Mapping Tool Brings Industry and Conservation Groups Together to Help the Environment
Private corporations find conservation opportunities through the Conservation Registry
In New Jersey, the Wildlife Habitat Council uses the Conservation Registry to find successful osprey habitat enhancement projects to help a corporate partner maximize their conservation investments.
Defenders' partners, including federal, state and local agencies, conservation organizations, educational institutions, watershed councils, corporations and individuals, have supported the Registry with their project data, financial support and expertise. Every dot on the Registry map represents a partner!
The Conservation Registry is a free online conservation tool developed by Defenders of Wildlife and partners in 2008. With 14,000 wildlife and conservation projects mapped across the United States, the Conservation Registry provides much needed context for environmental decision-making.
The Wildlife Habitat Council, an enthusiastic partner, has a portal in the Conservation Registry for tracking their projects and helping corporate partners find project opportunities.For example, one company is working with WHC to restore habitat for ospreys, which are in serious decline in New Jersey where the company is located.
"The Wildlife Habitat Council created a portal to feature their projects and use the mapping tool to find opportunities for their corporate partners." says Gina LaRocco, the Registry's program manager. "They immediately understood how the Registry could simplify their investigations."
Finding the Best Information About Conservation Opportunities in Your Area
The Wildlife Habitat Council turned to the Conservation Registry for visual context, to identify nearby projects and present this data to their partners quickly and comprehensively. "Using the Registry's mapping tool, we could click on different map layers to find out where the closest forest lands were, and who owned them," says Josiane Bonneau, Director of Field Programs for the Wildlife Habitat Council. "Then we wanted to find other successful projects in our target area and see who managed them. With the Conservation Registry, we went to one web site rather than six."
Triple Bottom Line for Corporate Partners
In a corporate program setting, any project’s success and long term sustainability is linked to how well it relates to stakeholder interest, conservation need and profitability—the triple bottom line. The Conservation Registry is the best decision-making tool available to help achieve these goals.
What It Means for Wildlife Habitat
With clear and accessible information provided by new visualization tools like the Conservation Registry, industry and a conservation organization find they have common goals for preserving our natural heritage.
Conservation Registry: www.conservationregistry.org
Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Projects: wildlifehc.conservationregistry.org
Wildlife Habitat Council Website: www.wildlifehc.org