Global Partnership For Sharks and Rays
GPSR is a philanthropic collaboration focused on halting the overexploitation of the world’s sharks and rays, reversing declines, restoring populations, and preventing extinctions.Read more
The diverse range of projects supported by LDF – from efforts to create and expand protected areas on land and in our oceans, to supporting grassroots and indigenous organizations working to secure important environmental protections and implement sustainable solutions at the local level – is a direct reflection of the array of efforts that are needed to turn the tide. Explore our projects below.
First Nations Ecological Conservation Alliance
Wishtoyo Foundation has created the First Nations Ecological Conservation Alliance to leverage the knowledge and vested interests of all First Nations Peoples in order to increase their collective ability to protect the health and longevity of the cultural and natural resources all people depend on.
Vanga Blue Forests
Mikoko Pamoja is the world’s first community-based mangrove conservation project to be funded by the sale of carbon credits in Gazi Bay, Kenya.
Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust
Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust funds and operates a range of programs aimed at protecting wilderness and wildlife in Eastern Africa.
Defending The Defenders
The goal of the Environmental Defenders Fund is to create a unique collaborative opportunity that allows a range of environmental and biodiversity funders to engage on the complex issue of “defenders under threat” in an efficient and under-the-radar manner.
Advancing Shark & Ray Conservation and Management in Indonesia
This grant supports Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) efforts to develop and implement a set of integrated policies and plans to enable long-term protections and sustainable management of key shark, ray, and other elasmobranch species in Indonesia.
The Pew Charitable Trusts are undertaking efforts to implement the 2013 and 2016 listings of sharks and rays on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Maximizing Outcomes for Shark and Ray MPAs
Funded in part by GPSR, James Cook University professor Colin Simpfendorfer is researching various strategies to enhance shark and ray protections.
Safeguarding Atlantic & Mediterranean Elasmobranchs Through RFMOs
The Ocean Foundation is supporting efforts to secure protections from finning and overfishing for vulnerable elasmobranch species in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean through action by three regional fishery management organizations.
Shark Fin Demand Reduction
Each year, millions of sharks are harvested solely for their fins due to demand in Asia for products like shark fin soup.
Improve the Conservation Status of Threatened Shark and Ray Species in the South Western Indian Ocean Region
This project is implementing shark and ray fisheries management, monitoring, and conservation measures in priority seascapes in the southwest Indian Ocean region.
Reduce Shark Mortality in the Arabian Sea Around Pakistan
Together with World Wildlife Fund, this grant supports efforts to measurably reduce shark mortality in the Arabian Sea around Pakistan.
Eastern Tropical Pacific Swimway
A grant to Forever Costa Rica will support MigraMar and PACIFICO’s efforts to begin establishing a “swimway” between marine protected areas in the Galapagos and Cocos Islands.
Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities. Our work is divided into six main program areas – Wildlands Conservation, Oceans Conservation, Climate Change, Indigenous Rights, Transforming California, and Innovative Solutions.Explore Our Programs