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EDF takes a global approach to solving the most critical environmental problems facing the planet.

Our staffers now work in more than 15 countries – places around the globe where we can make the greatest impact. Here are just a few of the areas where we work, along with some of the work we do there.


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With over 25 percent of the world’s pollution originating in China – and half the world’s coal supply burned there – China is at the very center of our climate strategy. For over 25 years, EDF has worked with China to establish a variety of market-based incentives to trim emissions and increase enforcement of environmental laws.

To date, we’ve helped train 58,000 environmental officers and another 3,600 government and industry stakeholders on carbon emissions trading. And we’re continuing to work with the Chinese government on many more projects, with ambitious goals for increasing energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources by 2020.


California was an early proving ground for EDF’s climate work. We were instrumental in helping set absolute statewide limits on greenhouse gas emissions and continue to help the state set – and meet – even more ambitious goals through its landmark cap-and-trade program and innovative advancements in clean energy and energy efficiency.

Going forward, EDF will work with allies and elected leaders to ensure that California remains a global climate leader while also making real progress on environmental challenges at home, especially in the most affected communities. After a decade of impressive outcomes, California’s economy is growing while its carbon pollution declines, proving environmental protection and a thriving economy can go hand in hand.

New Orleans

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Home to nearly two million people, the Mississippi River Delta provides vital habitat for wildlife and birds, and contributes tens of billions of dollars to the national economy every year. Since the 1930s, however, Louisiana has lost more than 2,000 square miles of land. Today, an area the size of a football field disappears into open water every 100 minutes.

EDF works on coastal restoration with a coalition of local and national organizations advocating for restoration of the Mississippi River Delta for people, wildlife and jobs. After Hurricane Katrina and the devastating 2010 BP oil spill, EDF played a key role in making sure BP fines would be spent primarily on Gulf Coast ecosystem restoration and job growth.


Overfishing ravages ocean ecosystems and threatens the food supply, health and livelihoods of billions of people worldwide. In Asia – where most of the world’s fish is produced and consumed – fishing is rapidly accelerating, and management reforms are needed across the region. Making fishing sustainable in the region could feed an additional 220 million people by 2050, according to research by EDF and academic partners.

EDF’s ongoing work establishing fishing rights systems is reversing overfishing, reviving coastal communities and bringing the oceans back to life. Our goal is to support local Asia-Pacific leaders in meeting their goals for fish, food and prosperity with reforms that will last for the long term.


Two-thirds of Indians live on small farms with little or no access to electricity, 70 percent of whom use stoves that release smoke into their homes and the environment. The overall impacts of climate change in India – such as extreme drought and rainfall – have the potential to devastate lands that rural farmers rely on for their livelihoods.

Since 2009, EDF has been working on the ground with partners to facilitate low-carbon rural development, educate business and political leaders and engage local communities. Our “low-carbon rural development” strategy can lift millions of people in India’s countryside out of poverty while also addressing climate change and food and energy security.

These are just a few of the places where EDF works with partners to make effective and lasting impact on the environment. Through our continuing global work, we look forward to a brighter future for people and wildlife, as well as a healthier planet.

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