Projects We Support

Net Impact


Protecting Indigenous Lands of the Amazon

Amazon Watch’s mission is to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin, supporting indigenous-led initiatives in protecting more than 60 million acres of rainforest from oil development and mega-dams.

Smartphone Monitoring in Liberian Rainforests

This grant supports Goldman Prize winner Silas Siakor who is working to protect Liberia’s rainforest from logging using innovative smartphone technology that empowers communities to monitor and report illegal deforestation activities.

Sanctuary in Aceh, Indonesia

This grant supports Goldman Prize winner Rudi Putra’s efforts to create a wildlife sanctuary in the Leuser Ecosystem of Aceh on the island of Sumatra, the last place where orangutans, rhinos, elephants, and tigers still roam together in the wild.

Restoring Degraded Coasts in Somalia

This grant supports Goldman Prize winner Fatima Jibrell’s organization, Adeso, to restore Somalia’s severely degraded coastal ecosystems and fisheries by working closely with the communities to better manage their marine and timber resources.

Cultural Survival and Rainforest Protection

LDF is partnering with ClearWater to empower indigenous people in the Amazon to protect and defend their lands and culture by supporting a strategic collaboration between four indigenous tribes in the region, standing together against oil and timber interests.

Protecting Sea Mammals from Drift Gillnets, California

For whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, sea turtles and sharks, drift gillnets used to catch swordfish are 200-foot high “walls of death" that indiscriminately destroy the balance of life off the coast of California. With Oceana, this project seeks to ban this practice.

Recovery of Steller Sea Lions

Supported by Oceana, this project is working to ensure the recovery of the steller sea lion population in Alaska through responsible fisheries management practices that ensure sustainable catch for this endangered species.

Protecting Threatened Sharks and Rays

Four projects aimed at decreasing shark mortality in priority regions, including a conservation program in the Southwest Indian Ocean. Policy measures and tools will be developed to provide concrete improvements in the conservation of these vulnerable species.

Protecting Coral Reefs and Mangroves, Indonesia

Located near Bird's Head Peninsula in New Guinea, Raja Ampat is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands. This grant will support the creation and management of two new reserves in an area considered the global epicenter of marine biodiversity.

Necklace’ of Arctic Marine Protected Areas

As Arctic sea ice retreats, offshore oil development, fishing, shipping and other industries are moving in to sensitive ecosystems. This NRDC-led project is establishing a robust system of marine protected areas throughout the circumpolar Arctic.

Replenishing Coral Reefs in the Pacific Ocean

An innovative project on the island of Tetiaroa in the South Pacific to develop reef rebuilding and replenishing systems, helping to ensure the long-term survival of coral reefs in the face of climate change and ocean acidification.

Expedition to the Last Pristine Marine Areas

A 3-year commitment to support National Geographic Society’s ocean conservation project ‘Pristine Seas’ led by Marine Biologist and explorer in residence Dr. Enric Sala, which will help finance ten new expeditions to pristine marine areas, including the Galapagos.

Community-Driven Conservation in the Pacific

In partnership with native leaders and local communities, Oceans 5 is supporting the development of several large marine reserves protecting hundreds of thousands of kilometers of ecological areas in the Pacific Ocean -- the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Palau and Niue.

Debt-for-Nature in the Seychelles

A massive 400,000 km marine reserve around the Seychelles Islands is in negotiation, which would establish a perpetual trust fund to support long-term investments in marine conservation and climate change adaptation in the region.

Protecting the Far North

Several marine reserves are in development with Native communities in Canada and Greenland, including one key project in Hudson Bay to conserve threatened beluga whale habitat. Oceans 5 has set a goal of protecting 10% of vital Arctic seascapes.

Securing Chilean Waters for Sharks

Supported by Oceana, major progress was made towards securing 400,000 km of no-take marine protected areas near the Juan Fernándaz and Desaventuradas Islands off the coast of Chile, dramatically increase protected waters from 0.03% to more than 15%.

No Oil Drilling in the American Arctic

Oceana is working to obtain deferrals for 10,000 square miles of important ecological areas in the Arctic Ocean. Last year, Oceana and its allies prevented oil companies from drilling off the north coast of Alaska, setting a critical conservation precedent.

Urban Forestry Initiative, Los Angeles

TreePeople’s Urban Forestry Initiative focuses on increasing LA’s overall tree canopy and building climate resiliency through tree planting, water catchment, and conservation mapping working with volunteers at the community level.

SOS Children’s Village Mozambique

SOS Children's Villages operates six villages and 5 youth homes in Mozambique, caring for more than 835 orphaned or abandoned children. The village in Maputo was damaged by severe flooding and this grant will help rebuild and expand the program in the region.

The Growing Justice Institute

The Growing Justice Institute, a project of People's Grocery, supports local entrepreneurs in the development of their own micro-food enterprises, providing opportunities to learn job skills within the context of gardens, farms and markets.

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