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Collective impact for conservation

By Larry Linden & Guillermo Castilleja June 16, 2014

On May 21, 2014, the government of Brazil and multiple public and private funders signed a deal that commits $215 million to help secure the durability of the world’s largest system of tropical forest protected areas. This single closing involved actions, funding, and commitments from organizations in both the public ...

Amazon farmers adapt to life as conservationists

By Joe Leahy in São Paulo Financial Times May 31, 2014
With his caipira accent from Brazil’s interior, Wilson Wittman, a dairy farmer originally from Brazil’s south, may seem an unlikely saviour for the Amazon.

But the work at his property near the town of Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso state, is part of efforts to make farming in the Amazon more ...

$215 million fund to protect Brazilian Amazon rainforest launched

The Brazilian government, World Wildlife Fund, and their partners have announced the launch of a $215 million fund that aims to ensure the long-term protection of a hundred and fifty million acres of the Amazon rainforest.

Designed to provide a "transition fund" for the Brazilian government's Amazon Region Protected ...

Brazil, WWF and partners announce deal to secure world’s largest network of tropical forest protected areas

WWF May 21, 2014
In a historic move, the Brazilian government, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and partners today announced the creation of a $215 million fund to ensure long-term protection of the world’s largest network of protected areas – 150 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. 

The innovative plan for sustainable funding of ...

It's a jungle out there

By Carter Roberts, President and CEO of WWF Foreign Affairs May 21, 2014
Brazil-watchers preoccupied with the rocky run-up to the World Cup may have missed a recent move as smart and graceful as any you’ll see on a soccer pitch -- one that sealed a huge win not just for Brazilians but for everyone on Earth.

On May 21, the Brazilian government ...
Patient and Family Engagement

The patient's role in achieving value

We can't do it without them. To improve health outcomes and reduce wasteful spending, patients must be actively engaged in monitoring their health status and making decisions about their care.

For some healthcare leaders, actively involving patients in their care has always been a priority. But as health systems seek ...

Brazil’s ranchers shun chainsaws in renewed effort to boost yields

By Joseph Leahy Financial Times May 15, 2014
Rancher Francisco Militão Matheus Brito shows off a herd of cattle, their brilliantine coats a sign of their health as they feast on an Amazonian pasture.

Alta Floresta, a municipality in the north of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state, whose ranches border the remainder of the untouched Amazon forest, is a ...

Reimagining the chemistry set for the 21st Century

By Kumar Garg and Cristin Dorgelo White House OSTP May 7, 2014

Inspiration and preparation are critical themes at the forefront of the Obama Administration’s ambitious national science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education agenda. The Administration has made it a priority to ensure that all young people are prepared with a strong foundation in STEM that they can use in both ...

PNA and Pew announce satellite tracking project for thousands of tuna FADs in PNA waters

SeafoodNews.com April 29, 2014

There are  tens of thousands of fish aggregating devices floating on the ocean’s surface in the Western and Central Pacific.  
 
Fishermen observed that free-floating natural objects attracted schools of tuna, and they rapidly adopted the practice of using man-made fish aggregating devices. In fact, almost all purse seine ...

Framework emerges to build the business case for natural capital

By Elsa Wenzel GreenBiz.com April 29, 2014

The Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase have a bold goal: Raise $1 billion over the next three years toward projects that protect agriculture, fisheries, water and land. These power brokers in conservation and finance seek nothing less than to create a mainstream market for investment in ecological conservation.

The Nature ...