Devising ways for humans to leave a lighter footprint on Planet Earth is a challenge that demands creative solutions. From helping farmers in Kenya coexist with wild animals to revising the tax code to incentivize conservation, Morrison & Foerster lawyers work with nonprofit partners toward a healthier and more sustainable future.

Supporting Sustainable Fishing

 

This is a story of converging interests: family-owned fishing businesses who want to pass down a sustainable enterprise to future generations have teamed up with environmentalists who want to maintain a healthy marine ecosystem, and the result is a cooperative fish marketing enterprise that gives consumers direct access to fresh, locally caught seafood. MoFo lawyers worked with the San Francisco Crab Boat Owners Association and Ecotrust for five years to create a new entity that makes it all possible.

Creating a Safe Corridor for Wild Animals

MoFo attorneys are helping The Nature Conservancy and its local partner, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, to create an "ecological corridor" in Kenya. The corridor allows wild animals to pass safely between two of their seasonal sources of food: the World Heritage Site adjacent to Mt. Kenya and the Northern Kenyan Grasslands. Creating the corridor requires purchasing 60,000 acres of land, while giving permission to current property owners to retain small private in-holdings as their homes. The new corridor promotes sustainable biodiversity. It reduces conflict between animals and local residents by diminishing destructive foraging on local farmers' fields and crops, while also creating ecotourism opportunities.

"For more than 30 years, Morrison & Foerster has helped The Nature Conservancy protect land and water for the benefit of nature and people in such diverse places as Idaho, Kenya, and Indonesia. We are extraordinarily appreciative and grateful for MoFo's legal services and contributions to our conservation work."

Philip Tabas, General Counsel, The Nature Conservancy

 

"Morrison & Foerster's attorneys took time to get to know us and our mission, and took a personal interest in our organization's success in helping farmers and fish share our river's water resources. The dedication of the legal team led to faster results than even we expected."

Sari Sommarstrom, Consultant, Scott River Water Trust

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