Ecosystems: Increasing Resilience
By 2050, our planet will need to support roughly nine billion people. As challenging as this sounds, we can meet the increased need for food and clean water while improving ecosystems.
How? By creating economic demand for farming, ranching, and water use programs that increase the resilience of the natural systems that sustain us.
Our ecosystems initiatives
Why: Prevailing farming strategies are not efficient or adaptable enough to keep up with demand, especially with climate change underway.
How: We’re launching solutions that help retailers and food companies avoid the business risks of unsustainable farming practices.
Why: Our current system of listing federal endangered species isn’t working, and often places a heavy burden on landowners.
How: We’re establishing a new system known as habitat exchanges, which better balances wildlife protection and economic growth.
Why: Over-allocation of water in the West means rivers that serve as major watersheds are drying up, and groundwater reserves are dwindling.
How: We’re working with farmers, cities and policymakers to ensure water markets deliver benefits for wildlife and the economy.