Projects We Support

Net Impact


Reintroducing Jaguars to Wetlands of Argentina

Working with Conservation Land Trust, this project will restore a critical ecosystem in northeastern Argentina -- the 3.2 million acre Iberá wetlands -- reintroducing jaguars and other mammals and birds that have been extinct locally for many years.

Restoring the Tshiaberimu Gorilla Ecosystem

A project to protect the lowland gorillas of Virunga National Park in central Africa from extinction. The project introduces 17 rescued gorillas and expands existing habitat by 22% through land purchases from the local community, supervised by trained rangers.

Restoring Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Forest

Led by SavingSpecieis, this grant will support the acquisition and restoration of wildlands in Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Forest (Mata Atlântica) so that rare plants and animals can flourish once again in a region known for its incredible biodiversity.

Restoring Ecuador’s Pacific Lowland Forests

Led by SavingSpecieis, this grant will support the development and implementation of multi-year restoration projects in the Pacific lowland forests of Ecuador, one of the most threatened and biodiverse ecosystems on Earth.

Saving Amboseli’s Elephants

This IFAW initiative preserves critical elephant habitat, securing migration corridors to protected areas in Tanzania, while supporting surrounding Maasai communities to participate in community scouting using high-tech data analysis.

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.

Related News

Grantee spotlight: National Park Service

LDF has partnered with the National Park Service on their GPS collar tracking study to conserve and protect the threatened mountain lion population in the greater Los Angeles area.  

Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch, a project of Google, SkyTruth, and LDF grantee Oceana, is tapping into GPS and satellite technology to combat IUU fishing occurring throughout the world. The goal: to increase transparency and stop illegal fishing by informing governments, consumers, and businesses of harmful and dangerous industry practices.

Peru commits to publish vessel tracking data through Global Fishing Watch

Oceana applauds the efforts of Peru and Indonesia to promote fishing transparency.

Grantee spotlight: Conservation Land Trust newsletter

Check out the latest newsletter from LDF grantee the Conservation Land Trust (CLT) and learn about their bold work to rewild the Ibera wetlands in northeastern Argentina. LDF has been supporting CLT and their Ibera Rewilding Program in order to reintroduce the critically endangered jaguar as well as many other species, such as the Pampas Deer and Giant Anteater,… View Article

Leonardo DiCaprio continues efforts to protect endangered vaquita

  Mexico Commits to Protecting Critically-Endangered Marine Ecosystems Effort Supported by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the Carlos Slim Foundation MEXICO CITY – JUNE 7, 2017 – Today, during a meeting between President Enrique Peña Nieto, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carlos Slim, and senior government officials at the Official Residence of Los Pinos, a Memorandum of Understanding… View Article