Protecting Nature

Protecting Endangered Nature

Our goal is to protect the natural diversity of the world, now and in the future. Our grants help to safeguard and restore unique and biodiverse areas of land and sea.

The loss of biodiversity and the degradation of environments threatens all life on earth. Protecting and restoring whole ecosystems helps to keep nature resilient and functional. It mitigates the consequences of human-created change arising from climate change and over-exploitation. When the natural world thrives, it can continue to provide the resources we rely on.

We support and promote evidence-based practical solutions to the global biodiversity and climate crises. We support local partnerships to create sustainable and beneficial outcomes for nature and for the people that depend on it. To achieve this we must have competent, committed and collaborative leadership supported by well-enforced governance that provides the legal and policy framework. This ensures that the protection of nature is effective and long-lasting.

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Protecting and restoring wildlife and landscapes is essential to sustaining healthy and diverse ecological systems worldwide. Our grants support work to foster important, biodiversity-rich areas and to rehabilitate degraded but promising landscapes. We support collaborative, evidence-led interventions that help build the local community of practice.


Effective laws and policies are crucial for sustainable and lasting nature protection. Our grants support the development, monitoring and enforcement of governance interventions that help nations and communities to protect and restore biodiversity and landscapes.


Our grants enable competent, committed conservation and restoration professionals to access the knowledge and skills they need to excel in their work. This ensures that individuals and organizations can implement effective, efficient and science-led interventions, and create networks to share habitat protection and restoration practices globally.

    • Bialowieza forest LR

      ClientEarth uses legal interventions to enforce existing environment protection laws in the EU.

      Programme: Protecting endangered nature
      Focus area: Governance
      Grantee: ClientEarth
    • MG 6436 EDIT LR copia

      Abundant, diverse and healthy marine ecosystems are crucial for all life on Earth. This is why almost 30% of the total giving in our environment programme, more than $70 million in grants since 2002, has supported work to protect the world’s oceans. This blog highlights some of this work.

    • Fauna and Flora case study

      Fauna & Flora International works with local conservation partners to protect habitat and influence policy.

      Programme: Protecting endangered nature
      Focus area: On-site conservation
      Grantee: Fauna and Flora International
    • Yale ELTI case study

      The training initiative supports landholders and decision makers in protecting tropical forest in Asia and Central America.

      Programme: Protecting endangered nature
      Focus area: Leadership
      Grantess: Yale University
    • Endangered Landscapes Programme case study

      Managed by Cambridge Conservation Initiative, the Endangered Landscapes Programme restores Europe's degraded landscapes to make them biodiverse and resilient to climate change.

      Programme: Protecting endangered nature
      Focus area: On-site conservation
      Grantee: Cambridge Conservation Initiative
    • Expedición Islas Desventuradas Febrero 2013 Credit Oceana and Eduardo Sorensen

      Protecting marine habitats, reducing threats to endangered species, stopping overfishing, curbing marine pollution.

      Programme: Protecting endangered nature
      Focus area: Governance
      Grantee: Oceana
    • Dr Gerardo Fragoso
      Director of Environmental Programmes

      Gerardo heads Arcadia’s environmental programme. He was previously Head of Programme at the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre, where he was responsible for overseeing advice provision on the protection of endangered species and their habitats.

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    • Dr Emma McIntosh
      Environmental Grants Manager

      Emma manages Arcadia’s environmental grants, alongside Gerardo and Francesca. She previously worked on environmental policy, monitoring and evaluation, and advocacy projects in Australia, French Polynesia and the UK including with the Great British Oceans coalition, Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership and the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Emma holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford in conservation science.

      07 EMMA Mac Intosh
    • Dr Francesca McGrath
      Environmental Grants Manager

      Francesca manages Arcadia’s environmental grants, alongside Gerardo and Emma. Trained as a conservation scientist, she has international experience in coupled human-natural systems in Southeast Asia, US, UK, and wildlife trade in the Middle East. Francesca was previously a research fellow in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. Her PhD from the National University of Singapore explored incentive-based conservation programmes in Indonesia. She also holds an MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics.

      06 Francesca Mc Grath
    • Jack Foxall
      Consultant for Environmental Programmes

      Jack supports the development of our environmental strategy and new grants. He has eighteen years of experience working in international nature conservation, and has managed several large-scale restoration projects. Jack has previously worked for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Fauna & Flora International, RSPB and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. He is a Geography graduate of King’s College, London.

      Jack Foxall
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