Ecosystems: Increasing resilience

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.

  • resilient agriculture

    Resilient agriculture »

    Why: Farmers face increasingly unpredictable weather and challenging markets that put rural livelihoods and communities at risk.

    How: We're launching solutions that help farms, ranches and forests stabilize the climate and boost the resilience of people, nature and rural economies.

  • 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

See all EDF Voices ecosystems posts »

Press releases

All ecosystems-related press releases »


  • Type: Fact Sheet
    Date: July 13, 2020
    A fact sheet of EDF's Coastal Resilience program and goals. 
  • Type: Letter
    Date: February 27, 2020
    Letter signed by EDF and 38 other organizations to state and federal lawmakers in New York and New Jersey with recommendations for improving the US Army Corps of Engineers New York New Jersey Harbors and Tributaries Study (NYNJHATS).
  • Type: Report
    Date: February 10, 2020
    Single page summary of EDF's farm finance report.

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