Rachael Petersen :: Global Forest Watch

Global Forest Watch keeps track of the world’s forests. They combine satellite data, cloud computing, and advanced algorithms to detect deforestation data in real-time. Their free, powerful information tool helps government, companies and civil society make decisions and take timely action to manage and protect forests. 

Maria Teresa Vargas :: Fundación Natura

Fundación Natura Bolivia creates deals where beneficiaries of downstream municipal water sources pay for upstream conservation. They’ve developed 41 Municipal Reciprocal Watershed Agreements in Bolivia that protect 550,000 acres of Bolivian tropical forest.

Christine Su :: PastureMap

PastureMap makes it easy to manage grazing of pastures. Better grazing practices lead to better soil, more carbon sequestered – and more profit. Good management is complicated: their mobile app makes it easy for ranchers to know where and when to move cattle.

John-O Niles :: The Carbon Institute

The Carbon Institute develops simpler and better methods to accurately account for carbon emissions and gets those methods into play in countries where it matters most. The better governments can measure, the better they can reduce. The Carbon Institute identifies and trains the experts that governments rely on to help measure and manage carbon. 

Margarita Mora :: Conservation Stewards Program

The Conservation Stewards Program pioneered the use of win-win conservation agreements wherein communities get development benefits in exchange for conservation action. CSP has driven 1,200 agreements in across 19 countries that protect 4.4M high-value acres and deliver benefits to 30,000 people. 

Crystal Davis :: Global Forest Watch

Global Forest Watch (GFW), a program of World Resources Institute, created a software tool that allows policy-makers, agency officials and watchdog NGOs to monitor forest loss and gain in near real-time with satellite imagery. Under Crystal’s stewardship, GFW has been a leader, making satellite images and analytics available to the right people in the right way. Through Crystal’s work, GFW has built a human network of user partners as powerful as the technology platform itself. Now, she’s focused on supporting partners to assure that groundbreaking data turns into action. 

Paulina Villalpando :: HCV Resource Network

Paulina has revved up the activity-level and impact potential of the High Conservation Value (HCV) Resource Network, whose members include World Wildlife Fund, World Resources Institute, and the Nature Conservancy. HCV is a systematic approach to forest management and land use that designates important habitat for conservation. The HCV Network gets corporate players to sign on to their global standard and trains auditors to identify and monitor high conservation value areas where those corporations operate. HCV areas range from old-growth forests in Siberia to habitats of threatened orangutans in Southeast Asia.

Fred Nelson :: Maliasili Initiatives

Maliasili Initiatives helps African organizations achieve better, faster conservation outcomes. They find high potential organizations and help them refine their strategy, hire great talent, and raise more money. Maliasili works with 15 of the best groups out there -- covering 20M hectares -- and makes them even better.  

Jim Cannon :: Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

Sustainable Fisheries Project focuses on seafood buyers at the top of the supply chain as the drivers of conservation. Those buyers – who have a vested interest in a healthy fishery – organize buyers, suppliers and fishers throughout the supply chain to ensure a lasting supply of fish.