river basins and the development of sustainable strategies for the communities who depend on these ecosystems to thrive.

Tropical Forests

Tropical forests are the most biodiverse of all terrestrial ecosystems. Sustaining these forests is important for many reasons, including mitigating climate change. Our grantmaking helps communities living in tropical rainforests to develop symbiotic strategies to sustain themselves and their vital forest ecosystems.

Grasslands

Buffalo were returned to a part of the Badlands in South Dakota in 2019.

Grasslands, particularly in temperate climates, are among the most vital and yet most overlooked of Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems. Our grantmaking supports grassland-dependent communities with community-based conservation programs and sustainable strategies to preserve these vanishing ecosystems.