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
March 20, 2019
- Agreement on Multistate Drought Contingency Plan Signals Major Progress Toward Protecting Western Communities and the Colorado River
March 19, 2019
March 11, 2019
- 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.
- Type: ReportDate: December 3, 2018This guide helps dairy cooperatives and processors set goals, develop water quality programs, and engage farmers to make measurable progress on business and environmental outcomes.
- Type: ReportDate: October 26, 2018This white paper summarizes four themes that emerged during a stakeholder dialogue convened by EDF, National Corn Growers Association and Farm Journal Foundation.
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