​Arlington, Va. (June 21, 2018) – "Dulce," a short documentary film by Conservation International, has been selected for the 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest running June 19-25, 2018, at Camelot…
​Arlington, Va. (June 21, 2018) – “Dulce,” a short documentary film by Conservation International, has been selected for the 2018 Palm Springs International ShortFest running June 19-25, 2018, at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, Calif. The film will have its world premiere on June 21st at 5:00 pm local time in the PS Cultural Center. Tickets are available here.

Filmed in La Ensenada on the Pacific coast of Colombia, the film follows a young girl, Dulce, whose small fishing community is struggling to surmount the effects of climate change on their lives. In Dulce’s community, climate change means higher tides from rising sea levels in the Pacific Ocean.

“Dulce” was co-directed by Guille Isa and Angello Faccini and produced by filmmakers Jungles in Paris. It was executive produced by actor and activist Lee Pace, and Margarita Mora and Anastasia Khoo on behalf of Conservation International.

As the film opens, Dulce is being taught to swim by her mother, Betty. For this community, swimming is survival: It is a skill Dulce needs to carry on her family’s livelihood harvesting piangua, a cockle, from nearby mangroves. Meanwhile, rising tides have wiped out entire villages in recent years near La Ensenada, heightening Betty’s urgency to help Dulce master this skill.

For generations, Afro-Colombian residents of the Iscuandé River delta, which includes La Ensenada, have fished and harvested piangua. But the cockle have been in decline due to overharvesting – a development that has spurred communities like Dulce’s to learn to conserve coastal areas from pollution and ocean erosion.

“The decision to tell this story through the eyes of a mother and daughter was deliberate. Across the globe, women are on the front lines of climate change. The urgency we feel as Betty struggles to teach her daughter to swim reminds us that that women are more likely than men to feel the impacts of climate change, especially in the developing world,” said Anastasia Khoo, Conservation International’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Increasingly, they are also the ones rising to the challenge to speak up and force change.”

This film arrives at a promising moment in Colombia’s environmental history. Last year, President Juan Manuel Santos expanded the coastal ecosystems protected under the Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary along the Pacific Ocean. The national park expanded by 1.7 million hectares, from 950,000 hectares to 2.7 million hectares.

Conservation International and Fondo Acción have joined in the creation of a conservation trust fund, La Minga, to benefit the Colombia’s Pacific coast as well. It is home to over 30,000 people of primarily Afro-Colombian descent, as well as 1,400 species, including 80 percent of the region’s humpback whale breeding grounds, and some of the country’s most intact mangrove forests.

In the tradition of Conservation International’s other films (“Nature is Speaking,” “Valen’s Reef,” “Under the Canopy” and the recently released “My Africa”), “Dulce” puts a human face on the quest for environmental protection.  

For Conservation International, it is an effective strategy. Viewers of “Under the Canopy” responded by helping the organization, with the backing of SC Johnson, to protect 10,000 acres of rainforest in record time. 

Jungles in Paris, cofounded by Oliver and Darrell Hartman in 2013, also has been recognized for its environmental-themed films. The mission-driven media company focuses on subjects of nature and culture, having produced short documentaries featured at festivals such as Hot Docs, Atlanta and Big Sky.

Co-directors Isa and Faccini have also seen their work presented in numerous international film festivals. Isa’s films have appeared at Barcelona, Amsterdam, Riverrun, Sidewalk and more. Faccini has among his film credits Lina (2016), a winner of a Young Director’s Award at Cannes and Best Direction Award at the Malaga Film Festival.

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About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking  “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “My Africa,”  “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef.” Follow Conservation International’s work on our Human Nature blog, FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About Jungles in Paris
Jungles in Paris, founded in 2013 and based in New York City, tells stories about nature and culture. We use a range of media to explore planet Earth in all its multi-colored diversity, with a special focus on roots and place. Spotlighting craft, culture, geography and wildlife, we aim to celebrate subjects — human and non-human alike — that are often at risk of extinction in a globalized, growth-driven 21st century. We prioritize the local, the endemic, the time-honored, and the meaningful. Rather than pure advocacy, we practice purpose-driven media. We aim in our work to restore a sense of enchantment around the things that matter, employing creative nonfiction methods to propose a more enlightened way of engaging with the ecosystems and cultural possibilities around us.

About Palm Springs International ShortFest 
Designated by AMPAS, BAFTA and BIFA as an award-qualifying festival, and accredited by the International Short Film Conference, the Palm Springs International ShortFest & Short Film Market, one of the most acclaimed short film showcases in the world, will take place in Palm Springs on June 19-25. Now in its 23rd year, ShortFest will showcase 338 short films from 60 countries. The concurrent Short Film Market, the only one in North America, will feature a library of more than 4,200 films available to film buyers, industry and press.  The ShortFest Forum programs are a four-day schedule of seminars, panel discussions, roundtables and master classes staged free of charge for attending filmmakers.   

Arlington, Va. (June 19, 2018) – A new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) found that sharks populations are disappearing in waters where…
Arlington, Va. (June 19, 2018) – A new study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) found that sharks populations are disappearing in waters where humans are fishing – even in marine protected areas.

The study, conducted by Conservation International Senior Director, Global Fisheries and Aquaculture Program Jack Kittinger, Ph.D. and 36 scientists, assessed about 1,800 tropical coral reefs and found that sharks and other reef predators, such as large snappers, were present in just 28 percent of the scientists’ observations. Also, they were hardly seen at all at reefs where human pressure, through fishing or pollution, was high.

The research provides vital evidence on the most effective ways to protect fish populations, especially sharks. The study showed that the number of top predators in large remote marine reserves in areas with very low human pressures is much higher – more than quadruple the numbers found in remote lightly fished unprotected areas.

“Coral reefs are in a trade war and the conservationists’ solution of choice is Marine Protected Areas,” said Kittinger. “This research tells us that the closer a reef is to a major market, the more we have to temper our expectations about conservation gains, and the more important remote protected areas become for populations of top predators.”

Researchers used a new way of measuring the human pressures, such as fishing and pollution, to study the effects these are having on fish on the world’s reefs. The ‘human gravity’ scale calculates factors such as human population size, distance to reefs, and the transport infrastructure on land – which can determine reefs’ accessibility to fishermen and markets.

Where human pressure was high, the probability of encountering a top predator dropped to almost zero (less than 0.005). This scarcity is regardless of whether there are protections in place, such as ‘no-take’ marine reserves or restrictions on fishing equipment.

Research failed to pinpoint why sharks do better in remote reserves, however, the market value of fins expose sharks to fishing. In addition, scientists believe the size of reserves in heavily fished areas are likely to be too small to protect sharks as they have large hunting ranges that likely expose them to fishing when they stray outside reserves.

The study also reveals that people are profoundly degrading communities of fish on coral reefs. Marine reserves located in remote areas with little human pressure have more than four times as many fish compared to reserves near highly fished areas.

Although those reserves within areas of high human pressure are relatively depleted, the research shows that they play a vital conservation role, containing around five times as many fish as openly fished areas under similar human pressure. 

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking  “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “My Africa”,  “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef”. Follow Conservation International’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

​New Tool Will Be Used to Develop Future Sustainability InitiativesKo Olina, Hawaii (June 8, 2018) – Today, at the 2nd Annual World Oceans Day Celebration in Ko Olina, Hawaii, Conservation International…
​New Tool Will Be Used to Develop Future Sustainability Initiatives

Ko Olina, Hawaii (June 8, 2018) – Today, at the 2nd Annual World Oceans Day Celebration in Ko Olina, Hawaii, Conservation International and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the Ocean Health Index score for Hawaii.  The Index scored the Main Hawaiian Islands at 74 out of possible 100, citing loss and degradation of beaches, coral reefs, and coastal wetlands.  

Called the “Fitbit for oceans,” the Ocean Health Index was created by Conservation International and is used to assess ocean health on the local and regional scale. This is the first time a score has been indexed for Hawaii.  The full report can be found here.

The Ocean Health Index, says Eva Schemmel, science adviser for Conservation International Hawaii, is not simply to keep score of ocean health, but rather to inform policy for better management of Hawaii’s natural resources.

“The Ocean Health Index allows us to assess the benefits that current policies and management actions are having to protect our oceans and coastal environments, highlighting effective interventions. The Hawaii Ocean Health Index will be repeated into the future to track sustainability initatives and local management actions to ensure a healthy future for future generations,” said Eva Schemmel, science adviser for Conservation International Hawaii. 

“Maintaining a healthy ocean is absolutely critical for sustaining the needs and livelihoods of our island communities. An integrated assessment of our ocean ecosystems, such as the Ocean Health Index, is key to tracking changes in ocean health and devising management strategies that promote sustainable use of the environment,” said Dr. Jamison Gove National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center.

The Hawaii Ocean Health Index is part of the Aloha+ Challenge, Hawaii’s statewide commitment to achieve six integrated sustainability goals by 2030 for clean energy, local food, natural resource management, solid waste, smart sustainable communities, and green education and workforce. It will be used to track progress towards achieving these sustainability goals and provides an all-encompassing indicator that can be referred to for policy development.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking  “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “My Africa”,  “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef”. Follow Conservation International’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About the Ocean Health Index
The Ocean Health Index is a partnership between the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and Conservation International. Every year since 2012, the Ocean Health Index team has tracked change in global ocean health for 220 coastal nations and territories. The team has also helped foster a growing network of independent groups around the world that are using our science to measure how healthy their own oceans are. To learn more about the global Ocean Health Index visit www.oceanhealthindex.org.

 

 

 

 

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​Arlington, Va. (May 30, 2018) – Today Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2018. Sanjayan joins a list featuring some…
​Arlington, Va. (May 30, 2018) – Today Dr. M. Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2018. Sanjayan joins a list featuring some of the most influential and diverse industry leaders worldwide – 56 women, 44 men, over two dozen people of color and twelve recipients from outside the U.S.

Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business issue (Summer 2018) is available online now. The official newsstand on-sale date for the print issue is June 5.

In forming the final list, Fast Company researchers scoured over candidates from numerous industries, such as technology, healthcare, and finance, who have achieved a momentous impact in their field as scientists, executives, programmers and more. The list showcases creative leaders who are driving global change and solving societal problems within their industry. This year’s list has representatives from companies such Amazon, Google, Disney, Netflix, and Lyft.

Named CEO about a year ago, Sanjayan has overseen the development and launch of the world’s largest tropical reforestation project in the Amazon, which will lead to the planting of 73 million trees and create 70,000 acres of new forests. He also served as executive producer for Conservation International’s latest virtual reality project, “My Africa,” a film that transports viewers to northern Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist.  He joined Conservation International as executive vice president in 2014.

Raised in Southeast Asia and Africa, Sanjayan’s unique background and expertise have attracted widespread media coverage. His appearances have included “The Today Show”, “CBS This Morning”, and “CBS Evening News”. He has also hosted or co-hosted documentaries for PBS, BBC, Discovery and Showtime. Most recently, Sanjayan hosted the Climate Lab Series for University of California and Vox Media.

Sanjayan is also a Disneynature Ambassador, a Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of National Geographic Society’s Explorers Council.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking  “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “My Africa”,  “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef”. Follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Fast Company
Fast Company is one of the world’s leading business media brands, with an editorial focus on creativity, innovation, social impact, leadership, and design. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at fastcompany.com.

​Monrovia, Liberia (May 22, 2018) – Today, Conservation International and the Government of Liberia launched The Liberia Conservation Fund - Liberia's first independent conservation fund to provide sustainable, long-term financing for…
​Monrovia, Liberia (May 22, 2018) – Today, Conservation International and the Government of Liberia launched The Liberia Conservation Fund – Liberia’s first independent conservation fund to provide sustainable, long-term financing for the country’s protected areas. 

Conservation International has committed $1 million USD to the Fund via its Global Conservation Fund and the Government of Liberia has made a matching pledge to contribute to the Fund through the Liberia Forestry Development Authority

The Liberia Conservation Fund will direct funds from a range of conservation finance sources and set up multiple endowments to support individual protected areas throughout the country. The Fund has already established an endowment for the East Nimba Nature Reserve, one of Liberia’s five existing protected areas.

“Liberia’s protected areas are essential in maintaining the country’s rich biodiversity and ecosystems and help mitigate global climate change,” said Jessica Donovan, Conservation International Liberia Country Director. “The establishment of the Liberia Conservation Fund means the country has a guaranteed source of funding for long-term conservation initiatives.” 

“The Forestry Development Authority is committed to conserving at least 30 percent of Liberia’s forest in accordance with the 2006 Forest Reform Law. Our relationship with Conservation International has led to the establishment of the Liberia Conservation Fund and is a testament to the Liberian government’s commitment to conserving Liberia’s vast natural resources for current and future generations,” said C. Mike Doryen, Managing Director of the Liberia Forestry Development Authority.

Conservation International’s work in Liberia spans nearly two decades and includes work in improved protected area management, incentive-based community conservation, sustainable production, and national environmental policy support. Conservation International aims to demonstrate that we can achieve sustainable development in Liberia through an integrated landscape approach that seeks to balance nature conservation, production and economic development for Liberia’s people.      ​

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking  “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “My Africa”,  “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef”. Follow Conservation International’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About Global Conservation Fund
Since 2001, Conservation International’s Global Conservation Fund (GCF) has labored to ensure the permanent protection of natural areas most essential to human well-being through long-term financing solutions.  Made possible by a grant from the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, the GCF has catalyzed more than US$ 340 million for conservation in over 35 countries, supporting the conservation of 15 protected areas in over 9 countries in Africa. 

​Arlington, Va. (May 8, 2018) – Today Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan made the following statement about Australia's plans for unprecedented rollbacks of marine protected areas:Australia faces a critical…
​Arlington, Va. (May 8, 2018) – Today Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan made the following statement about Australia’s plans for unprecedented rollbacks of marine protected areas:

Australia faces a critical decision on marine protection that warrants the world’s attention. For decades, Australia has been a leader in ocean conservation. Its early adoption of large-scale marine protected areas set an example for the world. The Great Barrier Reef is treasured globally and contributes directly to Australia’s massive tourism and recreation industry.

The government’s current proposal to drastically cut protections for Australia’s marine parks threatens that legacy. It would be the largest downgrading of a protected area system in history. This is the wrong path for Australia and the wrong precedent for the world. At a time when climate change threatens marine environments as never before, ocean conservation is critical to the long-term health of fishing and tourism economies worldwide. We ought to be adding protections, not removing them.

As Australia’s parliament meets again this week, I strongly encourage members to reconsider these destructive plans. And I thank the many scientists and conservationists who have raised their voices in opposition to them, both in Australia and around the world. We stand with you.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking  “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “My Africa”,  “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef”. Follow Conservation International’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

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​Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong'o Narrates Stunning Portrait of East AfricaExperience available on mobile and major VR platforms via the WITHIN app.Arlington, Va. (April 30, 2018) – Today Conservation International…
Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o Narrates Stunning Portrait of East Africa

Experience available on mobile and major VR platforms via the WITHIN app.

Arlington, Va. (April 30, 2018) – Today Conservation International released its latest virtual reality project “My Africa” worldwide on the WITHIN app​. Narrated by Academy Award-winning and Kenyan-raised actress Lupita Nyong’o, “My Africa” transports viewers to an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist.

Viewers can also journey to “My Africa” in 360-degree video on conservation.org/MyAfrica. The film premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival VR Arcade, and is available in seven languages: English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samburu, Spanish and Swahili.  

“My Africa” was produced for Conservation International by Passion Planet in association with Vision3 and with the support of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. Additional support for distribution was provided by glassybaby.  

The film opens with iconic wildlife scenes: Viewers stand in the midst of a thundering herd of wildebeest migrating across the Mara River, in front of a lioness as she captures her prey, and later, with an inquisitive baby elephant in a community-led sanctuary in northern Kenya.  

But “My Africa” is ultimately a story about people. A young Samburu woman named Naltwasha Leripe, with narration in English by Lupita Nyong’o, takes viewers through her community’s daily life, tending livestock, digging “singing” wells deep into dry riverbanks and rescuing a baby elephant orphaned by a poacher’s gun.

Directed by four-time Emmy winner David Allen, the project was captured with virtual reality cameras in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County of northern Kenya at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, the first elephant orphanage in Africa owned and operated by the local community. In a region where conservation has traditionally been pursued by wealthy outsiders, Reteti, and the surrounding conservancy organization, Northern Rangelands Trust, offer a different model — one grounded in local leadership and traditional knowledge.

“‘My Africa’ is about a path forward for saving the miracle that is Africa — the last place on Earth where significant numbers of the world’s largest land animals still roam,” said project Executive Producer and Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan. “If we are going to save nature in a crowded world we need to entirely rethink how we go about it. This film shows a new way, one that unites, rather than divides, people from wildlife. Today, conservation is not about building fences but rather breaking down barriers, so that local communities benefit when nature thrives.”

“Tiffany is proud to continue our support of Conservation International and further our wildlife conservation efforts with the release of ‘My Africa,'” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Chairman and President of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. “We believe people need to experience what is at risk of being lost in order to understand what needs to be protected. By transporting viewers to the majestic wildlife and natural landscapes of Kenya, we hope to inspire audiences to become more passionate advocates for conservation.”

Tiffany & Co. also contributes to wildlife conservation in Africa through the company’s charitable Save the Wild collection.

The project comes at a critical time for East Africa’s wildlife. Poaching, land degradation and climate change threaten the long-term survival of many of the region’s most iconic species and strain the resources that people need to survive. In “My Africa,” viewers glimpse a path forward: a place where communities work for the long-term success of the species and reap the benefits, including increased stability, opportunity and improved livelihoods. Here, in northern Kenya, is a new economy, one that enables people and nature to thrive together.   

“My Africa” is Conservation International’s third virtual reality project, following “Valen’s Reef” and “Under the Canopy.” The virtual reality approach, says Sanjayan, is bringing the nature documentary into the 21st century and is aimed at reaching new audiences to grow broader support for conservation. “Virtual reality can give viewers that in-depth experience that is so needed to build empathy and, we hope, inspire action.”

Audiences are responding and taking action. Conservation International’s first two virtual reality projects have earned more than 3 million views to date. “Under the Canopy” helped the organization, with the backing of SC Johnson, protect 10,000 acres in an acre-for-acre match program to conserve the Amazon rainforest. Those acres will now kick off the world’s largest tropical reforestation effort, taking place in the Brazilian region of the Amazon.

The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary featured in “My Africa” opened in 2016 with the support of glassybaby – and in 2017, glassybaby was awarded with Conservation International’s Global Conservation Hero award in honor of its commitment to Reteti and for conservation efforts across the globe.

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Critical Coverage for My Africa Includes:

  • “My Africa” named to Forbes’ coveted Most Awesome list: “You feel like you can reach out and touch the animals …”
  • Observer.com: “‘My Africa’ is transporting … education with a twist, which is one of VR’s big advantages.”
  • VRScout :  “…an unbelievable experience.”
  • The Star (Kenya) “…a gripping experience.”
  • Additional coverage: CBS This Morning, CNET, Hollywood Reporter, Screen Daily, Business Insider and ET  Online.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking  “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects including “Valen’s Reef” and “Under the Canopy.” Follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About The Tiffany & Co. Foundation
Established in 2000, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation provides grants in environmental conservation, working to preserve the world’s most treasured landscapes and seascapes. The Foundation supports organizations dedicated to the stewardship of natural resources in the areas of responsible mining and coral conservation. For more information on The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, please visit tiffanyandcofoundation.org.

About WITHIN
WITHIN is the premier destination for innovative, entertaining, and informative story-based virtual and augmented reality. They bring together the best immersive experiences from the world’s finest VR creators—from gripping tales set in worlds of pure imagination to documentaries taking you further inside the news than ever before. WITHIN supports all major headsets, including Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Sony Playstation VR, and Google Daydream. To get started experiencing WITHIN’s ever-growing roster of content, just download the app for iPhone or Android. WITHIN was founded by award-winning filmmaker Chris Milk and renowned technologist Aaron Koblin with the goal of exploring and expanding the potential of immersive storytelling. We collaborate with companies including 21st Century Fox, Oculus, Google, Apple, NBC Universal, Lytro, The New York Times, Vice Media, and the United Nations, as well as artists including U2, The Chemical Brothers and OKGO to bring to life and distribute premium immersive stories in a variety of genres. (Social: @WITHIN)

About Passion Planet
Passion Planet, established in 2011, has swiftly secured a stellar reputation for innovative and inspiring science and natural history documentaries. After a prolific 20-year career as a leading producer in his field, multi Emmy-award winning David Allen now heads up a large team of leading creatives, producers and experts across Planet’s specialist output. Passion Planet has already garnered 13 international awards, including a Wildscreen Golden Panda and two Emmys. For more, go to passion-pictures.com.

About Vision3
Vision3 are industry leaders in 3D production for Hollywood Feature Films, award winning Natural History large format documentaries, and innovative virtual reality and augmented reality experiences.
The London-based company was formed in 2008 and is the recipient of eight Lumiere Awards from the International Advanced Imaging Society, including best Stereography for WB’s “Gravity.” For more, go to vision3.tv.

About glassybaby
Inspired by the healing light of a candle in hand-blown glass, glassybaby is a social enterprise founded by three-time cancer survivor, Lee Rhodes. Handmade in Seattle, Washington and Berkley, California, the votives are crafted in over 250 different colors and each given a unique name and meaning. Glassybaby donates 10% of all revenue to help people, animals, and the planet heal. To date, the glassybaby family has donated over $8 million. For more, glassbyaby.com

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​Business Group and Communities of the Colombian Pacific, Represented by Fondo Acción, Sign Contract for the Purchase of Carbon CertificatesAgreement Reflects Commitment of Ethnic Communities, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Private…
​Business Group and Communities of the Colombian Pacific, Represented by Fondo Acción, Sign Contract for the Purchase of Carbon Certificates

Agreement Reflects Commitment of Ethnic Communities, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Private Companies Towards Conservation, Climate Change Mitigation, Sustainable Development and Peace-Building

Bogotá, Colombia (April 21, 2018) – The carbon tax, included in the most recent tax reform, opened the doors for companies to neutralize the ​CO2 emissions associated with their fossil fuel consumption through the purchase of certificates of carbon generated by projects for Reducing Emissions from D​​eforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

Today, the Prodeco Group took this opportunity and signed its first purchase-sale contract of carbon certificates from nine REDD + community projects in the Colombian Pacific, all of them represented by Fondo Acción, which is consolidated as an umbrella organization for the development of community 
REDD + projects in Colombia.

This agreement will benefit more than 10,000 families through sustainable, productive alternatives and green jobs, allowing the conservation of the fragile and highly biodiverse forests of this region.

Colombia is a pioneer in the world for the creation of a set of taxes and tax benefits that allow the country to meet its environmental goals, ensure the protection of forests and contribute to the development of rural communities.

The new carbon neutrality regulations represent a great opportunity for the forests of Colombia, allowing the country to meet its environmental goals, ensure the protection of ecosystems and contribute to the development of rural communities. As part of its sustainability strategy, Prodeco is exploring, with USAID, Conservation International and others, the possibility of going beyond the Pacific region to structure and develop projects of this type.

Conservation International planned and led all contact between Prodeco and Fondo Acción in this effort.

“Fondo Acció​n has been our ally for many years now, Prodeco is our new ally. The project was formulated with the support of USAID. As soon as the carbon tax started, and the carbon neutrality opportunity came out, we set out to search among our allies for the BioREDD Pacífico project (one of the few that were ready) and it piqued Prodeco’s interest,” said Fabio Arjona, Director of Conservation International-Colombia.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

​Arlington, Va. (April 19, 2018) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today welcomed new partner Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge aims to make coffee the first globally sustainable…
​Arlington, Va. (April 19, 2018) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today welcomed new partner Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA. The Sustainable Coffee Challenge aims to make coffee the first globally sustainable agricultural product.

“Massimo Zanetti joins the Challenge at a significant time for the coffee industry,” said Bambi Semroc, Vice President of Sustainable Markets and Strategy at Conservation International. “Massimo Zanetti is one of the larger coffee roasters in the United States and we are excited to see them join in this global effort, demonstrating that sustainability is important throughout the coffee market.”   

In addition to soucing coffee from farmers across the globe, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA runs a coffee farm at its Koloa Estate in Hawaii that has 2,500 miles of drip tubing in an efficient drip irrigation system to water and fertilize the coffee trees – away from pesticides and dust. Elements used in the irrigation and fertilizing process are cleaned and reused in the fields, including water and coffee-cherry pulp and mulch from any pruning.

In addition, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA strives for a low-carbon footprint with its single-source supplier distribution system where only a single truck is used for coffee delivery.

The coffee company has also been streamlining its use of plastics to cut out waste. It designs more sustainable cups, such as the single-serve Filter Cups™ and A Better Cup By Design™, which uses 30 percent less plastic than a traditional plastic single-serve cup.

“We may be one of the world’s leading coffee companies, but as we see it, our corporate responsibility extends well beyond our customers and shareholders to the entire planet and everyone on it,” said Clay P. Dockery Division Vice President, Corporate Brands, Massimo Zanetti. “That’s why we’re committed to good environmental stewardship and community involvement.”

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge, formed by Conservation International and Starbucks and launched during the Paris climate meetings in 2015, is uniting players from across the coffee industry – growers, traders, roasters, retailers, governments and NGOs. It aims to stimulate greater demand for sustainable coffee while partnering to find solutions to mitigate impacts of climate change and other stressors.

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA joins a growing list of partners in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge. Other recent additions include Tata Coffee and Illy. To join as a partner in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, contact scc@conservation.org.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About the Sustainable Coffee Challenge
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge convenes, unites and urges the coffee sector and conservation partners across the industry to spur the actions and investments necessary to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. The Challenge is committed to stimulating demand for sustainable coffee across the value chain, from the policymaking level to the final consumer. By encouraging demand for sustainable coffee, it leads to investments that enable the transition to a sustainable production and ensuring the coffee we drink is a sustainable product.

About Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA
Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA is among the nation’s largest coffee roasters, with nationally recognized retail brands including Chock full o’Nuts®, Hills Bros.®, Segafredo Zanetti®, Kauai Coffee®, MJB® and Chase & Sanborn®. With its headquarters in Portsmouth, Virginia and state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Suffolk, Virginia, the company produces proprietary and private label coffee, tea and drink mix for customers in all retail and food service channels throughout North America and around the world. In addition, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA franchises Chock full o’Nuts® Coffee Shops and Segafredo Zanetti Espresso® Cafés. Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA is part of the Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, www.mzb-group.com, one of the world’s largest coffee group groups, comprised of nearly 40 companies operating in more than 35 countries. For more information, visit: www.mzb-usa.com.

​Arlington, Va. (April 19, 2018) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today welcomed illycaffè among its partners working towards making coffee the world's first sustainably grown agricultural product. The addition of illy…
​Arlington, Va. (April 19, 2018) – The Sustainable Coffee Challenge today welcomed illycaffè among its partners working towards making coffee the world’s first sustainably grown agricultural product. The addition of illy will bring the list of Sustainable Coffee Challenge partners to 100. 

The initiative is part of illy’s longstanding commitment to creating economic, social and environmental value, while improving the quality of life of its stakeholders through ethics and excellence. Through the Ernesto Illy Foundation, the company actively promotes reforestation efforts in Támara, Colombia, with native trees planted near sources of water aiming to increase local, natural water flow.

“Having an iconic Italian coffee brand like illy join the Challenge is a major milestone for the Challenge,” said Bambi Semroc, Vice President Sustainable Markets and Strategy at Conservation International. “We believe that this will help drive demand for sustainable coffee and catalyze investments to tackle tough challenges facing the future of coffee, such as climate change.” 

“Sustainability for us is the other face of quality. One cannot exist without the other and we cannot pursue our founder’s dream of offering the greatest coffee to the world without continuing to improve our sustainability model,” said Andrea Illy, Chairman of illycaffè s.p.a. “We are motivated and inspired to join the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, as we share these fundamental values and the goal of making coffee a true model of sustainable agricultural practice. To make this a reality, the global coffee community needs to come together and join efforts on many levels.”

The Sustainable Coffee Challenge, formed by Conservation International and Starbucks and launched during the Paris climate meetings in 2015, is uniting players from across the coffee industry – growers, traders, roasters, retailers, governments and NGOs. It aims to stimulate greater demand for sustainable coffee while partnering to find solutions to mitigate impacts of climate change and other stressors.

illy is the Sustainable Coffee Challenge’s 100th partner. Other recent additions include Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA and Tata Coffee. To join as a partner in the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, contact scc@conservation.org.

About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow its work on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About the Sustainable Coffee Challenge
The Sustainable Coffee Challenge convenes, unites and urges the coffee sector and conservation partners across the industry to spur the actions and investments necessary to make coffee the first sustainable agriculture product in the world. The Challenge is committed to stimulating demand for sustainable coffee across the value chain, from the policymaking level to the final consumer. By encouraging demand for sustainable coffee, it leads to investments that enable the transition to a sustainable production and ensuring the coffee we drink is a sustainable product.

About illycaffè
illycaffè is an Italian family business, founded in Trieste in 1933 and committed to offering the greatest coffee to the world. illy is the world’s most global coffee brand, producing the unique illy 100% Arabica blend made of 9 of the world ‘s best selections of Arabica;  each day more than 7 million cups  are served in over 140 countries in the finest cafés, restaurants, hotels and in offices and homes. illy has become the standard forerunner of espresso, and thanks to three critical innovations, is considered the leader in the science and technology of coffee. With the bestowing of the first  “Ernesto Illy Award  for quality espresso coffee” in 1991 in Brazil, illy also pioneered direct sourcing, sharing know-how and paying a premium price for the best quality, based on partnerships underwritten by the principles of sustainable development. The company also founded the University of Coffee with the aim of fostering and spreading its culture, providing comprehensive academic and hands-on training for coffee growers, baristas and coffee lovers in order to cover every aspect of the product.