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Supporting breakthrough innovations in environmental conservation

Special Projects

We seek opportunities to support innovative new approaches to solve intractable conservation challenges.

New ideas come from many directions. In conservation work, solutions may emerge from technology innovation, unprecedented partnerships or collaborations, or fresh perspectives from other disciplines such as economics or behavioral science.

In addition to large-scale, long-term initiatives, we back bold ideas that can have a transformative effect on complex environmental issues.

These projects include:

  • Developing new insights, research tools and methods in environmental science
  • Supporting sustainable land use in unique and irreplaceable sites
  • Fostering economic, social and policy changes that enable lasting environmental conservation

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Recent Grants

$250,000.00 Oct 2014 Freshwater Institute Conservation Fund
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Courtesy of Eleanor Briggs/Wildlife Conservation Society


Jennifer Rea, Program Associate, Environmental Conservation

Jennifer provides strategic, research and operational support for managing Environmental Conservation grant portfolios and projects beyond the program’s initiatives, primarily focusing on conser…

Heather Wright, Program Officer, Environmental Conservation

Heather manages a portfolio oriented toward mainstreaming ecosystem services in natural resource decision-making. A significant piece of her work is focused on forest conservation and land use that ai…