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Organizations Working on Ecosystems

Organizations that work on adaptation in the biodiversity and ecosystems sectors are listed below.

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Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Environmental Law Institute (ELI) fosters innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress. ELI: 1) Builds the skills and capacity of tomorrow's leaders and institutions; 2) Researches and analyzes complex and pressing environmental challenges; 3) Promotes and disseminates the best thinking through print and electronic media; 4) Convenes people with diverse perspectives to build understanding through robust debate.




Ecological Society of America (ESA)

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists, raise the public's level of awareness of the importance of ecological science, increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science, and ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers.





EcoAdapt brings together diverse players in the conservation, policy, science, and development communities to reshape conservation and resource management in response to rapid climate change. The organization is comprised of climate change adaptation specialists that offers training and facilitative services to help communities and partners with their adaptation projects. Their goal is to help build the capacity of current and future professionals in conservation, planning, and development so they can engage in climate change adaptation, and to support the implementation of adaptation strategies by providing expert capacity and resources to partners eager to take climate adaptation action.




Earth Economics

Earth Economics is a non-profit organization that integrates science-based economics into investments and policy decisions through natural capital analysis. They offer support to organizations and communities to “mitigate risk, add value and build resilience by taking nature into account,” by monetizing and comparing benefits for natural capital, human health, jobs and income, and community cohesion. Analysis is offered on sustainable use practices that support climate adaptation and mitigation such as reducing wildfire risk, supporting carbon capture, and enhancing biodiversity.




Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is the world's largest and most effective private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. DU is able to multilaterally deliver its work through a series of partnerships with private individuals, landowners, agencies, scientific communities and other entities. Realizing that climate change has the potential to dramatically and adversely affect North America's wetlands and waterfowl populations, Ducks Unlimited has been at the forefront in educating its membership and Congress.




Delaware Sea Grant

Delaware Sea Grant conducts research in areas ranging from seafood safety to coastal hazards through hands-on research and educational activities, and sharing information on coastal topics with stakeholders. Delaware Sea Grant funds projects for the broad area of Ocean and Environmental Literacy, and more specifically: 1) Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, 2) Sustainable Coastal Development, 3) Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply, and 4) Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities.




Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. They are helping to conserve wildlife in the face of climate change by bringing the best science to address the problem, incorporating climate change into wildlife and habitat conservation planning, understanding specific threats through vulnerability assessments and making management recommendations. Defenders of Wildlife is committed to protecting wildlife across the nation and even across international borders.




Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions

The Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS) is hosted by the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. This interdisciplinary research and Extension Specialist team aims to build climate resilient agricultural, environmental, and social systems, through research, stakeholder engagement, education and outreach. CICSS priorities specifically are to:




Convention on Biological Diversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was formulated in December 1993. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for "sustainable development". One of the key agreements adopted at Rio was the CBD. This pact among the vast majority of the world's governments sets out commitments for maintaining the world's ecological systems as while pursuing economic development. The Convention establishes three main goals: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits from the use of genetic resources.




Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is a local community development funding intermediary that has invested in community revitalization work in Greater Cleveland, Ohio, since 1988. Its mission is to foster inclusive communities of choice and opportunity throughout Cleveland, and its primary goals include pursuing racial equity, place-making, economic opportunity, support for high-capacity community development corporations, and climate resiliency.