Safeguarding our climate, supporting livelihoods, maintaining the health of the oceans, and ensuring a balance between biodiversity and people

In the Environment Programme, we have three sub-programmes (climate change, marine conservation, and wildlife conservation and trade). 

Climate change

Because we envision a world where our children will grow up in a clean, safe climate, we support innovative solutions to climate change. Our strategy aims to protect clean air, build healthy and resilient communities, and create jobs in the clean energy sector around the world. In December 2015, world leaders signed the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. Their pledge is to keep global average temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius. It is an ambitious target and we will play a role alongside civil society groups, businesses and policy makers in finding ways to meet it. Our grants between 2016 and 2020 are helping to guide economic, social and environmental development policies towards clean energy and an equitable future. To this end, we support organisations in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Southeast Asia and the United States.

Our climate change sub-programme has 4 focus areas:

Clean and efficient energy systems
Sustainable cities
Vehicle efficiency and electrification
An enabling environment

Marine conservation

Maintaining the health of the oceans is critical for the future of people and the planet. Yet, our oceans are suffering from the compounding threats of overfishing, pollution and climate change.

In the Environment Programme, our marine strategy for 2016 to 2020 takes a solutions-based approach to reversing this trend and to improving oceans’ health. It focuses on three key sectors: industrial fishing, small-scale fisheries and plastics pollution. We support organisations based in Europe, the Arctic, East Asia and Africa.

Our strategy builds on past successes and sets in motion cutting-edge initiatives that: promote sustainable development; contribute to the integrity of marine ecosystems; and enhance the wellbeing of coastal and indigenous communities.

Our marine conservation sub-programme has three focus areas:

Small scale fisheries
• Plastic waste
• Industrial fisheries

Wildlife conservation and trade

Oak Foundation’s Environment Programme is committed to protecting rhinoceros and elephant populations by making sure that conditions exist for these species’ survival in the wild. To give wild populations of rhinoceros and elephant a reprieve from illegal trading, we need a formidable, coordinated response by all partners for every link in the supply chain. Our strategy encourages dual approaches that address the root causes of the wildlife trade and recognise the complementary role of governments, not-for-profit organisations and the private sector. Our conservation efforts are informed by our deep respect for the legitimate interests and human rights of communities and indigenous peoples who live in and around conservation areas as well as by concern for the protection of the natural environment.

Our wildlife conservation and trade sub-programme has three focus areas:

• Strengthening conservation efforts to ensure the safety of endangered wildlife
Building global capacity

You can read more about our sub-programme areas below in our strategy section.