FY14 Impact Report Highlights

CI is working to protect nature for the benefit of people everywhere — and we couldn’t do it without generous donors and supporters like you. Here are just a few of our greatest successes over the past year.

To read more successes from the past year, take a look at our FY14 Impact Report.

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    EditSection Title:Protecting Forests to Combat Climate Change
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      Edit Image Description: Clouds rise through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the endangered mountain gorilla
      EditText: CI protects standing forests because deforestation is a major contributor to climate change, causing 11% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. In Madagascar, two forest projects covering nearly 1 million hectares were verified under the world’s leading carbon verification standards. In Fiji, our Nakauvadra Community-Based Reforestation Project became the first verified restoration project in the Pacific. Together, the projects avoided the release of more than 4 million tons of CO2 since 2007 and reforested more than 1,000 hectares of land important for conservation.
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      EditSection Title:Funding Conservation as a GEF Project Agency
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        EditText: CI has become a Project Agency for the Global Environmental Facility (GEF),the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. For the first time, a nonprofit will be able to channel GEF funding directly to critical conservation initiatives around the world. Working with the GEF Secretariat, which will manage a record-breaking US$ 4.4 billion over the next four years, CI will be able to assist recipient countries in the preparation and implementation of GEF-financed projects.
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        EditTitle:Scaling Up Efforts to Reduce Poverty + Improve Lives in Bolivia
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        EditText:In Bolivia, CI has been supporting a program that promotes community conservation of indigenous lands by avoiding deforestation while promoting human well-being. In a truly ground-breaking step, the Government of Bolivia expanded the program from a regional effort in the state of Pando to a national one. The goal of the program is to protect 1 million hectares while improving livelihoods by encouraging good stewardship of the land with economic incentives.
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          EditSection Title:Using Data to Inform Agricultural Investments
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            EditText: How do we feed the world’s growing population without undermining nature’s ability to sustain us? We need real-time information about our soils, weather patterns, water availability and agricultural productivity. This is exactly what CI and our partners aim to do through the Vital Signs Program, which was piloted in Tanzania in 2012. Over the past year, Vital Signs published baseline assessments for Tanzania and Ghana, which are helping to inform agricultural investments in both countries
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            EditSection Title:Contributing to the IPCC 5th Climate Change Assessment
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              EditText: In 2014, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its fifth global climate change assessment, and CI’s Dr. Fabio Scarano was a lead author. The report warned that carbon emissions have soared in the last decade and dangerous impacts—such as sea level rise, warming temperatures, ocean acidification and increased risk of droughts and floods—are being felt around globe. The report states that conservation combined with poverty reduction efforts can be a powerful tool for mitigating climate impacts on the world’s most vulnerable.
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                  EditText: With support from CI, New Caledonia passed legislation to create the Natural Park of the Coral Sea. The new decree will bring under careful management a multi-use marine protected area covering 1.3 million square kilometers of ocean and remote islands, making the Greenland-sized park the largest protected area on Earth. The park’s waters generate 2,500-3,000 tons of fish each year, providing food to 250,000 people, and help fuel the territory’s sustainable economy.
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                  EditImage Alt Text:Reforestation program in the Gunung National Park, Indonesia
                  EditTitle:Partnering with Business to Protect Forests Around the World
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                  EditText:Daikin Industries, Ltd. of Japan has partnered with CI since 2008, when the company began investing in a community engagement and reforestation project in the Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park in Indonesia. The park is part of a critical watershed that supports the 35 million people who live in Jakarta and the surrounding regions and, to date, the project has planted 120,000 trees. Now, Daikin is scaling up its investment in healthy forests and healthy communities with a commitment of US$ 4.5 million for similar programs in Brazil, Cambodia, China, Liberia and India.
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