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Conserving & Restoring Nature

Nature solutions can accomplish more than one-third of the mitigation needed by 2030 to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Bezos Earth Fund has committed $2 billion to conserve and restore nature. We are working to conserve what we have and restore what’s been lost to protect nature and fight climate change.

A person stands holding a hoe over their shoulder, overlooking a landscape in Rwanda.
A member of the Forests of Hope Association surveys the land in Rwanda's Gishwati-Mukura Forest Reserve. (Photo credit: World Resources Institute)

Protecting what remains. Restoring what's been lost.

"Our commitment today supports a three-fold imperative – we must conserve what we have, restore what we've lost, and grow what we need in harmony with nature," said Jeff Bezos. "Investing in nature through both traditional and innovative approaches is essential to combat climate change, enhance biodiversity, protect the beauty of the natural world, and create a prosperous future."

Initiatives that protect, restore, and sustainably manage ecosystems play a crucial role in protecting biodiversity, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and sustaining and improving lives. The human footprint has grown in the past century; today, less than 30% of the planet’s land surface remains wild and a million species could face extinction.

Nature solutions have the power to accomplish more than one-third of the mitigation needed by 2030 to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. We can also look to nature to help improve the resilience of ecosystems to climate and strengthen communities and livelihoods that depend on forests, fisheries, and other ecosystems.

The Bezos Earth Fund is committing $2 billion to conserve and restore nature. We promote and support nature solutions in places that are a high priority for biodiversity and carbon, making sure we work with governments and local communities. This includes protected and conserved terrestrial and marine areas and the restoration of degraded ecosystems by accelerating natural regeneration and reforestation.

Conservation

Bold steps are needed to protect, expand, manage, and monitor the conservation of land and water. The Bezos Earth Fund’s conservation work focuses on areas that are important for biodiversity and carbon stocks and that give emphasis to the central role of local communities and Indigenous peoples in conservation efforts.

Restoration

Landscape restoration brings vitality back to degraded landscapes. It creates jobs, sequesters carbon, and protects biodiversity. The Bezos Earth Fund supports locally led restoration in Africa and the U.S. by channeling funds directly to implementing groups, providing training and capacity building, and monitoring progress. 

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