By Eric Delvin, Emerald Edge Program Director
Today the Bezos Earth Fund has committed $100 million to The Nature Conservancy to support work to tackle climate change in North America and India and scale nature-based solutions to climate change around the world.
Of that, $20 million will support Indigenous-led conservation and carbon sequestration through our Emerald Edge program. The Emerald Edge is the largest intact temperate rainforest on earth, spanning Washington, British Columbia and Southeast Alaska.
Surveying freshwater streams for salmon in the rainforest on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. These forests are hugely important for people, salmon and carbon storage. © TNC/Erica Nortemann
This is a transformative gift that will enable us to directly support First Nations authority and stewardship for one of the most important places on the planet. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to mitigate climate change in a way that supports the authority, the cultures and the economies of the people who have stewarded these lands and waters since time immemorial.
These rainforests harbor globally significant biodiversity and carbon stores. The average annual rainfall of more than 115 inches results in huge, long-lived trees which are not affected by the pests and
Original Title: Bezos Earth Fund will be transformative for Emerald Edge communities and forests
Full Text of the Original Article: https://www.washingtonnature.org/fieldnotes/2020/11/11/bezos-earth-fund-will-be-transformative-for-emerald-edge-communities-and-forests