Posts by iandutton


This week, Nautilus is participating in meetings of the SASAP (State of Alaska’s Salmon and People) project’s Salmon and Wellbeing Working Group at NCEAS. The Wellbeing group is co-led by Drs. Rachel Donkersloot (AMCC), Jessica Black (UAF) and Courtney Carothers (UAF) and engages a broad cross section of tribal, academic and government experts. The Wellbeing Working Group seeks to assess how salmon contribute to the wellbeing of...

Nautilus recently facilitated a successful three-day partnership retreat for three entities working on conservation and community sustainability efforts in the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea. The Aleutian and Bering Sea Islands Landscape Conservation Cooperative (ABSI LCC) was joined by the Aleut International Association and the National Park Service’s Beringia program at the NOAA/UAF Kasitsna Bay laboratory. The ABSI LCC is one of...

Whanganui: A River with Rights

Whanganui: A River with Rights


Posted By on September 17, 2017

Nautilus staff recently visited the Whanganui River valley on the South Island of New Zealand to learn more about its new status as the world’s first river with the rights of a person. The Whanganui River is the third largest in New Zealand (known as Aotearoa by the indigenous Maori people), traveling some 180 miles from its source on the slopes of Mt Tongariro in the center of the North Island to the Tasman Sea. The Whanganui River...

Imagine an area roughly the size of Texas owned and managed by Indigenous people under a voluntary partnership agreement with the Federal Government. That is the combined area of land, sea and freshwater “country” that is now formally set aside by Aboriginal people and the federal government in Australia to promote conservation and community development. The Australian Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) program began in 1997, and has...

Malaysia is a maritime nation, strategically located at the intersection of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. As such it is one of 17 mega-diverse countries globally, with high levels of terrestrial and marine species richness and endemism. Currently around 11% of Malaysia’s land area is conserved within terrestrial parks and reserves. However, in common with much of the world, marine conservation has lagged and less than 2% of...

On June 8th, World Oceans Day, NII Principal, Dr. Ian Dutton presented an impact investors perspective on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations Oceans Conference held at the UN Headquarters in New York. The World Oceans Conference was a major event organized by the UN to focus on implementation of SDG14. SDG 14 seeks to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable...

Knowledge integration from the bottom up is key for better management of biodiversity and cultural traditions in ancestral estates. In 2015, Nautilus Impact Investing principal Ian Dutton was invited to contribute to an innovative multi-faceted evaluation of an Indigenous Protected Area program in Australia–the Wunambal Gaambera Healthy Country Plan. Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) are voluntarily dedicated by Indigenous...

Partnerships and new approaches to generating greater returns on fisheries research and management investments were the focus of Ian Dutton’s keynote address to the Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership Symposium, held this April in Sterling, Alaska. The Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership (KPFHP) brings together a wide range of government, community, tribal and non-government organizations to support healthy fish,...

Shared Approaches to Measurement

Shared Approaches to Measurement


Posted By on July 17, 2016

Shared approaches to measurement are a hallmark of all professions. Medical professionals employ an increasingly sophisticated array of machines and tests to measure human health, and even professional athletes are judged against increasingly elaborate benchmarks. But how do social and environmental nonprofit professionals evaluate their effectiveness? Back in the early 2000s, while working with The Nature Conservancy I was privileged...

Making an Impact on Climate Adaptation

Making an Impact on Climate Adaptation


Posted By on October 4, 2015

Climate change poses unprecedented challenges – and opportunities for investors interested in positive impact. The 2014 National Climate Assessment reported clear evidence of climate change across the United States. However, the effects of that change manifest in very differently ways depending on state and region. Alaska is experiencing the fastest rate of climate change in the nation–and one of the fastest rates of...