By 2050, our planet will need to support roughly 9 billion people. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Type: ReportDate: December 7, 2017<p>Groundwater management presents an opportunity to work towards greater water security.</p>
- The time to start is now: How implementing natural infrastructure solutions can improve and protect our coastsType: ReportDate: March 16, 2016Creating risk-reduction engineering design literacy regarding natural defenses will hasten the acceptance and expansion of natural defenses as key components.
- Type: Fact SheetDate: February 5, 2016Fort Hood wanted to actively thin out understory vegetation on 237 acres to facilitate troop movement.
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