Our Mission

To advance the long-term preservation of nature and biodiversity in the tropics and other priority areas worldwide.

What we do

  • Secure land for permanent protection in private nature reserves;
  • Partner with the Kayapo indigenous people in Brazil to protect a vast area of the southeastern Amazon;
  • Work with local communities to protect threatened species and ecosystems and build local support for conserving nature;
  • Take action to protect marine ecosystems from illegal destructive fishing practices;
  • Pioneer highly successful ways of working with pastoral communities in Mali to protect critical habitat for elephants and humans;
  • Reduce threats to shorebird populations wintering in Latin America and Asia;
  • Maintain a trust fund to permanently protect Peru's first conservation concession;
  • Improve actions to address and reduce deforestation in the Andean Amazon based on advanced near real-time monitoring.

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What sets us apart

  • Direct conservation action to protect natural ecosystems and reduce threats.
  • Staying lean and flexible:
    • We partner with experienced non-governmental organizations based in the areas in which we work.
    • We focus on conservation priorities1 with good value for money (see our project selection criteria);
  • With our partners, we involve local communities in conservation efforts.
  • Our work is science based. We also try to base it on a sound understanding of the human element, socioeconomic and political, from local communities to the national level.
  • Transparency: We disclose the cost of each of our programs and who our partners and co-funders are.

1   What makes a conservation priority?  Key considerations are: vulnerability (species and ecological communities that are rare or have small ranges, as many do in the tropics); species richness/biodiversity; existing threats; and knowing what actions are needed and that they are feasible and cost-effective.


Our Advantage

A core group of donors supports all administrative costs and will continue to do so as we grow.
This means that support from other donors goes entirely to programs.

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