The Conservancy’s Emerald Edge program seeks to protect a vast swath of the coastal-rainforest system from northern Washington to the Tongass, which includes most of Southeast Alaska.
Tongass Rainforest in Emerald Edge The Conservancy’s Emerald Edge program seeks to protect a vast swath of the coastal-rainforest system from northern Washington to the Tongass, which includes most of Southeast Alaska. © Chris Crisman

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Bezos Earth Fund Pledges $100 Million to The Nature Conservancy

Funds will be used to advance climate science, protect old-growth forest in U.S. and Canada, and promote climate-friendly agriculture in NW India

Today, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced a $100 million gift from the Bezos Earth Fund in support of the organization’s work to tackle climate and scale natural climate solutions. 

The Bezos Earth Fund grant will be used to protect the Emerald Edge forest in the United States and Canada. The Nature Conservancy—in partnership with Indigenous and Tribal communities whose culture and livelihoods are intertwined with the landscape—will work to increase the forest’s ability to store carbon and mitigate emissions that damage the planet. The grant will also support efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of farming practices in Northwest India and curtail agriculture’s contribution to Delhi’s air pollution.

In response to the news, Jennifer Morris, TNC’s CEO said, “One of the best tools we have to address the climate emergency is nature herself.  With this generous gift from the Bezos Earth Fund, The Nature Conservancy and our partners around the globe will be able to expand our pioneering work developing and implementing natural climate solutions.  These funds will help us further our cutting-edge science and commitments to local partnerships to accelerate scalable, on-the-ground projects that make a lasting impact.  We’re grateful to the Bezos Earth Fund for recognizing nature’s enormous potential as a climate solution and for their generosity in supporting this critical work.” 

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.