From the Amazon to the Himalayas, many of the world’s richest terrains are under constant threat by growing global and regional forces. To create real and lasting change, we focus on developing best practices for resource extraction and development, and on targeting highly strategic areas for protection.
Road-building is a major cause of tropical deforestation, opening up forests to a host of ills, including land invasions, timber cutting and burning, and unregulated resource extraction.
Engage the private sector and advocate for sustainable, careful, planned development. Include civil society, indigenous communities, and NGOs to identify negative and positive aspects of development plans, creating improvements to existing projects and ones to come in the future.
Rapid climate change is a global, chronic, and long-term threat to the world’s biodiversity. Areas of vital refuge for many species are being destroyed. No matter what we do about greenhouse gas emissions in the future, climate change is already well underway and its impacts will continue to play out for at least the next half-century.
Focus conservation efforts on “climate change refugia”—places that are rich not only in biodiversity, but also in landscape diversity within relatively small areas. The proximity of many different microclimates, usually along altitudinal gradients, means that a broad range of plant and animal species may be able to migrate to more suitable habitat even within the relatively rapid timeframes of global climate change. Working in these small contained areas allows partners to build protection from all fronts: through legal recognition, by strengthening the capacity of managing institutions, and by working with the communities that draw their livelihoods from the land.
Institutions create and enforce decisions that promote global commerce and drive growth. These decisions can bring well-established negative side effects such as resource degradation, greenhouse gas pollution, and marginalization of communities.
Work with (instead of against) institutions to help solve environmental and social problems. Advocate for groups who develop sustainable solutions to these issues. Communicate solutions to key players who can create positive change within institutions.