Our science serves as a wayfinder on the path to sustainable futures.
Science is a powerful tool to serve the local communities that are integral to healing and stewarding these lands. Our science respects and incorporates indigenous knowledge and principles, creating a new generation of land and water management tools for building sustainable futures. Working closely with indigenous and local communities, our science:
- Provides practical new ways to solve land and water challenges by integrating indigenous knowledge into our scientific methods and tools.
- Gives local communities new tools and technologies to make informed decisions, negotiate effectively in the face of development pressures, and measure progress toward sustainability.
- Helps identify new paths to sustainable economic development that honors traditional ecological knowledge and nature — and provides a common measure of progress along the way.
- Showcases the value of nature in a framework that helps local communities share progress and garner new support.
- Serves as a model for other large-scale community-led conservation efforts around the world.
We’re addressing the priorities of the people who call this place home.
We focus on practical approaches that get enduring results — with benefits that people can walk on, float on, breathe, see and touch. Our impact at the grassroots level is proof that social, environmental and economic good can work hand in hand. By focusing on tangible conservation that generates a ripple effect, we increase the support to achieve more and bigger things. We are:
- Partnering with indigenous and local groups to make a tangible difference in the things that matter most.
- Building the wealth of indigenous and local communities through new business development, access to capital and initiatives that make the local economy more diverse.
- Inspiring others through visible wins that build momentum toward even larger long-term successes.
- Delivering results that showcase how nature and community wellbeing are inextricably connected.
- Using science to demonstrate results and the magnitude of important gains.
- Serving as a global model for achieving community-led conservation that gets results.
We’re thinking forward to the next 500 years.
It’s time to replace short-term interests with long-term solutions.
Across the Emerald Edge, emerging indigenous and local leadership is looking to replace boom-and-bust cycles with sustainable economies that work for nature and people — not just for the next generation, but for the next 500 years. We join in their commitment to this long view, even as we find ways to make an immediate impact. We are:
It’s time to replace short-term thinking with long-term solutions that work for people and nature — and local communities are giving us a unique opportunity to help advance this transformation. We are working in partnership at an unprecedented scale to help communities heal the land, support indigenous authority, and we are using conservation science to create the sustainable conditions for everyone to thrive: people, nature and economies.