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Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

Great Bear Rainforest revenue sharing agreements signed with First Nations

Vancouver Sun December 11, 2009

Two December 2009 Vancouver Sun stories outline the next step in linking community benefits to the conservation economy of the Great Bear Rainforest.  

The Great Bear Rainforest agreement explicitly included protected areas designations, ecosystem-based management commitments, and funding for conservation management and economic development. It also set off negotiations around revenue sharing ...

Special Projects in Environmental Conservation

Seeing the forest through the cloud

By Rebecca Moore and Amy Luers Blog December 10, 2009

In close partnership with Google, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation seeks to help deploy an accessible platform for distributing critical data, information, and analysis tools to the global community, in order to monitor and improve how we manage the Earth’s environment. At the International Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen,’s ...


Creating conservation communities

By Elizabeth Hightower Outside November 1, 2009

In May and June 2004, scientists from the Nature Conservancy ran a Rapid Ecological Assessment of the Solomon Islands. For 35 days, they cruised 2,000 miles down the 950-island archipelago in their liveaboard dive ship, counting spinner dolphins and clownfish, Maori wrasses and beaked whales. The place was an astonishing hot ...

Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative

Prescription for success: don't bother nurses

By Victoria Colliver San Francisco Chronicle October 28, 2009

Through funding to the UCSF Center for the Health Professions, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation supported the creation and development of the Integrated Nurse Leadership Program (INLP), a forum for frontline caregivers that works to improve patient safety by fostering nurses’ leadership and change management skills.  In a story ...

Andes-Amazon Initiative

Climate: counting carbon in the Amazon

By Jeff Tollefson Nature October 21, 2009

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded the Carnegie Institution of Washington a series of grants to improve remote sensing methods for identifying baseline forest conditions and implementing forest monitoring across the Andes Amazon region. This funding has supported Greg Asner and his team in developing the new Airborne Taxonomic ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Dead zones: mysteries of ocean die-offs revealed

National Science Foundation October 8, 2009
In late 2008, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded a grant to Oregon State University to investigate the history of oxygenation and microbial activities in seasonal oxygen minimum zone environments off the coasts of Oregon and Chile. Instrumental to the project is the use of underwater gliders that measure ...
Marine Conservation Initiative

Broad ocean conservation goals pose significant new challenges

By Allison Winter of Greenwire New York Times September 19, 2009

A comprehensive new ocean management plan proposed yesterday by the Obama administration aims to make sweeping changes in federal management and set ocean conservation as a top national priority. But translating those lofty goals into new approaches in agency management for land and water resources may prove difficult, ocean experts ...

Marine Microbiology Initiative

Dungeons and Darwins

By Ari Daniel Shapiro Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence August 8, 2009

Through support for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, researcher Mick Follows uses computational modeling to study virtual ecosystems, integrating marine microbial genomic information, ocean circulation patterns, and geochemical cycles in an effort to mimic natural selection. Ari Shapiro reports by podcast.

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Marine Conservation Initiative

Letter to the editor: taking stock of the seas

Philanthropy Magazine August 1, 2009

In February 2009, Philanthropy Magazine published a story on the role private donors have played in helping to shift fisheries management towards long-term sustainability—for both the oceans and the people who depend on them. Meaghan Calcari, Program Officer for the Foundation’s Marine Conservation Initiative, offers some additional thoughts in a ...

Wild Salmon Ecosystems Initiative

New hope for fisheries: overfishing reduced in several regions around the world

Science Daily July 31, 2009

With funding from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, researchers including Boris Worm of Dalhousie University and Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington have found that sound fisheries management can successfully rebuild fish stocks. The paper was published in ...