For a more sustainable, prosperous future
We can accomplish more together. Governments, local communities, Indigenous Peoples, private and public funders, and NGOs are uniting behind an innovative and proven conservation model–Project Finance for Permanence (PFP)–that helps achieve nature, climate and community development goals at sub-national, national and international scales.
Enduring Earth is accelerating ocean, land and freshwater conservation worldwide to help address the climate and biodiversity crises and support community development. We can accomplish more together. Governments, local communities, Indigenous Peoples, private and public funders, and NGOs are uniting behind an innovative and proven conservation model—Project Finance for Permanence (PFP)—that helps achieve nature, climate and community development goals at sub-national, national and international scales.
Current PFP Projects & Deals
Partners have already worked with five nations, conserving nearly 90 million hectares, an area nearly four times the size of Gabon. By 2030, Enduring Earth aims to protect an additional half a billion hectares in partnership with at least 20 nations and mobilize nearly $4 billion in new funding.
Herencia Colombia (Heritage Colombia)
Heritage Colombia PFP aims to safeguard the country’s incredible natural places by expanding and effectively managing more than 8.8 million hectares of Colombia’s National System of Protected Areas, which includes 32 million hectares of Colombian landscapes and seascapes. Heritage Colombia also includes land outside of protected areas, such as private reserves, land managed by Afro-Colombian communities, and land owned by Indigenous communities.
Amazon Region Protected Areas for Life (ARPA for Life)
Amazon Region Protected Areas (ARPA) for Life is the largest tropical forest protected areas program on Earth. Launched in 2014, ARPA for Life was created to expand, consolidate, and maintain Brazil’s 60-million-hectare network of protected areas, which will include 6 million hectares of new protected areas. By securing 15% of the Brazilian Amazon in strict and sustainable use protected areas, ARPA for Life is expected to avoid 1.4 billion tons of carbon emissions by 2050.
Bhutan for Life
Bhutan for Life is the first PFP initiative in Asia. Launched in 2018, Bhutan for Life permanently protects the nation’s 2-million-hectare network of protected areas and biological corridors and funds proper management of Bhutan’s protected area system—which constitutes 51% of the country, the highest percentage of land protected by any Asian country. Bhutan for Life also promotes renewable energy and biogas to reduce demand for firewood and forest degradation, community-based natural resource management, and resilient livelihoods.
Patrimonio Natural de Perú (Peru’s Natural Legacy)
Peru’s Natural Legacy was launched in 2019 and supports the expansion and effective management of 16.7 million hectares of the Peruvian Amazon, covering 87% of the country’s protected areas network. By protecting these forests from destruction, Peru’s Natural Legacy will secure the 6.7 billion metric tons of carbon they store, supporting greater resilience to climate change and benefitting 1.4 million people who depend on Peru’s rainforests for food, medicines, and clean energy.
Great Bear Rainforest Agreement
British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest stretches across 19 million acres, where old-growth forest shelters spirit bears and salmon thrive in the rivers. It is also the homeland of First Nations people who have cared for these forests, rivers and coastline for eons. In 2016, the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement – the world’s first PFP – was signed between First Nations and the provincial government, creating 5 million acres of new protected areas as well as sustainable management on millions of acres of forests. The project also supported the leadership of First Nations communities with millions of dollars invested in resource management.
Forever Costa Rica
An historic agreement which closed in 2010, Forever Costa Rica secured $57 million in long-term financing and formulated a conservation and climate adaptation plan for the country’s marine and terrestrial protected areas. This PFP not only improved management effectiveness across all national parks, it also tripled the area of marine protection, filling a critical gap in the nation’s conservation efforts. Costa Rica has now durably and permanently protected 12,950 square kilometers of terrestrial habitat and 11,650 square kilometers of marine habitat due to the innovative approach of the PFP.
For Durable Conservation
Project Finance for Permanence is a tool to enable governments and local communities, in partnership with funders and NGOs, to secure long-term management and financing for networks of conservation areas in the form of a deal with a single closing agreement.
Enduring Earth is a collaboration of The Nature Conservancy, The Pew Charitable Trusts, World Wildlife Fund and ZOMALAB, the family office of Ben and Lucy Ana Walton.
Image credits: Luis Barreto / WWF-UK, Mark Godfrey / TNC, James Morgan / WWF-US, Adriano Gambarini / WWF-Brazil, Emmanuel Rondeau / WWF-UK, Day’s Edge Productions, Jeffrey Dávila / WWF-Peru, Jon McCormack, Sergio Pucci