Today we face unprecedented challenges: climate change, loss of biodiversity, food and water insecurity, and a growing population that places greater demands on our natural resources. As our climate and environment change, the Smithsonian is setting the stage for people-focused conservation.
Working Land and Seascapes is a network of individuals and institutions that share a vision for conservation science that recognizes humanity’s relationship to nature. We spark ideas, forge partnerships, and share knowledge to tackle today’s biggest conservation and climate challenges on the world’s land and seascapes. We aim to foster healthy, resilient, and productive landscapes and seascapes for the benefit of people and nature.
What We Do
The environment provides all of us with the natural resources we need to live and make a living. To inspire action that ensures the health and safety of both people and planet, we provide seed funding for big ideas, conduct interdisciplinary research, and share successes.
We partner with communities, decision-makers, and other national and international actors across the globe to inform game-changing environmental policies and improve conservation practices. Our projects work to protect and restore ecosystems ranging from coral reefs to grasslands to tropical forests.
Where We Work
We support over 16 projects that span 13 countries. Explore each of these projects in more detail on the interactive Storymap below!