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.

    • 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 the provision of advice to national and intergovernmental authorities on the protection of endangered species and their habitats. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, Gerardo’s professional and academic experience span marine and terrestrial conservation, both in tropical and in temperate environments. He is also a qualified financial manager.

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    • Dr Francesca McGrath
      Senior Environmental Grants Manager

      Francesca manages Arcadia’s environmental grants, alongside Gerardo, Catherine 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.

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    • Dr Catherine Docherty
      Environmental Grants Manager

      Catherine manages Arcadia’s environmental grants, alongside Gerardo, Francesca and Emma. She previously worked in project design, impact evaluation and learning at Fauna & Flora International and research development at the University of Cambridge. She holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham and was a postdoctoral researcher at Shinshu University, Japan. Her research focused on the impact of a changing climate on Arctic and Alpine river systems. Catherine also holds an MSc in Conservation Biology from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

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    • Dr George Morris
      Environmental Programme Officer

      George is a Programme Officer working on environmental grants. He was previously an AHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge and held visiting fellowships at the Library of Congress and the Huntington Library. He has written for publications including the New Statesman, the Literary Review and the TLS. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Lund Trust, Arcadia’s sister charity.

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    • Dr Emma McIntosh
      Consultant to Environmental Programmes

      Emma works as a consultant as part of the environment team. She specializes in marine conservation, programme design and impact evaluation. Emma previously worked with the Great British Oceans coalition, Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership and the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. Emma holds a DPhil in conservation science from the University of Oxford.

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