Per the Daughters eligibility criteria, all proposed projects must be place-based efforts working on nature conservation or regenerative agriculture that align with One Earth’s Solutions Taxonomy—a holistic, science-based framework that lays out the key solutions pathways to solving the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.
In order to reverse the biodiversity crisis and stabilize the Earth’s climate system, we must protect, restore and connect 50% of the world’s lands and seas in a Global Safety Net that supports all of life. All projects working to conserve wildlands, waters, and oceans, restore ecosystems, rewild species, connect natural habitats, and strengthen and support land rights for Indigenous peoples and local communities fall under this solution pathway. Nature conservation projects are organized into four sub-categories.
Projects working towards the long-term protection and Indigenous governance of natural land areas and wildlife across forests, wetlands, grasslands, and drylands. Projects in this category include a range of activities, including; conservation management and monitoring, upholding and expanding land rights for Indigenous peoples and local communities, anti-poaching efforts, campaigns, community organizing, and efforts to support biodiversity in urban areas.
Projects working towards the long-term protection and sustainable management of marine areas and species—from coastal ecosystems and coral reefs to deep ocean habitats. Projects in this category can include a range of activities, such as efforts to protect marine habitats and wildlife, conservation management and monitoring, expanding sustainable fishing practices, campaigns, community organizing, and training.
Projects working to recover degraded ecosystems and their natural processes through reforestation, habitat regeneration, and rewilding of keystone species. Projects in this category can include a range of activities, such as efforts to restore forests, grasslands, wetlands, coastal areas (with native plants such as mangroves, seagrass, kelp, and sargassum), and coral reefs, as well as restoring species back to their historic habitats.
Projects that create and maintain corridors and connections between natural habitats, enabling species to move unimpeded across both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Projects in this category can include a range of activities, such as efforts to create wildlife crossings, land buffers, and marine corridors, as well as efforts to protect our rivers and streams and ensure they flow freely.
We can feed our growing population, improve human nutrition, and achieve net zero food and fiber systems globally through regenerative agricultural practices, which increase soil health, fertility, and carbon storage. All projects working to regenerate soil health, diversify crops, uplift smallholder farmers, reduce meat consumption and food waste, and produce sustainable fabrics and textiles fall under this solution pathway. Regenerative agriculture projects are organized into four sub-categories.
Working to restore the health and biodiversity of the soil, improve crop resilience, and increase the net carbon stored in farmlands. Projects in this category can include a range of activities, such as restoring degraded croplands, agroforestry, scaling the use of sustainable fertilizers like compost, protecting traditional seed diversity, polyculture farming (cultivating diverse crops), and upholding smallholder farms.
Managing pastureland to decrease methane emissions and maximize carbon stored in the soil by eliminating deforestation, increasing ecosystem health, and shifting diets to decrease the strain on our rangelands. Projects in this category can include a range of activities, such as increasing practices such as rotational grazing or providing corridors for pastoralists, silvopasture ( integration of trees into livestock grazing areas), and reducing meat consumption.
Food Waste Reduction
Reducing the amount of food wasted through on and off-farm measures. Projects in this category can include a range of activities, such as reducing food waste by increasing home gardening, sourcing locally grown foods, and supporting efforts to scale composting from food waste in cities and homes.
Replacing fossil-fuel-based fabrics (nylon, polyester, spandex, etc.) with fabrics and textiles grown using regenerative farming practices and implementing systems to reuse and recycle clothing after its useful life. Projects in this category can include a range of activities, such as sustainably producing fiber for textiles, reducing the use of chemicals in dyes, eliminating fast fashion, and improving the recycling/reuse of materials.