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The Obô snail's shell alone can reach a whopping 13.5 centimetres © Vasco Pissarra

Protecting the forest giants

Wed, 01/04/2020
On the remote African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe, conservationists are using education and storytelling to protect a unique snail and the forest it lives in – before it gets forgotten forever.
Founders Jim & Jean Thomas won the Future for Nature Award © Tenkile Conservation Alliance

Why people and forests need tree kangaroos

Fri, 20/03/2020
What started out as a mission to save tree kangaroos has transformed the lives of over 13,000 people and boosted the conservation of some of Papua New Guinea’s most biodiverse and globally important rainforests.
93% of the Black-breasted Puffleg's habitat has been altered or degraded © Murray Cooper

Growing flowers to save a Critically Endangered...

Mon, 27/01/2020
In Ecuador’s high Andean forests, the Black-breasted Puffleg is running out of habitat. A forest restoration programme offers hope, working with local people to plant the species’ favourite flowers.
Women take part in an organic farming project near Dakatcha Woodland, Kenya © Thomas Lehmberg / DOF

5 ways to include more women in your conservation...

Thu, 03/10/2019
Conservation projects can’t work unless everyone in the local community is involved. But at the moment, many women are being left out. Our CEPF project in East Africa shares some simple steps on how to welcome women into the conversation.
White-rumped Vulture © Vickey Chauhan / Shutterstock

Local people protect Nepal lake by welcoming...

Tue, 06/08/2019
How are the Tharu community helping to protect their lake and the rare birds that live there? Why not visit them and find out! Thanks to an innovative homestay programme, wildlife lovers the world over are flocking to the area, helping wildlife and people as they do.
Giant Ibis © Jonathan Eames

One site. Five Critically Endangered birds. Here...

Mon, 05/08/2019
Forget Africa’s “Big Five” - where in the world can you spot five Critically Endangered birds in one place? This year, proceeds from the British Birdwatching Fair will go towards conserving Western Siem Pang, a forest sanctuary home to 70% of Cambodia’s vultures and two of the world’s rarest ibises.
© Fode Sembene Camara

How is new 'solar salt' technology...

Fri, 26/07/2019
In Dubréka, Guinea, salt production used to involve cutting down mangroves to burn as fuelwood. Now, a new project is using solar technology to extract salt in a safer, more sustainable way that is already allowing mangroves to regrow.
Lake Natron's hot, alkaline water is deadly to most other animals © Christoph Strässler

Bumper breeding season at Tanzania’s ‘Flamingo...

Fri, 07/06/2019
Researchers at Lake Natron reported a 130% increase in the number of adults and a 600% increase in chicks since last year.
The "baby shower"-style hatching ceremony drew media attention © Aranyak

The Adjutant Army: an all-female campaign for an...

Mon, 25/03/2019
A gangly, bald, leathery bird with a penchant for eating garbage, the Greater Adjutant’s unconventional appearance has brought it to the edge of extinction. But in India, an all-female group of conservationists is fighting to clear its name.
Mount Afadjato is the highest mountain in Ghana

How to make a conservation project last: a...

Mon, 05/11/2018
In 1998, the Ghana Wildlife Society set up a community forest reserve at Mount Afadjato to halt deforestation and promote sustainable livelihoods. They share their successes and lessons learned over the years in their bid to involve the community in a lasting solution.
Representative members of the 5 community forests in Taraba state during a stakeholders workshop for forest conservation

Nigerian communities defy odds to protect forest...

Wed, 17/10/2018
Illegal rosewood traders were targeting vulnerable groups, encouraging them to earn a living from logging. To combat this, Nigeria Conservation Foundation helped local people to set up five community forests where they can earn a sustainable income without destroying vital habitats.
The reserve is home to the White-necked Rockfowl (Vulnerable to extinction) © Francesco Veronesi

Kambui Hills Forest: the reserve run by a whole...

Fri, 24/08/2018
How do we foster a society where humans live in harmony with rainforests? By making sure everyone has a say in how their forest is managed and protected. In Sierra Leone, the Jensen Project is enabling local people to do just that.

A recipe for a more sustainable world

Mon, 06/08/2018
Farming doesn’t have to be in conflict with nature. Around the world, we’re working with projects that prove it’s possible to grow food in a way that benefits both wildlife and livelihoods. Here's a tasty selection for starters...
Le crapaud vivipare du Mont Nimba en Afrique de l’ouest donne naissance à des jeunes formés ©  Sandberger-Loua L, Müller H, Rödel M-O

Lutte contre la pauvreté rurale: des communautés...

Wed, 18/07/2018
C’est un fait regrettable: les personnes vivant près des zones importantes pour la biodiversité sont souvent très pauvres et dépendent uniquement de l’exploitation des ressources naturelles pour leurs moyens d’existence. Actuellement, un projet vise à inverser cette tendance, permettant ainsi aux communautés d’améliorer leur sort en utilisant les ressources de façon durable.
© NATURAMA

Un partenariat en béton pour la conservation de...

Thu, 07/06/2018
C’est une première au Burkina Faso… Une histoire d’amour entre l’organisation nationale de conservation de la nature NATURAMA (BirdLife - Burkina Faso) et la cimenterie privée CIMBURKINA qui ont la volonté commune de conjuguer leurs efforts et de nouer un partenariat solide pour renforcer la conservation de la nature et améliorer les conditions de vie des communautés sur les sites d’exploitation de la cimenterie.
An alliance between a conservation organisation and a cement company is benefiting the community © NATURAMA

A concrete partnership for nature conservation in...

Thu, 07/06/2018
It’s a first for Burkina Faso... a love story between environmental organization NATURAMA (BirdLife - Burkina Faso) and the private cement factory CIMBURKINA. Their common aim is to strengthen nature conservation and improve community livelihoods at the cement plant's operating sites.
Colombia is home to 1,877 bird species, including the Andean Cock-of-the-rock © Lisa Strachan

Protecting birds through war and peace: our...

Mon, 04/06/2018
While armed conflict in Colombia may be over, an influx of illegal miners and loggers means our newest Partner’s collaborative approach to conservation has never been more important.
Mount Nimba Nature reserve supports species like this pregnant toad, about to give birth to live young © Sandberger-Loua L, Müller H, Rödel M-O

Fighting rural poverty: community empowered to...

Tue, 29/05/2018
It’s an unfortunate fact: people living near Important Biodiversity Areas are often very poor and depend solely on the exploitation of natural resources for their livelihoods. Now, a project is working to buck this trend, empowering communities to improve their lot by using resources sustainably.