There will be 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.
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: June 1, 2019An interview with David Wolfe
- Type: ReportDate: April 25, 2019A new report provides the most comprehensive dataset ever collected about on-farm nitrogen management practices in North Carolina to identify fertilizer solutions that increase operational resilience, and improve economic and environmental outcomes.
- Type: Fact SheetDate: December 3, 2018This fact sheet summarizes how dairy cooperatives and processors can engage farmers to make water quality improvements in the Chesapeake Bay region.
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