The Pew Charitable Trusts manages initiatives related to culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy, and religion. This grant will support the Trusts' Environment Group to carry on its work with the International Boreal Conservation Campaign to protect the Canadian Boreal Forest, the largest intact forest in the world, at 1.2 billion acres. The Boreal not only provides breeding habitat to hundreds of species of North American birds and a home for millions of animals, it contains half the world's fresh water and sequesters twice the carbon per acre as tropical forests. The Hewlett Foundation has supported Boreal protection work since 2005. During that time, 400 million acres have been set aside. In 2011, the Boreal Conservaton Campaign expects to secure another 145 million acres and secure preliminary or final designations for an additional 10 million acres of new national parks and protected areas. With this grant, they would also begin the implementation of a 2010 agreement with the Forest Products Association of Canada that will protect 70 million acres of land currently covered by timber leases and apply sustainable timber practices to another 100 million acres.
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for the U.S. Conservation Program
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ U.S. Conservation Program works with communities West-wide to conserve biodiversity by identifying and protecting wildlife corridors, protecting oceans, restoring free-flowing rivers, and expanding core habitat protections. In particular, Pew is working with scientists, local partners, tribes, sportsmen and sportswomen, members of the business community, and others to advance new policies that safeguard wild places and wild rivers for wildlife and future generations to use and enjoy. (Substrategy: Advance Conservation Protections)
for expanding the global reach of the Transforming Evidence Funders Network
The Pew Charitable Trusts is an independent nonprofit organization that draws on research and analysis to improve public policy, inform the public, and invigorate civic life. This grant supports the continuation and expansion of the Evidence Project, which will formalize a research funders’ network. The network cultivates information-sharing and collaboration between funders in different fields such as education, health, international development, and environment, to fill knowledge and resource gaps in the evidence use field. The goals of the network are to (a) facilitate learning between funders, (b) coordinate efforts and funding to identify and make progress on critical needs for the field, and (c) grow the field of evidence use and inspire more funders to support evidence initiatives. (Strategy: Evidence-Informed Policymaking)
for support of the Safe Spaces Project in Congress
This grant will expand earlier support for the Bipartisan House Chiefs of Staff Initiative to include the Bipartisan Senate Chiefs of Staff initiative, both operated under the longstanding Safe Spaces Project of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Both projects seek to provide a nonpartisan, nonpolitical “safe space” to foster bipartisan relationship building and best management practices for more informed and effective public policy. Programming is designed to help the chiefs improve their management and leadership skills and expose them to a wide variety of perspectives in a private and supportive environment that encourages cross-party relationships and greater understanding.