LDC Foundation wellbeing of Earth’s inhabitants & ecosystems
Dedicated to the protection and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation supports projects around the world that build climate resiliency, protect vulnerable wildlife, and restore balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.
Through collaborative partnerships, the LDC Foundation supports innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.
LDF’s grantmaking program encompasses six focus areas:
- Wildlife & Landscapes
- Marine Life & Oceans
- Climate Change
- Innovative Solutions
- Environment now California program
- Indigenous Rights.
- The Wildlife & Landscapes program supports
The Wildlife & Landscapes activism and funding programs are as below:
- Akashinga Model of Society. A community conservation model, at the lower Zambezi a true wildlife sanctuary in Zimbabwe, with All-female Anti-Poaching Units, to restore and manage a network of wilderness areas as an alternative to trophy hunting. The selection was opened exclusively to unemployed single mothers, abandoned wives, sex workers, victims of sexual and physical abuse, wives of poachers in prison, widows, and orphans. By doing so, the opportunity was created for the most vulnerable women in rural society.
- Partnership with the Whitley Fund of Nature (WFN), an organization funding, training and promoting grassroots conservation network with 190 local environmental heroes in over 80 countries. Conservation does not happen overnight; this continuation funding has the ability to really lift an effective conservation project at key points throughout its development without leading to dependence, enabling the continued growth of high-impact projects where outstanding contributions to conservation are being made.
- Preserving the Chihuahuan Desert And Its Bolson Tortoise through Mapimí Biosphere Reserve at the Chihuahuan Desert. The largest desert in North America stretches from the SW USA all the way to Central Mexico. It is one of the 3 most biologically rich and diverse desert ecoregions in the world with over 3,500 species of plants alone. However, due to agriculture and other development, only 4% of this ecosystem remains intact.
Once found throughout the Chihuahuan Desert range, the Bolson Tortoise now survives only in the Mapimí. In addition to the loss of habitat, these tortoises are in trouble due to their slow reproductive rates and their use as a food source for surrounding communities. With the support of LDF, the TC secured 40,000 acres within the Mapimí reserve to create the Bolson Tortoise Ecosystem Preserve.
- Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) funds and operates a range of programs aimed at protecting wilderness and wildlife in Eastern Africa. Their success comes from promoting sustainable economic benefits to the local Maasai community, thereby encouraging their active participation as stewards of our critical ecosystem. Incidences of illegal poaching and wildlife killing have been reduced, resulting from predation on livestock in the ecosystems in the region.
- California Wildlife Center (CWC) takes responsibility for the protection of native wildlife through rehabilitation, education, and conservation. It is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of native California species, who otherwise would be left to suffer from the effects of human encroachment, habitat destruction, and environmental damage.
- A Proposed Wildlife Crossing to Save the Mountain Lion Population from Extinction. Lions as apex predators, they balance populations of other wildlife presents.
National Park Service researchers have shown that construction of a wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon Road in Agoura Hills can ensure the survival and biodiversity of all wildlife in the region and promote healthy, genetically diverse populations of many species, such as bobcats, coyotes, salamanders, lizards, and even birds. The study has demonstrated that a crossing can help save the Santa Monica Mountains cougar population. The crossing will help wildlife become resilient to persistent dangers such as climate change, habitat degradation, and pollution, positively impacting the health of the entire LA region’s ecosystem.
- Connecting and protecting natural habitats across the world’s lands, rivers and oceans are essential to the survival of nature in the 21st century. The Center for Large Landscape Conservation(CLLC) and the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) have teamed up to advance a set of ambitious global targets for connectivity and protected area conservation. In a world facing unprecedented environmental challenges that include cumulative human impacts, habitat fragmentation, and climate change, now is the time for bold action to conserve intact nature and secures essential connectivity that sustains nature’s ecological processes.
- Partnership with The Quick Response Fund for Nature (QRFN) providing a solution-oriented approach towards saving the world’s most important sites. The goal is to ensure that any globally significant land deal – one that protects one of the last homes for rare and endangered species – has access to the necessary funds.
- Network Of Grassroots Groups Protecting Wildlands. Partnership with Fund for Wild Nature (FWN) provides support for a network of the boldest and most effective grassroots groups working to protect wildlife and wild places throughout North America. The need for support for these groups is particularly urgent now amid the intensified attacks on nature and public lands under the Trump administration and a hostile Congress.
- Protecting the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Sequoia ForestKeeper is an on-the-ground advocacy organization in California’s southern Sierra Nevada working to protect the ecosystems and wildlife in the region, including the Giant Sequoia National Monument (GSNM).
GSNM protects over half of the remaining population of Giant Sequoias – the largest and nearly the oldest living things on earth, many of them over 3000 years old. Sequoias are not only biologically vital but spiritually essential to the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada. The unique nature of the Giant Sequoia ecosystem is why full protection of the groves, their multifaceted watersheds, and the interconnected forest is essential.
Through litigation and advocacy SFK will continue to protect the Monument and ecosystems in the region. They have successfully stopped proposed logging projects, resulting in the protection of countless trees totaling over 900 million board feet on over 20,000 acres since they began their work in 2001. LDF is proud to support their work.
- Saving The Heart of Borneo through Global Park Defense. Global Conservation protects endangered UNESCO World Heritage and national parks in developing countries through deployment of Global Park Defense systems against wildlife poaching, illegal logging, and land clearing. LDF supports their work related to the long-term protection and wildlife and biodiversity conservation of the proposed DaMaI UNESCO World Heritage Park in Sabah, Borneo Malaysia. Ultimately the project will lead to the establishment of a 600,000 ha World Heritage Park, to include enhanced wildlife protection throughout.
- Mali Chimpanzee Habitat & Viability Assessment. The Western chimpanzee, also known as the West African chimpanzee, is a subspecies of the Common Chimpanzee and is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Jane Goodall Institute’s goal is to create a Conservation Action Plan for the Malian chimpanzee range and to identify and support credible local organizations who can subsequently implement chimpanzee conservation and development activities and scientific research that will ensure the long-term viability of these populations. JGI’s proposed work in Mali is part of the Institute’s 30-year goal to protect Africa’s wild chimpanzee populations across the natural chimpanzee range.
View 24 more partnership and funding by LDC Foundation, such as for the snow leopards, identifying the wildlife crime routes, evaluating ivory trade policies, restoring the Tshiaberium Gorilla Ecosystem, Rewilding Ibera, saving Amboseli’s elephants, expanding the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary, restoring Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Forest, protecting wild tigers in Nepal and more :
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