Why do we work with local communities such as farmers, indigenous groups, and fishing villages? Because local people must be engaged and fully committed to sustainable living for conservation to be effective.
We have a deep respect for the people who live in the remarkable places where we work, and have much to gain from their insights. By working with them to cultivate conservation solutions from the ground up, we’re empowering them to take ownership over their land and livelihood.
There is a common misconception that conservation is in conflict with development. While there are challenges to overcome with every project, our work focuses on harmonizing people with nature so that they not only protect it, but benefit from it. In many cases, it is the local communities that approach us for support, because our conservation ethic and philosophy of empowerment resonates with them.