MACARTHUR FOUNDATION: Conservation & Sustainable Development

Social Sciences
Latin America

Our geographical focus will be on three regions: the Great Lakes of East Central Africa, the Greater Mekong and its headwaters, and the watersheds of the Andes. Each is a place of high biodiversity, important freshwater service, and carbon-storage value. The Great Lakes and the Mekong were selected because success there would benefit the largest numbers of vulnerable people and because of the high level of threat to the ecosystem. The Watersheds of the Andes were selected because of their remarkable biodiversity values and because low population densities have left the habitat relatively unscathed. Our coastal-marine grantmaking focuses on restoring and protecting coastal and marine biodiversity by reducing the threat of unsustainable nearshore fishing.  Grantmaking will support expanding the application and uptake of effective local fisheries management approaches in four high-biodiversity regions, including Indonesia, The Western Indian Ocean, Melanesia, and the Caribbean.  Our policy grants will target biodiversity conservation at the global scale and reinforce the priorities of our regional work. We will focus on four issues: Climate change mitigation and adaptation; Understanding and influencing China’s consumption patterns and use of natural resources, particularly in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Pacific; Integrating environmental and social considerations into commodities markets, (for example: carbon, timber, oil palm, cotton, and soy); Responding to the overexploitation and illegal use of marine fisheries. View the Conservation & Sustainable Development Program Priorities. - See more at: