Vivamos Mejor works with local farmer communities and authorities in Guatemala, to improve how they manage water, forests and soil – the basis of their livelihoods. They take an integrated approach based on the implementation of watershed management plans, education and capacity building, recovery of deforested areas to reduce erosion, use of efficient stoves to reduce firewood consumption, and adoption of organic farming for better yields and income.
Oceánium runs the largest mangrove restoration program worldwide, in Senegal, where 45,000 hectares of its mangroves – a quarter of the total surface area – have been lost since the 70s.
Restoring the mangroves in Senegal provides a natural protection against floods, a carbon sink, a natural nursery for many species (some consumed by the local population), and protects agricultural fields further inland by reducing the entry of saline water.
Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRCC) is a Nigerian NGO active in the southeastern rainforest region of the country and in the Niger delta. It works closely with the local communities, building capacity and implementing pilot projects focused on sustainable resource use and habitat restoration. Besides developing alternative livelihood options compatible with conservation efforts, it also conducts tree planting work with multipurpose native species, and develops educational activities with the communities and schools.
The SEEDS Trust has been working with communities in the Tamil Nadu region of India for over 20 years. They combine practical measures for the regeneration and conservation of endangered habitats and species with concrete improvements to the livelihoods of surrounding communities. Their approach includes reforestation work in and around conservation areas, developing sustainable usage of forest products, better agricultural practices and a strong involvement of different stakeholders.
By combining reforestation in Nicaragua with carbon-compensation programs, Taking Root creates long-term income opportunities for farmers while restoring the local ecosystems.
By planting local tree species, which are more resistant to increased drought and extreme weather conditions, the local ecosystems can be restored. By managing these new plantations in a sustainable way, the small landowners and farmers can have an extra income from the forest products to complements the one from agriculture, thus improving their livelihoods.
Following the destruction of the mangrove forests around their village, the people of Sankandi felt the direct consequences of their loss: less fish to catch and farmland lost due to salt accumulated in the soil. Under this grassroots project in rural Gambia, the community organised itself to revert their fate. They started a large scale mangrove replanting effort, with 200’000 plants so far, and additional activities to empower the rural communities and improve their socio-economic situation while advancing several sustainable development goals.
The Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) projects in Bali and Borneo take an holistic approach to conservation and community development, focusing on the protection of wildlife, restoration of habitats and the creation of alternatives that improve the well-being of local communities, while empowering and motivating them to protect their wildlife and environment.