Ecosystems: Increasing resilience

There will 9 billion people on Earth by 2050. If we're smart, we can supply enough food, water and shelter – and restore ecosystems.

How? By creating economic demand for farming, ranching and water management programs that increase the resilience of natural systems.


  • sustainable agriculture

    Sustainable agriculture »

    Why: Prevailing farming strategies are not efficient or adaptable enough to meet demand, especially with climate change underway.

    How: We're launching solutions that help retailers, food companies and farmers avoid the business risks of unsustainable agriculture practices.

  • monarch butterfly

    Wildlife protection »

    Why: Existing tools for protecting wildlife can no longer adequately preserve habitat facing encroachment, pollution and other threats.

    How: We're defending the Endangered Species Act and creating flexible solutions that balance wildlife protection and economic growth.

  • coastal wildlife

    Coastal resilience »

    Why: Climate change and sea level rise put coastal cities, from New Orleans to New York, at risk from rising seas and increased storms.

    How: We're working with engineers, policymakers and communities on restoration projects, like marsh creation, to protect nature and people.

  • birds on a lake

    Rebalance water use »

    Why: Over-allocation of water in the West means rivers that serve as major watersheds are drying up, as groundwater reserves dwindle.

    How: We're working with farmers, cities and policymakers to ensure water markets deliver benefits for wildlife and the economy.

Updates on our ecosystems work

Ecosystems blog posts

Posts by EDF experts, written for a general audience

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Press releases

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Publications

  • Type: Report
    Date: September 6, 2018
    This report analyzes the impact of conservation on farm budgets with three in-depth case studies. 
  • Type: Report
    Date: August 30, 2018
    This decision tree outlines a hypothetical scenario in order order to illustrate how a Groundwater Sustainability Agency would make pumping allocations consistent with groundwater rights law.
  • Type: Report
    Date: August 30, 2018
    This decision tree outlines a hypothetical scenario in order order to illustrate how a Groundwater Sustainability Agency would make pumping allocations consistent with groundwater rights law.

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