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Making national REDD+ more effective – lessons from pilot implementation and forest certification Date: Friday 4 December 2015 Time: 16:45-18:15 Location: Paris-Le Bourget site – Observer Room 8 What role does sustainable forest management play in the battle against climate change? How can we harness REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) and forest certification to cut carbon emissions while simultaneously reducing poverty and conserving biodiversity? To find out, join Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the Forest Stewardship Council®…
Charity Navigator awards Fauna & Flora International a 4-star charity rating for the sixth year in a row, in recognition of its continued commitment to conservation and strong philanthropic value. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the leading independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. This is the highest rating that Charity Navigator awards, it recognizes the efficiency and effectiveness of FFI operations and its ability to deliver support to where it…
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) prides itself on the act of giving as a benefit to the broader global community. FFI US Executive Director, Katie Frohardt shares a few thoughts about the power of philanthropy and the importance of mobilizing more people to engage.
A new pilot project aims to put financial responsibility for conservation in the hands of the businesses that benefit from healthy ecosystems.
It’s not easy being green – in fact with nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species threatened with extinction, it’s never been harder.
Sticking our Necks Out – Marine Turtle Conservation in Nicaragua Tuesday 10 June 2014 Presented by marine biologist José Urteaga RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ The RSA’s main building is located just behind the Strand in central London, within easy walking distance of underground and railway stations. Getting there View a map of the RSA’s location here. Nearest London Underground Stations 5 minute walk: Charing Cross (Northern Line, Bakerloo Line) 5 minutes walk: Embankment (District and Circle…
New agreement will help protect some of Asia’s most threatened species.
Kindly sponsored by SeaTrek Sailing Adventures Lot item: The voyage of a lifetime 10 day cruise for two aboard the beautiful traditional schooner Ombak Putih exploring remote parts of the Raja Ampat Archipelago and the southern Spice Islands, Indonesia. Value: US $10,000 Dates of trip: 7-16 November 2015 The cruise is a southward sojourn through the very centre of the eastern Indonesian Archipelago. It will start in the world-renowned Raja Ampat Marine Park, navigating through the white sand dotted islands…
Coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator celebrates Fauna & Flora International as offering strong philanthropic value Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the leading independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. This 4-star rating, the highest that Charity Navigator awards, recognizes sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency in FFI’s delivery of its mission – conserving biodiversity globally. In a letter to FFI, Ken Berger, the President and CEO of…
In August 2013 Fauna & Flora International (FFI) hosted a group trip to East Africa for FFI Friends and Conservation Circle members. Here, FFI Chairman Andrew Sykes writes about the remarkable experience he and his family had when visiting FFI projects and encountering gorillas in the wild. Following this is a piece by FFI Friend Robert Akester and the wonderful photos he took during the trip that capture wildlife at its best. The trip of a lifetime I have just…
World's oldest international conservation organisation celebrates its 110th anniversary.
On 15 October 2013, guests gathered at the Royal Geographical Society in London to celebrate Fauna & Flora International’s 110th anniversary with a very special event. Before a 700-strong audience, Sir David Attenborough and BBC compatriot Libby Purves discussed the wonders of nature and Sir David’s incredible career in wildlife broadcasting. Talk also turned to the threats facing our natural world today, and the reasons for conserving biodiversity. Watch the videos Highlights Full version Attenborough has been a member of…
The current issue of Fauna & Flora magazine – a special celebratory edition to mark our 110th anniversary – looks at our long and distinguished history and at the road ahead. View the magazine in a special digital format preview below:
New Board leadership announced at Fauna & Flora International in the United States.
Do you know what you’re washing down the drain? The Good Scrub Guide will help UK consumers find plastic-free facial scrubs, to help tackle the growing problem of microplastic pollution in our seas.
New research will help scientists develop new approaches to tackle conflicts between people and wildlife.
Save Vanishing Species U.S. postage stamps have raised over US$2.18 million for conservation since 2011.
Fauna & Flora International is to be the beneficiary of funds raised through Shackleton Epic The New York Yacht Club was the setting on September 24 for the official US announcement of the Shackleton Epic, an expedition to honor Sir Ernest Shackleton’s heroic 1914–1916 voyage. Speaking at the event, world renowned adventurer Tim Jarvis described his vision to become the first to authentically re-enact Sir Ernest Shackleton’s perilous voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia and the dangerous crossing of…
Fauna & Flora International is to be the beneficiary of funds raised through an historic re-enactment of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s eventful voyage across Antarctica.
Fauna & Flora International’s rapidly expanding marine programme is tackling conservation from all angles.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is no longer running the Conservation Book Club. You can still join FFI as a member or support our work in other ways. Thank you.
Funding will help address the biggest threat to the country’s natural world.
New regional initiative aims to share the benefits of reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
Funding will support the development of innovative conservation and sustainable livelihoods programmes around the world.
Senior Cambodian officials celebrate landmark anniversary with a visit to Fauna & Flora International in the UK
Vice-president Stephen Fry talks of the need for global conservation concern
Building on the success of the Flower Valley Conservation Trust
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is achieving real conservation outcomes by supporting farmers in Brazil to reduce agricultural impacts on threatened Aracauria forest.
An innovative Fauna & Flora International (FFI) project, the Natural Value Initiative, has launched a study on the biodiversity risks and opportunities faced by the pharmaceutical sector.
Cross border implementation plans for the ‘Mitigating Transboundary Illegal Wildlife Trade Programme’ in Vietnam and Lao PDR
Thursday 23rd June The reception will take place at The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB. Doors open at 6.30pm and the evening will close at 9pm. Speakers and musical performance begin at 7pm, drinks and canapés will be served from 7.45pm. Please ensure that you have replied to your invitation so that we can be sure that your name is on the guest list at the door. Many thanks. Contact Milly on +44 (0)1223 431 954 or…
Uzbek conservationist Elena Bykova honoured for her work with the saiga antelope
FFI reflects back on our work with BAT as we begin our new phase of the partnership
Controversy surrounds hydrodam construction on Mekong River
New species discovered in Sapo National Park
Our work in fruit and nut forests recognised by Kyrgyz government
Thank you for joining Fauna & Flora International (FFI) as a Member. Despite many challenges facing wildlife and wild places around the world our planet remains rich and diverse and beautiful and FFI is dedicated to keeping it that way and we are delighted that you are supporting our work. The publications for your Membership Category will shortly be mailed to you. If you have any queries about FFI, our work or your own membership in the future, please do…
Dame Judi Dench, Baroness Amos and Sir Mark Moody-Stuart join FFI's list of ambassadors
FFI Eurasia team and partners to research mass saiga deaths in Kazakhstan in May
We are pleased to share that Newman’s Own Foundation continues to support Fauna & Flora International with a Challenge Grant to help increase year-end giving. Between now and the end of the year, Newman’s Own Foundation will match unrestricted contributions to FFI dollar for dollar up to $100,000. FFI is widely recognized for applying the vast majority of each charitable gift directly to essential fieldwork. In this way, your tax-deductible contribution — made twice as powerful again with Newman’s Own…
New and improved website accompanies rebranding of Fauna & Flora International (FFI).
More than an Oryx – refreshed logo is just part of our rebranding initiative
Our environment is central to human life. It provides a myriad of vital tangible benefits from medical solutions, to fertile food-producing soil, to clean water – upon which millions depend – and carbon-capture capabilities. Increasing threats to our world and its biodiversity demands an increased level and speed of response. It was with this in mind – and indeed due to Australians’ desire to play a strong part in the global solution – that FFI Australia was established in August…
Fauna & Flora International’s AGM and Winter Reception Thursday 10th November 2011 The Commonwealth Club 25 Northumberland Avenue London (nr Trafalgar Square) WC2N 5AP How to get there By Tube The Commonwealth Club is a two minute walk from Embankment tube station (District, Circle, Northern and Bakerloo lines). Charing Cross tube station is also within a three minute walk (Bakerloo and Northern lines). http://www.thecommonwealthclub.co.uk/pages/page.php?id=67 This event is free but if you would like to make a donation to help cover…
'Return of the Rhino: A Last Chance to See Special' programme showcases dramatic northern white rhino translocation
New species of primate in mountains of Myanmar already threatened with extinction
Outstanding results on hawksbill turtle conservation from Fauna & Flora International’s Americas programme.
Important steps have just been taken with FFI support to secure the future of another of the world's most endangered apes in Yunnan Province, China.
Less visible but no less important than the terrestrial realm, the oceans support an extraordinary wealth of species, many of which scientists are only now beginning to encounter, as they explore beyond shallow, nearshore waters. In October 2010 the Census of Marine Life published the results of a decade of investigation worldwide by over 2,700 scientists. They increased the number of known marine species to nearly 250,000, reaching every imaginable habitat. As they report: “The Census found living creatures everywhere…
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) welcomes the scientific findings released yesterday following the largest census of marine life ever undertaken.
José explains how Fauna & Flora International is helping local people get involved in conservation.
The Georgian Carnivore Conservation Project is primarily funded by the EU and is implemented by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in partnership with a national NGO, NACRES. The main focus of the project is the conservation of the unique and globally important biodiversity of the semi-arid landscape in the south-east of the country. The Vashlovani Protected Area complex Located in the south-eastern part of Georgia, this is the project’s key site and covers a total of 35,054 hectares, the bulk…
World’s largest population of western black crested gibbon found in China’s Ailaoshan Mountains.
Sustainable caterpillar fungus harvesting, traditional stone carving and other livelihoods move forward.
Fauna & Flora International and Conservation International publish new report on management of large marine areas around the world.
Wide range of decision-makers share views on the innovative climate change mitigation scheme.
Our magazine Fauna & Flora magazine is designed to keep members and supporters up to date with our global projects, campaigns, events and appeals. With thematic features, project profiles and interviews, Fauna & Flora enhances readers’ understanding of conservation and offers an exclusive insight into our work around the world. Join Fauna & Flora International today to receive your copy of the latest magazine. The current issue has a special focus on ‘the human factor’ – the people who make…
Conference sees launch of groundbreaking report from The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity.
The future for Payments for Ecosystem Services to be scoped in Hanoi.
Mass mortality among saiga in Kazakhstan, 12,000 dead.
Poachers responsible for the deaths of over 100 Sumatran tigers have been arrested by Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) Tiger Protection and Conservation Unit.
FFI’s Tuy Sereivathana has become one of the first Cambodians to meet President Obama.
FFI’s José Urteaga has been named a 2010 National Geographic Emerging Explorer.
The four northern white rhinos FFI helped relocate back to Africa take their next steps.
FFI’s China team continues to provide crucial help for the earthquake relief effort in Qinghai Province.
FFI’s China’s Programme Director Dr Zhang Yingyi sends news from her team working in the earthquake affected region.
FFI’s Tuy Sereivathana awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2010.
New initiative lays down key principles for international conservation organisations.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has recently launched a three-year programme to promote the conservation of threatened primates and trees across northern Vietnam.
Fauna & Flora International and BHP Billiton sign historic agreement to enhance regional conservation and help protect orang-utans.
Szilárd Bücs, who leads a team supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme, sheds light on the spectacular findings of a cave survey in Romania.
Doctoral student Zoe Poulsen reports on the work of Fauna & Flora International’s partner Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust, and explains why Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve in South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom has become the heart of local conservation, research and education.
Peer-reviewed paper published in the Cambodian Journal of Natural History looks at the key threats to Siamese crocodiles and highlights lessons learned from 15 years of conservation work.
The designation of Lake Indawgyi as a Wetland of International Importance will afford greater protection for more than 20,000 birds and a rich variety of wildlife.
Fauna & Flora International’s Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, Dr Tony Whitten, discovered a new species of crab 20 years ago, but today it is in dire straits. Here, he explains how we can all lend a hand and send a bit of love the crab’s way before it’s too late.
New horizon scanning report published this month identifies 15 emerging threats and opportunities for global biodiversity.
Fauna & Flora International’s Rebecca Drury explains why synthetic rhino horn – though likely to be commercially viable – is extremely unlikely to save the rhino.
As environmental challenges change and intensify, our means of addressing them must also adapt. In this instalment of our jargon buster blog series, Kristi Foster considers two strategies for environmental management that are rapidly gaining traction worldwide: ecosystem and landscape approaches.
The Francois’ langur is a distinctive primate, with its punk-style tuft of black hair and white sideburns. It is found in the semi-tropical monsoon forests and limestone hills of southern China and northern Vietnam. Sadly, the population of Francois’ langurs has declined in recent decades due to illegal hunting and habitat fragmentation. The groups that remain are becoming increasingly isolated, putting them at greater risk of extinction. Francois’ langur facts: • Noisy and sociable, these monkeys typically live in groups…
A group of northern muriqui has recently been discovered in Brazil by Conservation Leadership Programme award winners.
As northern Myanmar opens its doors to increasing numbers of overseas visitors, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that local communities benefit from the opportunities presented by the development of a fledgling ecotourism industry.
In the spirit of clear communication, we are starting a series of jargon buster blog posts, which aim to demystify some of the more obscure terms used by the conservation community. In this second instalment, Kristi Foster explains just what we mean by ‘ecosystem services’.
As 2015 draws to a close, we reflect on a mixed year of conservation highlights set against a backdrop of great challenges.
Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard explains why NGOs, consultancies and other conservationists are joining forces to bring about biodiversity conservation in the private sector.
Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard explains the links between waste, landscapes and livelihoods and why we should be re-thinking our approach to waste management.
Fauna & Flora International’s Senior Conservation Biologist Jenny Daltry reveals how a study of the lansan tree is helping to support livelihoods and species conservation in Saint Lucia.
Odour detection dog, Dak, and his handler Marat have won the latest competition for dog specialists in Kazakhstan.
Writing in the run up to the announcement of a new climate change deal, Fauna & Flora International’s Nick Bubb explains what COP21 was all about, and shares some of the lessons he took away with him.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is committed to tackling illegal wildlife trade and has been actively addressing this growing threat for more than a decade. Some of the species we focus on include: Asian and African elephant, black rhino, northern white rhino, hawksbill and leatherback turtle, saiga, Siamese crocodile, and Sumatran tiger. Our work to address illegal wildlife trade includes: Helping to protect over 120 rhinos at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Having purchased the land in 2004, FFI established…
United for Wildlife was created in 2012 by The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Led by the Duke of Cambridge, it has brought together the world’s leading wildlife charities under a common purpose: to create a global movement for change. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is a founding member of United for Wildlife, along with Conservation International, IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF, and ZSL, together with the Royal Foundation.…
As illegal wildlife trade gets more sophisticated, we are seeking more high-tech ways of tackling it. Technology has significant potential to help the conservation sector address wildlife trade more effectively, for example by: Strengthening the quality of scientific input and monitoring using GIS, data management, tracking and mobile phone technologies Influencing consumer decision-making through smart phone apps (e.g. beat the microbead) Using drones to monitor wildlife in remote areas Current Fauna & Flora International (FFI) projects include: Conservation Labs: FFI’s…
The illegal trade in wildlife is a growing global problem worth billions of dollars a year, and one of the biggest threats to the survival of some of our most iconic species. Addressing this crisis is a complex global challenge, requiring cooperation between source, transit and destination countries, and between local communities, non-governmental organisations and government agencies. This requires a cadre of highly skilled professionals, working in organisations at the frontline of biodiversity conservation. These individuals need to apply multi-disciplinary…
Many of the species threatened by illegal trade are targeted to satisfy demand for wildlife products from growing middle classes around the world. China and Vietnam are key markets for elephant, rhino, pangolin and tiger products, which command extremely high prices and are used as status symbols or in traditional medicine. Conservation and law enforcement agencies are struggling to regulate supply and there is growing agreement that more emphasis needs to be placed on reducing demand for wildlife products. Fauna…
Wildlife is a vital natural asset for many rural communities around the world, providing products and services that make direct, positive contributions to local livelihoods, wellbeing and culture. Empowering local people to benefit directly from wildlife resources in turn provides vital incentives to manage these sustainably, and to protect them from illegal hunting and trade. This might include, for example, helping communities to secure and uphold customary tenure and rights over access to forest lands and wildlife, building community institutions…
A major aspect of tackling illegal wildlife trade is protecting species from poaching and preventing them from entering the trade chain in the first place. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has significant expertise and experience in protecting species and engaging with communities so that they play central role in the management of their natural resources. Find out more about our work to address illegal trade. FFI is focusing on strengthening, expanding and replicating our work (and that of our partners)…
Growing demand for wildlife products and easier access to wild species is fuelling unsustainable trade and pushing many species towards extinction. To take a few examples: In 2014 an unprecedented 1,215 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone – 20% more than the previous year and equivalent to one rhino every seven hours. Elephant poaching has more than doubled since 2007: Tanzania, for example, has reported losing 60% of its elephants – more than 85,000 animals – to poaching between…
Camera trapping survey captures newest country’s first photographic records of forest elephants, African golden cat and more…
As the world gears up for the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, Fauna & Flora International reveals how we can best harness the power of REDD+ to cut carbon emissions.
Global primate experts have revealed the 25 most endangered primates in the world, including three species from Vietnam.
FFI’s Marine Community Support Officer Kerri Whiteside shares her thoughts on why Scotland is currently an exciting place for marine conservation.
This resource page features fact sheets, reports and other materials produced by the Business & Biodiversity team in the course of its work. Biodiversity toolkit for businesses Approaching No Net Loss to biodiversity (PDF) Biodiversity action planning for development projects (PDF) Biodiversity baselines for development and conservation (PDF) Biodiversity risk assessment for business (PDF) An ecosystem approach: working with business for conservation (PDF) The business case for community consultation (PDF) Monitoring and evaluating biodiversity outcomes from business activities (PDF) Timing…
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) works directly with businesses and the influencers of business across a range of sectors to bring about change for the protection of biodiversity in all its forms. Learn more about why and how we work with business or explore our Working with business for conservation brochure (PDF). Our work with business focuses on: Mining & Energy By working with businesses that have the potential to pose the greatest environmental harm, FFI is helping drive a…
Nola, one of the world’s last remaining northern white rhinos has died at San Diego Zoo, leaving just two females and one male – all at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
Fauna & Flora International’s US Board Member Herbert Raffaele explains why demand reduction matters for illegal wildlife trade.
A new online platform, launched today, will allow conservationists and technology experts to share ideas on how to tackle some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
A new grant by the Rapid Response Facility will help authorities tackle the ongoing poaching crisis in Garamba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Fauna & Flora International’s Dave Gill explains why a breakthrough by Guangxi Institute of Botany scientists could help save one of China’s most threatened tree species.
The tireless efforts of Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Mary Molokwu-Odozi to train and inspire Liberian conservation professionals have been recognised by Tusk Trust in their 2015 conservation awards.
In the wake of a statement by a major European cosmetics industry association calling on its members to phase out some microplastics, three NGOs including Fauna & Flora International share their hopes and concerns.
Every plastic product we own or use was made from many much smaller pieces of plastic – most commonly tiny, coloured pellets roughly the size and shape of split peas. Because they are small (5mm or less), cheap, light and buoyant, pre-production pellets are often spilled during manufacture and transportation and can very easily find their way into the marine environment. Once at sea, these plastic pellets (and other forms of pre-production plastic, including plastic powders, beads and flakes) pose…
A new collaborative paper shows that accountants have a role to play in conserving our natural world, and that many are already taking part.
Here you can find Fauna & Flora International’s REDD+ project profiles and thematic (or policy) briefings which cover a number of key mechanisms within REDD+. Project Profiles: Wonegizi – Liberia REDD+ Pilot Project CFES – Indonesian Community-Based REDD+ Sites Hieu Commune – Vietnam REDD+ Pilot in Kon Tum Asia-Pacific Community Carbon Pools Programme Thematic / Policy Briefs: Forest land allocation (FLA) and tenure for REDD+ FPIC-based community consultation in REDD+ development REDD+ piloting, scaling up and nesting within…
New census will prove critical for future conservation of mountain gorillas across their transboundary range.
Awards offer funding, training and mentorship to emerging conservation leaders.
Conservationists are celebrating as governments from Rwanda, the DRC and Uganda approve a landmark treaty that will pave the way for coordinated conservation - without borders.
On World Rhino Day, Fauna & Flora International’s Ros Aveling sends out a wish to help us on the path to a safe future for these awe-inspiring animals.
An online course officially launched today will provide free conservation education to people around the world and encourage them to get involved.
Can biodiversity offsetting really help us compensate for environmental damage caused by development, or is it just a licence to trash? Fauna & Flora International’s David Marsh looks at some of the lessons we have learned about this (often controversial) tool.
Pictures of the Endangered fishing cat – the first in Cambodia for more than a decade – provide welcome evidence that these elusive felines still survive in some parts of the country.
Fauna & Flora International has launched Diego – a short film that shows why dogs might just be ‘rhino’s best friend’…
Cambodia’s Centre for Biodiversity Conservation team is trying to uncover the mystery of the evasive, Endangered fishing cat, which is under threat from snaring and trapping and habitat destruction. So are there fishing cats left in Cambodia? If so, how many and where do they live? Dr Nick Souter investigates…
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As Microsoft celebrates the launch of Windows 10, CEO Satya Nadella pays a visit to Kenya’s Laikipia District to find out how technology can benefit communities and wildlife.
The discovery of a sub-Antarctic fur seal on the northern coast of Kenya – 210 km outside the species’ normal range – has caused great excitement among conservationists and community members alike.
An exciting day on Pemba Island, Tanzania, as one community gets its first taste of what marine conservation can offer...
The July 2015 issue of Fauna & Flora International’s academic journal, Oryx, is dedicated to tree conservation. In this blog, Dave Gill and Rob Loveridge pay tribute to the scientists whose work is guiding the conservation of the charismatic 'megaflora’.
The ever-increasing worldwide demand for energy is driving oil and gas exploration into ocean depths, polar landscapes and once-remote corners of the globe, including protected areas. Here Fauna & Flora International’s David Marsh explores this growing problem and what we’re doing about it.
Emerging from a project entitled ’Developing community carbon pools for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, plus enhancing forest carbon stocks (REDD+) projects in selected ASEAN countries’ the carbon pools project was a first of its kind, international (4 country) exploration into the role that environmental markets can play in underpinning sustainable, commune-based forest management. The Vietnam site (Hieu Commune, Kon Plong District, Kon Tum) has now become a stand-alone project, due it a range of technical, institutional and…
Northwest Liberia holds the largest remaining tract of the Upper Guinean Rainforest that once covered all of West Africa. At the heart of this ecosystem lies one of Liberia’s most important forests, the Wonegizi Proposed Protected Area, which encompasses Liberia’s second highest peak and forms a massive trans-boundary forest complex with the Ziama Biosphere Reserve, across the border in Guinea. Fauna & Flora International (FFI), together with local NGO Skills & Agricultural Development Services (SADS), and with the support of…
Through blistering sunshine and a tropical downpour the Fauna & Flora International (FFI) coastal and marine conservation team in Cambodia kept on smiling throughout World Oceans Day, 8 June 2015!
The hard work of two remarkable conservationists has reaped great rewards for Indonesian amphibians and Peruvian sea life alike.
Cricket bats, Pimm’s and…rhinos? Fauna & Flora International’s Sarah Rakowski reports on a rather unusual charity cricket match that could help change the fortunes of one of the world’s most iconic – but beleaguered – animals.
After finishing his Masters Biodiversity and Conservation, Conservation Leadership Programme Alumnus Pramod Kumar Yadav embarked on an enthusiastic career studying the biodiversity, topography and spirituality of the Himalayas. Here, he shares his experiences and reveals his delight at being granted a 2015 CLP Award…
Community Development Advisor Gordon Homer describes in vivid detail a recent expedition to the remote Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia, where he and colleagues from FFI were searching for signs of the rare and elusive Siamese crocodile.
United for Wildlife is asking Minecraft players to help build a conservation map that will educate the wider gaming community about illegal wildlife trade.
With over 100 alumni, the Masters in Biodiversity Conservation is providing Cambodia’s conservationists with the skills and expertise they need to help conserve their unique biodiversity.
8 June is World Oceans Day - what better time to talk about the positive steps being taken by companies to phase out plastic microbeads from cosmetic and beauty products...
Government, NGO and scientific specialists pull together to find out why so many Critically Endangered saiga died suddenly in May.
Understanding what connects people and nature is important. Although economic links are well recognised and form the basis of many community-based conservation activities, cultural links are less well understood and often go unconsidered. Protected areas are seen as the crown jewels of 20th century conservation achievement. Unfortunately, many are hotly contested by the people living around them, and are challenged by critics for their negative impacts on communities. Understanding and recognising the deep links that often exist between people, place…
Do you have a brilliant idea that could help put a stop to wildlife crime? If so, the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge could help make your idea a reality.
Marta Calix explains how her internship with the Global Trees Campaign has completely changed the way she looks at trees, and why each species is just as unique and fascinating as any mammal or bird…and just as worth saving.
We know that climate change is a threat to all natural systems, and it is vital that any efforts to protect the natural world take account of what the future may hold. Climate change adaptation planning is an important process that identifies vulnerabilities and builds resilience to changing conditions. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has developed a climate change adaptation planning process for our project sites, which has been trialled at five sites as part of the British American Tobacco…
Fauna & Flora International’s David Gill describes his recent visit to the USA, and explains why time is of the essence for the world's most threatened tree species.
From whale sharks to wild roses, and from snow leopards to storks, the 2015 Team Conservation Awards will help conserve some of the world’s most iconic wildlife, while helping young conservationists develop their skills.
Andrew Binnie, Executive Director of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST), explains how the international recognition bestowed by a Goldman Environmental Prize is providing a real boost to coastal community conservationists.
Sir David Attenborough has inspired generations of conservationists around the world – so it seems fitting that Fauna & Flora International’s new home in Cambridge should be named after its vice-president.
Award recognises decades of tireless effort and outstanding conservation successes achieved by the Community of Arran Seabed Trust.
Fauna & Flora International’s David Marsh explains how environmental and civil society groups joined forces to voice their concerns at the East African Petroleum Conference…
After four decades, Eurasian black vultures have finally returned to Portugal’s Alentejo region to nest – using artificial platforms constructed by conservationists.
Scientists have recently published a guide to Myanmar’s marine invertebrates, but what exactly are they and why should we care? Drawing on her own past experience, Fauna & Flora International’s Sarah Rakowski shares her thoughts…
The Yuanbaoshan fir is found only in the Yuanbao Mountains of north Guangxi, China. This imposing tree is distinguished by its barrel-shaped green-brown cones and it was only described as a new species to science in 1980. Alongside its close relative the Ziyuan fir (Abies ziyuanensis), the species is considered one of the most highly threatened trees in China. There are only thought to be around 700 of these trees left in the wild, and the population structure mainly comprises…
Magnolia grandis is one of the world’s most threatened trees with a global population of fewer than 50 individuals. It is also one of the most beautiful, boasting dark red fragrant flowers and long, leathery leaves. The decline of this species is largely due to the loss of natural forest as a result of illegal logging and land clearance for commercial plantations. Many of the remaining wild trees are found on the edges of agricultural fields or in small remnant…
The Niedzwetsky apple tree is a wild relative of the domesticated apples that line our supermarket shelves and therefore is of global importance as an international genetic resource. However the species is considered one of the most threatened varieties in the world, and the last remaining Niedzwetsky apple trees are found sporadically across Central Asia’s fruit and nut forests. Sadly, the expansion of agriculture and development across its range has led to 90% of the species’ habitat being lost over…
Instantly recognisable from its characteristic umbrella-shaped crown, the candelabra tree is highly valued for its timber, medicinal properties and tasty seeds. However this is also one of Brazil’s most threatened trees. Severe deforestation throughout the 20th century led to the loss of 97% of the species’ original habitat, while its columnar trunk (which offers an imposing sight) means that since the 1500s the species has been valued as Brazil’s most important timber tree. As a result, the species is now…
They may be known as the clowns of the sea, but new evidence that puffins are mistaking plastic pellets for food is no laughing matter.
As the World Bank prepares to update its Environmental Safeguard Policies, Pippa Howard asks if weak standards and poor enforcement are paving the way for companies to destroy biodiversity.
The release into the wild of 20 juvenile Critically Endangered Siamese crocodiles in August 2014 was a significant step forward for the survival of the species in Cambodia. The Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project (CCCP) team works with local community members in the Areng Valley to rescue, rear and release Siamese crocodiles. Since 2011, the CCCP has released 55 crocodiles back into the wild. Around half of these were donated by farmers or confiscated from illegal wildlife traders and reared by…
Flaming orange tail and ochre sideburns set new Brazilian monkey apart from its closest relatives.
Elephants, chimps and pygmy hippos all caught on camera during biodiversity surveys of a proposed protected area in Liberia.
New study by the University of York shows how a community-led marine reserve in Scotland has boosted scallop populations, with potential benefits for local fishers.
The megadiverse frog communities of Madagascar are at risk after the discovery of a potentially devastating fungus.
As the Global Trees Campaign publishes a series of practical guidelines for tree conservation, Fauna & Flora International’s Dave Gill explains why we need to make these techniques more accessible to the wider conservation community.
On World Pangolin Day, Dan Challender, Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group, outlines the devastating effect of the illegal wildlife trade on a sorely neglected animal, and highlights the need for urgent intervention on its behalf.
Photographer and film-maker Jeff Wilson recently travelled to the Cape Verdean island of Maio to get a better understanding of Fauna & Flora International’s work there. Through a series of beautiful images, he gives an insight into a remarkable community at a crossroads in its development.
Cambodian herpetologist Neang Thy has been researching amphibians and reptiles since 2003 and has an impressive record of discoveries including a wolf snake, a kukri snake and a lygosoma lizard species.
In 2010, Thy was honoured with a namesake gecko, the Southeast Asian Cnemaspis neangthyi, and he’s just made headlines again with the discovery of a legless amphibian, Ichthyophis cardamomensis - only the second caecilian species ever to be found in Cambodia. Here Thy shares his thoughts about the thrill of being a part of herpetology history…
The Conservation Leadership Programme has helped over 2,500 conservationists develop their careers to date. Find out whether you could be one of them…
New discovery marks the second caecilian species ever to be found in the country
Short scholarship programme seeks to address under-represented and least developed areas in science education.
Fauna & Flora International’s Jeremy Holden recounts a story heard on a recent visit to Sumatra, which speaks of the relationship between man and nature, and the dangers of greed over harmony.
Please note: some of the images in this blog are quite graphic and may offend some readers.
Guest blogger Mialy Andriamahefazafy looks at the critical role that partnerships play in conservation, and asks whether we need to pay closer attention to how they work.
What exactly is biodiversity? Is there a difference between an ecosystem and a habitat? In this first instalment of our new jargon buster blog, we cover some of the fundamental terms that conservationists use on a daily basis.
As another year comes to an end, we reflect on some of Fauna & Flora International’s biggest news stories from 2014.
Debbie Martyr, Fauna & Flora International’s Tiger Protection & Conservation Team Leader in Sumatra, Indonesia, has been awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours list for 2015.
With illegal poaching becoming an increasingly organised affair, the time has come for better coordination of anti-poaching efforts, says Debbie Martyr. Here, she explains how a simple idea – conceived over a beer one pensive evening – brought together Indonesia’s top brass to talk tiger trade.
“The people of Aceh have a long history of working with elephants. It is heartening to see this, for the mutual benefit of both humans and elephants.”
A decade ago hundreds of thousands of people were left devastated by an enormous tsunami that snatched away both lives and livelihoods as they went about their daily business.
With a wealth of vivid detail, Conservation Leadership Programme alumna Martina Anandam describes how a visit from a fellow primatologist has helped her gain a new perspective on her work with langurs in India.
Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Neil Aldrin Mallari, Country Director of the Philippines and keen frogger turns his hand to translating a message from Gorp the frog to the human race…
When a pilot whale was found stranded on a beach in Cape Verde recently, a rescue team quickly sprang into action, putting their training into effect.
The significance of making connections to ensure successful conservation is a recurring theme in the global offices of Fauna & Flora International (FFI). Connections are made, relationships nurtured, and ideas put into action. Paul White, FFI’s Head of Supporter Recruitment and Development, ponders some not so obvious links between saving species and selling houses...
As a three-time recipient of a Rufford Small Grant himself, Dr Matt Linkie knows the long-term benefits of supporting conservationists and their projects better than most. Now able to share his own lessons with new grantees, Matt talks about the importance of promoting good science in the tropics…
Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, 460 km off the coast of Africa, Cape Verde is an archipelago nation formed of 10 major islands and a number of smaller, uninhabited islets. With ecosystems ranging from the flat and dry to the lush and mountainous, Cape Verde is home to a variety of plant and animal species. The archipelago is recognised as a global hotspot for marine biodiversity in particular, and supports a high diversity of emblematic and unique marine animals, including…
A visit Stateside by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge highlights the impact of the illegal wildlife trade and the importance of supporting conservation globally.
Over the last 12 months, Sue Sargent, Fauna & Flora International’s Conservation Partnerships Manager, has been working with the Butchulla community on a project trying to capture what archeologists say is more than a 5,000 year cultural history. Sue talks about the journey…
Help save a species from extinction
Although cod is more famous for its flavour than its behaviour, a closer look reveals a fascinating animal whose history is closely entwined with our own. Atlantic cod is recognised as one of the world’s most important commercial fish species and has been caught and sold for well over a thousand years – since at least the time of the Vikings. It is so valuable, in fact, that wars have even been fought over the right to fish in prime…
As gamers and game developers increasingly take an interest in real-world environmental issues, Fauna & Flora International’s Guy Smith looks at what this new era of ‘gaming for good’ could mean for conservation.
Fauna & Flora International staff and partners are among 19 inspiring people named as Conservation Heroes in Disney’s 2014 awards.
Guest blogger Trang Nguyen explains why she believes young people in Africa and Asia hold the key to the rhino’s future.
With this year’s first recorded leatherback nests in Nicaragua, conservationists are crossing their fingers for a good season.
Illustrator Imogen Clowes shares her experiences and artwork from a recent trip to Sumatra, Indonesia, where she witnessed an upsetting event…
The announcement of a new IUCN Green List of Protected Areas has been welcomed by leading conservationists at the World Parks Congress in Sydney.
The world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of plant, animal and fungi species shows biodiversity at risk.
Today is GIS Day, but what on earth are Geographical Information Systems, and what have they ever done for us? In this edited extract from our magazine, Fauna & Flora International’s Andy Cameron explains.
Nine leading NGOs, including Fauna & Flora International, are calling for urgent action to protect UNESCO World Heritage sites from mining and other extractive activities.
Amazingly until the last years of the 20th Century, the Sumatran striped rabbit had never been photographed. Jeremy Holden tells us how Fauna & Flora International changed that.
As leaders gather for the IUCN World Parks Congress in Sydney, a new report highlights the importance of emergency funding for World Heritage sites in times of crisis.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco visits unique marine conservation sites in Cambodia
Guest blogger Chris Sandbrook, Lecturer in Conservation Leadership at the University of Cambridge, shares his thoughts on how internet technologies can help make the world a smaller – but better – place...
Scientists have captured Myanmar’s first wild film footage of one of the world’s most adorable – and endangered – species – the red panda.
Fauna & Flora International’s campaign against microbeads gains traction, with the launch of Australia’s own Good Scrub Guide
Stakeholder support for the establishment of a Marine Protected Area in the Myeik archipelago
In 2003, Fauna & Flora International (FFI), with the help of the Arcus Foundation, protected 36,420 hectares (90,000 acres) at the foot of Mount Kenya. Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC) is a vital part of the Laikipia ecosystem in northern Kenya, protecting critical migration corridors and diverse wildlife, including black rhinos and Grevy’s zebra. The project safeguards the conservancy’s wildlife, provides a sanctuary for chimpanzees and generates income through wildlife tourism, which is reinvested in conservation and community development. OPC also…
Suni, one of a handful of remaining northern white rhinos, has died unexpectedly at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya.
As poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) escalates, Fauna & Flora International seeks urgent public support to help ranger teams.
Warning: this story includes some graphic descriptions and images of an extremely distressing nature.
The new protected area is the third in Cameroon designed specifically to protect the Critically Endangered Cross River gorilla.
A new paper by scientists at Fauna & Flora International argues that protecting biodiversity could be key to keeping forests standing in the long term.
People power will help us put a stop to microplastic pollution – a major threat to ocean wildlife.
Georgina Magin, Fauna & Flora International’s Global Trees Campaign manager, writes about her recent trip to visit some of Madagascar’s most charismatic flora.
Fauna & Flora International’s partner in South Africa has opened a new research and visitor centre to share the wonders of one of the richest plant kingdoms on earth.
Tiger Monitoring Teams working in Sumatra, Indonesia, made a disturbing discovery during a routine patrol.
William Oliver will be remembered for his lifetime dedication to conservation and his unique, passionate and determined personality.
Biologist and wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden continues his Rainforest Diaries series, with a glimpse of life around Lake Gunung Tujuh in Sumatra’s Kerinci Sebat National Park, Indonesia.
Our camera trapping efforts are rewarded as he uncovers the secret life of the mammals in Sumatra's high altitude forests.
Since its establishment in 2004, the Northern Rangelands Trust has helped many communities set up, manage and fund conservancies in northern Kenya. Their model is a beautiful example of conservation ‘by the people, for the people’.
Zoos Victoria’s Brooke Squires works in their Wildlife Conservation & Science Department, and has a particular passion for Kenya, having worked there for seven years. Here Brooke blogs about one of these community conservancies, where football is the name of the game…
Fauna & Flora International's Global Trees Campaign programme officer, David Gill, makes a case to increase support for the world’s Critically Endangered tree species
Fauna & Flora International Honorary Directory Betty White shares her passion and excitement for conservation in a new video where she challenges us all to “get busy.” Please watch and share and consider supporting our work around the world to protect threatened species and ecosystems.
Joint venture takes positive steps to conserve wild Siamese crocodiles.
Primate scientists share knowledge and latest learnings at the 25th International Primatalogical Society congress in Hanoi
In his latest Rainforest Diary entry, biologist and wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden experiments with mushrooms, and discovers a mystery only revealed at night...
World’s first photograph of elusive carnivore has important implications for the species.
It’s not unusual for conservation donors to visit the projects they so passionately support. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Philanthropy Adviser Paul White recently travelled with a group who got more than they bargained for during a visit to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Paul kept a diary of a very eventful day – and here we share some of it with you.
Surveys carried out by the Center for Plant Conservation Vietnam (CPCV) have identified new populations of a number of threatened species including the Critically Endangered Magnolia grandis.
Expeditions to northern Mozambique’s remote mountains have uncovered a wealth of new species, including four pygmy chameleons.
Xbox gamers rise to Microsoft’s Zoo Tycoon ‘community challenge’ to save endangered species.
Researchers supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme have uncovered a small population of grey-breasted parakeets nesting on a mountain in north-east Brazil.
Wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden continues his Rainforest Diary series. Here, he writes about a lost opportunity and a very lucky break...
City slicker Nina Loi Nevado, an intern with Fauna & Flora International in the Philippines, takes a country break with the intention of helping a local community with forest management, but comes back having learnt more than she ever imagined…
Rhinos are among the world’s most recognisable animals, thanks to their huge size, thick grey skin and the distinctive horns that give these animals their name; the word ‘rhinoceros’ is taken from the Greek for ‘nose-horn’. Five rhino species survive on earth today. Two of these – the white and black rhino – are found in Africa, while the remaining three are from Asia. Despite their names, the two African species cannot really be distinguished by colour, but rather by…
A group of leading NGOs and businesses, including Fauna & Flora International, have issued a declaration that urges governments to stop the loss of tropical forests.
June 2014 Interview with FFI Project Adviser Josh Kempinski and his mum the actress Frances de la Tour. Interview by Tim Knight, photos by Chris Loades. Josh Kempinski currently works for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in the emerging field of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), a mechanism that offers financial incentives and a range of other social and environmental benefits to developing countries that manage their forests sustainably, thereby contributing to biodiversity conservation and the reduction…
From the Peruvian Amazon to Canada’s subarctic, decision-makers are putting For Sale signs on some of our last pristine ecosystems. Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard and Kristi Foster ask, is this really democracy?
Mountain gorillas. Sumatran tigers. Hawksbill turtles. All owe their survival to the dedicated rangers who put their lives on the line to protect them. Today, we salute these stalwarts of conservation.
Fauna & Flora International Deputy Chief Executive Ros Aveling is enthusiastic about the dog squad being trained to save some of the world’s most endangered species at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya…
Summer has finally arrived in the northern hemisphere! If you’re heading to the coast any time soon, Fauna & Flora International Marine Project Officer Kate West has a few tips to ensure you don’t leave an unwanted legacy behind you.
The Kerinci Seblat Tiger Programme in Sumatra, Indonesia, holds an annual competition that rewards Tiger Protection and Conservation Unit teams for putting in extra effort to protect tigers and other Sumatran wildlife during a peak poaching season. The results of the 2014 Great Kerinci Snare Sweep are now in, as team leader Debbie Martyr reports…
Scotland’s first community-led marine protected area is among the new designations, thanks to the hard work of Fauna & Flora International’s partner, the Community of Arran Seabed Trust.
Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Stephen Browne puts pen to paper to share why scientific writing is such a powerful tool in the conservationist’s box…
In our rapidly changing world, partnerships are proving to be one of the most successful approaches in conserving the earth’s biodiversity. Fauna & Flora International’s Kristi Foster explains why NGOs, businesses, governments and communities are putting down their gloves and joining forces.
Scotland boasts over 16,000 km of coastline including 800 islands, carved out by glaciers during the last ice age. With the exception of its southern border with England, Scotland is entirely surrounded by the sea – the North Sea, Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea meet off its coast, and the mixing of cold and warm water currents in these different bodies of water create ideal conditions for marine life to thrive. 8,500 animal and plant species can be found in…
Encompassing the Namib and Kalahari deserts, the southern African country of Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world and receives less rainfall than any other country in sub-Saharan Africa. Its ancient and intensely arid Namib Desert is home to diverse habitats, from coastal wetlands and expansive gravel plains, to sand dunes and rocky outcrops such as the Erongo Mountains. Together these habitats support a high level of biodiversity, including globally threatened plant, invertebrate, reptile and…
Fauna & Flora International’s Community Forest Ecosystem Services (CFES) programme creates a direct link between healthy forests and improved well-being of forest-dependent communities. The programme helps Indonesian communities gain legal rights to forests and build the capacity to govern, protect and benefit from them. Record deforestation Between 1990 and 2010 Indonesia lost over 24 million hectares of tropical forests, driven primarily by conversion to tropical agriculture. The country has recently overtaken Brazil as having the highest rate of deforestation globally.…
The Conservation Business Club brings together like-minded individuals, who have both the interest and the ability to make a difference to conservation – either individually or as a group. The club encourages members to act as advocates for biodiversity conservation and the work of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) within their own networks, and aims to influence decisions and encourage further support for FFI’s work. The Conservation Business Club also provides opportunities for members and their contacts to network with…
Fauna & Flora International biologist and wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden reports on this year’s Great Kerinci Snare Sweep – an annual competition to step up protection for tigers at a critical time of year.
Anglo American partnership eni e&p partnership Rio Tinto partnership Demand for energy and resources such as copper, aluminium and rare earth metals is pushing extraction into more remote corners of the planet, putting increasing pressure on wildlife and ecosystems. As important drivers for economic growth, extractive industries are a growing activity in many developing countries worldwide, where environmental regulations and management are often not in place. Together the extractive sector – oil, gas and mining – has substantial impacts on…
Conserving wildlife and wild places alongside economic development is a defining challenge of the 21st century. Following the alarming global decline in species and habitats, together with the services they provide to people, the international community’s standpoint on business and biodiversity is undergoing an important shift. Businesses, which rely on everything from fresh water to healthy soils, are recognising that they need to look at the big picture – how their activities are linked to biodiversity and nature’s services –…
As decision-makers, land use planners, environmental stewards and educators, governments have significant and lasting impacts on the environment. They can also play a critical role in biodiversity conservation. Declining natural resources pose a growing threat to economic sustainability, resource security and human well-being today and for the generations to come. Governments worldwide face the escalating challenge of balancing environmental stewardship with development goals, economic interests and political pressures. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) works with all levels of government to…
The World Bank Group has acknowledged Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) leadership role in extractive sector environmental management, biodiversity risk assessment and biodiversity offset design, management and implementation. The World Bank Group is made up of five institutions that work together to reduce poverty around the world. These include the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Together the IBRD and IDA form the World Bank, a partnership that…
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working in partnership with business and civil society to establish an economically viable approach for farmers to maintain and restore biodiversity through threatened landscapes of southern Brazil. The project partners are British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary Souza Cruz and Brazilian NGO Sociedade de Pesquisa em Vida Selvagem e Educação Ambiental (SPVS). Araucaria forests and farms Brazil’s South Region is the country’s primary agricultural centre and the main location of Souza Cruz’s tobacco growing operations.…
Businesses that grow or source products from farms depend on the services that healthy, biodiversity-rich ecosystems provide, from water supply and soil formation to pollination and pest control. Yet their environmental footprint may threaten what they and other users depend on. The Biodiversity Risk & Opportunity Assessment (BROA) is a tool for organisations with agricultural supply chains to assess how they impact and depend on biodiversity, as well as the risks and opportunities this brings. BROA was developed by the…
World’s most popular free Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game RuneScape adds support to United for Wildlife alliance.
2014's Kwita Izina ceremony celebrates 18 baby mountain gorillas born in Volcanoes National Park during the past year.
New research and discussions show there is hope to conserve Myanmar’s unique biodiversity as its palm oil industry expands – if the country can learn from the experiences of its neighbours.
Nick Souter, Project Manager for Fauna & Flora International’s Cambodian University Capacity Building Project, co-manages the only conservation Masters degree course in the country.
Here we share an edited extract from a piece Nick wrote recently for Australian Quarterly, on why this project is so important.
Fauna & Flora International’s Thalia Liokatis, Programme Coordinator for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has just returned from a long-postponed trip to a country of special meaning to her – both personally and professionally. Thalia blogs about her birthplace, and manages to find great beauty amongst some hideous tragedy…
Economic arguments against marine protection are fundamentally flawed, says Andrew Binnie from the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST). Here, he sets the record straight…
Poaching crisis in eastern DRC sees elephants killed by weapons more commonly seen in warfare.
Warning: this story includes some graphic descriptions and images of an extremely distressing nature.
Fauna & Flora International biologist and wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden continues his Rainforest Diary series, this time heading where no man has gone before, well, at least where no outsider has been for more than sixty years, as he ventures in Tanintharyi in southern Myanmar
Campaign video shows shoppers’ shock as fish & chip shop serves up puny portions from local waters.
EMERGENCY APPEAL UPDATE: (added 2 July)
We are delighted to announce that a supporter of the RRF has agreed that any donations made to the Sumatran elephant emergency appeal will be matched dollar for dollar, up to the value of $50,000. So donate now to double the impact of your contribution. Please CLICK HERE to donate now.
An emergency appeal has been launched by the Rapid Response Facility (RRF) for local conservation group HAkA, in response to a significant increase in poaching of Sumatran elephants in Aceh, Indonesia.
Biodiversity offsets are a hotly contested topic in the worlds of conservation and corporate sustainability. Here’s the latest in the debate on whether they should – or shouldn’t – be tools of the conservation trade.
Sporting star serves up support for anti-poaching alliance.
Robin Loveridge, Global Trees Campaign’s Programme Officer at Fauna & Flora International, goes apple hunting and looking for new solutions to an old problem in nature’s Eden in Central Asia, where apples first evolved.
Online pledge campaign launched, set to turn tourists into conservation partners
Please donate today to help our teams protect Critically Endangered Sumatran tigers from poachers and their snares.
Conservationists excited by unusual sighting of a large number of sarus cranes in Indawgyi Lake.
Debbie Martyr, Team Leader of Fauna & Flora International’s Kerinci Tiger Project, gives an insight into the team's work to protect tigers, combat poaching and fight illegal wildlife trade on the island of Sumatra.
Join Fauna & Flora International today and help us protect the world’s most endangered wild places.
Fauna & Flora International’s birding expert Ngwe Lwin invites you to visit one of Southeast Asia’s best kept ecotourism secrets – northern Myanmar’s Indawgyi Lake.
Ministries join hands to support responsible tourism in Indawgyi Lake
Yes, we know there’s a biodiversity crisis looming. But now isn’t the time to bury our heads in the sand. Now’s the time to brave up, get real and get moving says Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard.
Recipients announced at Fauna & Flora International event in London.
On the Scottish island of Arran, situated off the west coast of Scotland, a community has been campaigning to protect its seas for almost 20 years. It all began in 1995, when two Arran divers, Howard Wood and Don McNeish, set up the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) with the aim of reversing the decline of the island’s marine habitats, which had largely been caused by the 1984 removal of the ban on bottom trawling within three miles of…
‘Chequered’ snake named in honour of Zoos Victoria in Australia.
Royals and sports stars encourage the public to choose a side as an anti-poaching campaign is launched in London.
Companies need better reporting on environmental management to aid investment decisions, reveals a new collaborative paper.
Sometimes it feels like our amazing seas don’t quite get the attention they deserve. So, for World Oceans Day, Fauna & Flora International staff share some of their favourite marine memories, to get you in the spirit...
Director General of the Fisheries Administration joins celebratory events at Koh Rong Archipelago, set to be the site of a new marine fisheries management area
fauna-flora.org/public/?content=saving-leatherback-turtles">A gift from you today could help us save hundreds of turtle’s eggs from being dug up and taken illegally from beaches in Nicaragua.
Unexpected photos from Siem Reap Province, north-west Cambodia, signal hope for the country’s wild cattle amidst threats from hunting and habitat loss.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working in partnership with business, government and civil society in Lombok to define and promote integrated ways to manage watersheds to enhance biodiversity, support agriculture and improve livelihoods. The project partners are British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary Export Leaf Indonesia (PT ELI), the University of Mataram, local development NGO Transform and district and provincial government. Water and forest resources on Lombok Agriculture and tourism are the main sources of income for people on the…
The southern African country of Namibia has been high on Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) agenda since early 2007. Both Pippa Howard and Dave Wright from FFI’s Business & Biodiversity programme have written lauding the dramatic beauty and high level of biodiversity of the Namib Desert’s varying landscapes. In these blog posts, they also outline some of the challenges to the long-term sustainability of the Central Namib in the light of short-term developments such as uranium mining. All those who…
Tingting, Primate Programme Officer in China, shares a stunning success story from Fauna & Flora International’s environmental outreach work in China.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working with not-for-profit organisation Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) to restore degraded peat forest on the Kampar Peninsula in Sumatra’s Riau Province, Indonesia. Launched in 2013, RER is a partnership between business and NGOs designed to revive the landscape, secure sustainable livelihoods for forest communities and create a model that can help safeguard more of the Kampar Peninsula. Healing a scarred forest The Kampar Peninsula’s peat forest is vital for sustaining vulnerable species, storing carbon…
Concerned local residents have launched ‘The Great Nurdle Hunt’ to help put an end to microplastic pollution on Scottish beaches.
Anguillan wildlife is already showing signs of recovery after the successful removal of black rats from Dog Island.
Rare and often-overlooked species found only in limestone ecosystems get a conservation boost.
As cosmetic companies face mounting pressure to drop microbeads from their products, Fauna & Flora International urges people to vote with their wallets.
Limestone is an extremely important raw material, used primarily in the construction industry. This rock is an essential ingredient of cement and is also used as both a building and an ornamental stone. Limestone is of major importance in economic development, with cement production even used as a barometer of growth and progress. For many infrastructure projects – such as dam and bridge construction, port development, and road-building – limestone quarrying is a fundamental, and in most cases irreplaceable, development…
Wildlife photographer and biologist Jeremy Holden spends a lot of time in pursuit of the perfect picture. Here he shares part two of his Rainforest Diary – giving us another glimpse of life under the canopy…
Support our work to help us tackle the numerous threats facing the beautiful snow leopard.
With a simple experiment, Fauna & Flora International’s marine plastics project officer, Tanya Cox, demonstrates why tiny plastic microbeads pose such a big threat to our oceans.
Matt Linkie, Fauna & Flora International’s Regional Conservation and Development Adviser, shows his stripes and shares his excitement at the wonders of the rainforest, uncovered by camera traps…
Expedition to Myanmar’s Myeik Archipelago finds a "seascape bursting with life"…
Tingting, Fauna & Flora International’s Primate Programme Officer in China, vividly describes her trek through China’s remarkable Ailaoshan Nature Reserve, and her hopes of hearing the western black-crested gibbons sing…
Following the sad news about the passing of writer and conservationist Mark Shand, we share a few words of tribute from those who knew him.
A new book that documents all Cambodian bird species, including those of national conservation concern, has been published and is now available for purchase worldwide.
Emerging conservation leaders embark on projects to safeguard priority species and sites with CLP funding and training.
A new study argues that actions to clarify land tenure and improve the economic viability of REDD+ are needed in order to reach environmental and livelihood goals.
To support multiple land uses while maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem integrity, the engagement of the many stakeholders that utilise, benefit from and influence biodiversity and ecosystem services is vital. In landscapes affected by extractive and agricultural sectors, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working with government, business and civil society sectors to catalyse cross-sectoral collaborations to support more integrated, sustainable landscape planning and management and to achieve shared conservation objectives. Engaging multiple stakeholders Sustainable conservation is only possible once all…
From desert to tropical forest, mountain range to coastal plain, extractive and agricultural sectors are increasingly affecting even the remotest and most fragile of ecosystems around the world. Balancing act These are ecosystems that provide a range of benefits (in the form of ecosystem goods and services) and support multiple objectives for the people and businesses associated with them – for water supply and regulation, food production (commercial and subsistence), energy generation, mineral extraction, tourism, livelihoods and well-being, and biodiversity…
Scientists find climate change affects how species interact, thus impacting the natural food chain.
In the second instalment of her Zambian adventure, Fauna & Flora International's Pippa Howard explains some of the country's conservation challenges and why its biodiversity is worth fighting for.
An unprecedented partnership between Fondation Segré and Fauna & Flora International will give a series of priority projects the chance to deliver lasting sustainable outcomes for threatened species and habitats
In the first instalment of her Zambian adventure, amidst crocodile threats and sleeping next to elephants, Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard describes why conservation runs in her veins.
Hope for the newly discovered monkey as the Myanmar government prepares for the gazettement of a new National Park
Long-time friend of Fauna & Flora International, Dr Odette Curtis makes an impassioned plea to help the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust build a new centre that looks set to become a hub for all concerned with saving one of the world’s most truly spectacular habitats…
Royal Government of Cambodia to work with major NGOs to benefit the Kingdom
Wildlife photographer and biologist Jeremy Holden spends a lot of time in pursuit of the perfect picture. Here he shares part one of his Rainforest Diary - giving us a glimpse into life under the canopy...
A new video made by a team of Ugandan conservationists hopes to illustrate the link between traditional values and conservation of some of the world’s threatened habitats and species
A decade after the country emerged from conflict, Fauna & Flora International’s Josh Kempinski shares a glimpse into some of Liberia’s incredible and yet unseen biodiversity, from pygmy hippos to chimpanzees.
Fauna & Flora International’s inaugural Singapore Conservation Circle Dinner Hosted by Fauna & Flora International President, HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands Tuesday 6 May 2014 It is with great pleasure that Fauna & Flora International (FFI) invites you to hear the uplifting tale of the Sumatran tigers’ steady recovery in the wild from Dr Matthew Linkie, FFI’s Regional Conservation and Development Advisor for Asia-Pacific. Dr Linkie has worked on wild tiger conservation projects since 1999 and overseas a wide…
A series of biodiversity surveys in Indonesia’s Kerinci Seblat National Park are helping scientists develop conservation action plans to protect endemic species. Fauna & Flora International’s Indonesian team are conducting a series of biodiversity surveys in the tropical forests of Kerinci Seblat National Park near Jambi, on the island of Sumatra. The lush, tropical national park, the largest in Sumatra, is home to hundreds of endangered, endemic and protected fauna and flora, including the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran elephants, Malayan tapir,…
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Kassie Campbell, conservationist and tiger handler with Fauna & Flora International partner organisation, Australia Zoo, shares her admiration for three women whose conservation credentials are to be celebrated.
Unique sighting in Belize of the Critically Endangered hicatee, also known as the Central American river turtle.
Conservation is difficult enough without conflicts with communities, but how can we mend the problems of the past and move towards a more collaborative future? A recent workshop in China aimed to find answers to this very question, as Fauna & Flora International’s Wuying Lin explains…
Maarten Hofman, until recently Research Coordinator with Ya'axché Conservation Trust, now FONASO PhD Candidate, shares his thoughts on a recovering ecosystem. He recalls the joy of witnessing the first signs of a species returning since Hurricane Iris cleared most of its habitat 13 years ago.
Species Programme Manager Sarah Brook, from Fauna & Flora International in Cambodia, sings the praises of poo in her new blog about the importance of number twos in teaching more about about wildlife...
Hope for Siamese crocodile conservation as the second group of crocodiles is released into a secret site in southern Cambodia.
Nav Dayanand, Managing Director with Fauna & Flora International in the United States, attended and presented at last week's Illegal Wildlife Trade symposium in London. Here he asks 'Can these new global commitments guarantee hope for many endangered species?'
As a flood-stricken UK battles nature’s forces, with thousands of homes under water and flood warnings still mounting, Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard questions if we could have prepared for these natural disasters – or if we’ll prepare for the next.
Two-day symposium focuses on finding solutions for crisis level illegal wildlife trafficking
Pamela Wairagala, Fauna & Flora International’s Senior Project Manager in Uganda, explains how gaining a better understanding of cultural connections with nature can help conservationists overcome conflict.
Tony Whitten, Fauna & Flora International's Asia-Pacific Regional Director, reports back from weekend activities in Myanmar, celebrating World Wetlands Day.
A new report highlights the need for significant scaling-up of demand to meet the increasing supply of carbon emission reductions from global REDD+ activities.
For photographer Jeremy Holden getting a good perspective on a landscape is more important than Christmas. This Christmas in Sumatra he decided to combine the two.
With celebrations for Vietnamese New Year - or Tet - fast approaching, concern is high for the state of wildlife
A research team has spotted the rare and iconic ‘little dodo’ – the first sighting in almost a decade.
Researcher Lingyun Xiao has just returned from a month of field surveys looking at snow leopards and their prey in China’s Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve. Here, she reveals that inspiration can come in all shapes and sizes…
Fauna & Flora International's Vietnam Primate Programme Biologist Nguyen Van Truong shares his thoughts about shooting to thrill - capturing that perfect photo, unexpectedly.
Conservation is challenging at the best of times, and often a little bit of help can go a long, long way. Here, Rebecca Drury shares the inspiring story of Ya’axché Conservation Trust, Fauna & Flora International’s long-standing partner in Belize.
English major at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Sarah Garnett joined FFI for an internship in August, travelling to Kyrgyzstan to see some of our work in one of the world’s most beautiful places…
Cambodia’s waters are home to an abundance of important habitats ranging from coral reefs and seagrass meadows to mangrove forests. These ecosystems support a rich variety of marine life, including many charismatic species such as Irrawaddy dolphins, hawksbill and green turtles. Cambodia’s marine environment plays an important socio-economic role; fishing and related activities are crucial for coastal economies, and fish is an essential part of people’s diet in Cambodia, accounting for over three quarters of the animal protein consumed. Unfortunately,…
The idea of de-extinction – bringing back extinct species – has long persisted in the realms of science fiction, but could it really be possible? And if so, what are the ramifications? Guest blogger Sandhya Sekar from the University of Lincoln discusses the issue…
New plan will see northern white rhinos carefully inter-crossed with southern white rhinos to ensure the lineage lives on.
Representatives from local government and staff from the Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Myanmar team recently faced their fears and learned to dive, forming the country’s first underwater survey team. Zau Lunn, FFI’s Marine and Coastal Programme Coordinator, recounts his experiences…
Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard and Kristi Foster break down the divide between the energy crisis and biodiversity loss – and explain what we’re doing about it.
As the year draws to a close, we reflect on the best of 2013 in conservation
Fauna & Flora International’s Helen Nyul and David Wright explore the need to value nature following the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital
A guide to help you choose products for the health of your skin – and our seas
Research points to Myanmar as best hope for survival for the hoolock gibbon
Jeremy Parker not only talks the talk, but walks the walk too, as he joins his Fauna & Flora International colleagues in Vietnam on a gruelling hike way, way up into Tu Sua mountain...
Biologist and photographer Jeremy Holden takes us on a journey to Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains – an area of incredible, and in many cases unique, biodiversity…
Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Chloe Hodgkinson and Dr Ros Aveling describe how it feels to encounter a mountain gorilla in the wild, and explain why it is so important to conserve these magnificent animals.
A new collaborative paper shows why ‘natural capital’ could increasingly appear on corporate balance sheets
Rare reversal of decline in unique species is cause for celebration
New research confirms scientists’ predictions that microplastic pollution could severely affect marine biodiversity and the health of our oceans
Wu Huiying from Fauna & Flora International in China tells how a simple name game could turn out to be a game changer for gibbon conservation…
The birth of Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s 100th black rhino offers new hope for a species on the brink.
With cockroaches in the kitchen and elephants in the garden, biologist and photographer Jeremy Holden considers the implications of uninvited guests...
As the Global Trees Campaign celebrates the launch of its new website, the partnership team share a few stories describing some of their successes and challenges.
Camera trapping work conducted by Fauna & Flora International in the Sumatran rainforests of Ulu Masen in Aceh produces a surprise result
A review of policies and practices designed to integrate cultural values into conservation initiatives
Thank you Our Indiegogo campaign came to an end last week on 13 December, raising £28,883. We’re still receiving offline donations so we expect this figure to continue rising for a little longer yet. When we launched this campaign with FFI vice-president Sir David Attenborough on 31 October at Parliament, we had one simple aim – we wanted to raise enough money to make a positive impact on the work to save the Critically Endangered mountain gorilla. We have done…
Wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden reflects on some close calls and wonders why humans are so rarely victimised by animals...
Surveys confirm three populations of the Endangered hog deer in Cambodia
Fauna & Flora International vice-president announces appeal to raise funds to protect mountain gorillas.
Bats become a familiar sight at this time of year, as people prepare for Halloween festivities. But are they really so spooky? Fauna & Flora International’s Kristi Foster speaks up for these maligned mammals, and asks if we are doing enough to protect them.
Twenty-four of the world’s eminent bat biologists gather for a workshop in Phnom Penh.
FFI's 110th Anniversary Appeal - the actions we take now could determine what is left of the natural world for future generations.
At the heart of Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI) marine programme is our work to safeguard marine species, habitats and livelihoods through effective protection and management of marine ecosystems. To achieve this, we work to: Create and maintain effectively-managed marine protected areas Improve the sustainability of small-scale fisheries Conserve marine species Creating and maintaining effectively-managed marine protected areas Marine protected areas can be extremely effective in sheltering species and habitats from threats, and can provide a refuge for commercially-valuable species…
Marine protected areas are vital, but by themselves they are not enough to ensure the sustainable management of our oceans. We also need to address the wider impacts that mankind is having on our marine environment, while recognising the economic and social importance of marine resources, which provide around a billion people with their main source of protein and contribute an estimated US$3 trillion per year in economic goods and services. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working to address…
At Fauna & Flora International (FFI) we believe that the most effective and long-term solutions to safeguarding species and habitats lie in local hands. As such we are committed to helping local people and organisations sustainably manage their marine environment and resources by building their knowledge, understanding and capacity to carry out conservation. To achieve this, we support a diverse range of partners – from government agencies, NGOs and academic institutions to community-based organisations – to help them access the…
Community-managed forest provides great hope for the future of Madagascar’s iconic trees
Reforestation Specialist Arnaud Guidal reflects on the challenges and successes of returning degraded lands back to their natural state
Sue Sargent, Conservation Partnerships Manager with Fauna & Flora International in Australia, comes face to face with some of the conservation challenges facing one of Australia's most iconic species - the grey nurse shark.
A remarkable new Nilotonia species has been discovered by scientists in a cave in Cat Ba island in Halong Bay, Vietnam
Edita Magileviciute, Fauna & Flora International’s Marine Programme Development Officer for Eurasia, shares some great news from one of our newest projects, which is working to strengthen the management of Turkey’s stunning Gökova Bay Marine Protected Area.
Situated at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Turkey is a cultural melting pot with a rich history and varied landscape that ranges from arid plains to mountains – a result of complex earth movements that have shaped the region over millennia. Turkey is also bounded by seas on three sides: the Aegean Sea to the west, the Black Sea to the north and the Mediterranean to the south, with the Sea of Marmara enclosed within the north-west of the…
Private zoo stopped by local community members and conservation organisations while trying to export sloths on a private jet off an island in Panama
Fauna & Flora International is part of an NGO collaboration that has launched an international smartphone app to help consumers find plastic-free personal care products.
Marine turtle experts convene to discuss claims of mass turtle mortality off Nicaragua’s Pacific coast.
Wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden learnt the hard way to watch his step, but lived to tell the tale about his love of the maligned but beautiful snake.
Police getting closer to arresting and prosecuting suspected poachers
Poaching is at crisis point, but there is still hope for the future.
The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry forms an alliance to combat global conservation crises.
Kick-start your career or make a lasting impact on the success of a local conservation challenge.
A Vietnamese film crew documents just what it takes for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) to help conserve the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey in the frontier province of Ha Giang in northern Vietnam. In his first week on the job, Programme Officer Jeremy Parker tagged along to tell us the story...
Nav Dayanand, Managing Director of Fauna & Flora International in the United States, shares his thoughts from a recent visit to the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project and explains how it felt to meet one of these snakes in person.
The addition of Maio Island’s salt marshes to the Ramsar List will help raise the profile of this critical wetland site, which is home to a key nesting population of the Endangered loggerhead turtle.
Lion numbers have drastically declined over the past two decades. World Lion Day helps to draw attention to their plight, describes Ros Aveling, Deputy Chief Executive of Fauna & Flora International.
Tiger Protection and Conservation Units hailed for their heroic efforts in this year’s Great Kerinci Snare Sweep.
Conservation in the Falkland Islands is restoring the native tussac habitat. This is great news for endemic birds and basking pinnipeds - but it can make life difficult for researchers.
Liberia's Sapo National Park marks its 30th anniversary with the launch of a new research and training centre.
Anna Behm Masozera named new Director of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working to mainstream biodiversity and ecosystem services related risks, opportunities and dependencies into the decision-making strategies of investors. Our aim is to increase the sustainability of land and natural resource use by influencing the investment decisions of the mainstream finance sector. Through programmes such as the Natural Value Initiative (NVI) we help finance institutions integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services into investment decision making. Natural capital accounting In 2012, FFI, in partnership with KPMG and…
Humankind depends on nature for a wide range of products and services such as food, medicines, the regulation of floods and climate, as well as spiritual values, recreation, and cultural identity – collectively these benefits are described as ‘ecosystem services’. Despite their fundamental importance to our everyday lives, ecosystems and the services they provide are frequently undervalued or ignored in decision-making as they are often provided free of charge or because markets fail to adequately capture their true value. This…
We are exploring a number of different innovative finance instruments and mechanisms to support marine environments, forests, biodiversity, livelihoods and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
FFI has identified a burgeoning appetite from donors, philanthropists and investors for markets-based approaches to environmental protection through impact investment.
FFI seeks to support the development of innovative financial instruments for financially sustainable and triple-bottom-line approaches to conservation that deliver conservation, social and economic benefits.
In recent years there has been a spate of news stories announcing new species discoveries from all corners of the Earth. But what exactly do we mean by ‘new species’? And how can scientists be sure this is indeed a new discovery? Guest blogger Sandhya Sekar from the University of Lincoln explains…
The first steps in recreating the flooded forests of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap
Executive Order provides a critical boost in countering trade and trafficking contributing to species extinction, criminal syndicates, instability, security threats and disease on a global scale
Photographer Jeremy Holden recently visited Ascension Island in the South Atlantic and saw firsthand how removing invasive predators can help to restore natural ecosystems.
Renowned actress joins Fauna & Flora International as Honorary Director.
Last August, Fauna & Flora International posted a blog by Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Dr Tony Whitten, on our work in Mongolia. Here, Tony gives an update on an exciting new survey now underway over the Gobi Desert.
Rwanda celebrates as thousands take part in the 2013 naming ceremony celebrating mountain gorilla conservation.
Singaporeans warned to stay indoors to avoid hazardous smog levels from illegal Sumatran forest fires.
International Gorilla Conservation Programme's field officer Charles Kayijamahe kept field diaries during his recent work on gorilla identification training in both Rwanda and Uganda over the last several months. On the eve of Kwita Izina, the Rwandan Development Board's annual gorilla naming ceremony, we thought we'd share an excerpt from his diary.
In the latest instalment of the Global Trees Campaign blog series on remarkable trees, Tom Christian of the iCONic project writes about a recent experience collecting seeds from the Chilean plum yew with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Fauna & Flora International is saddened to report the death of Jairo Mora Sandoval, a young turtle conservationist killed during a nightly beach patrol in Costa Rica.
Jeremy Holden reveals the results from Fauna & Flora International’s three-year camera-trapping programme on Da Lai Mountain in Cambodia. The video footage shared here captures the plight of the last remaining pair of Asian elephants on the mountain.
Kids and conservationists make a splash for a healthier planet on World Oceans Day 2013
Rare sighting raises hopes for the future of this Critically Endangered cat.
The Livelihoods & Governance library contains a number of documents produced by the Conservation, Livelihoods and Governance team with the following themes: Our approach to conservation, livelihoods and governance Lessons learned from REDD+ and other conservation strategies Tools for participatory approaches Integrating conservation, livelihoods and governance Conservation and livelihoods after crises Our approach to conservation, livelihoods and governance Fauna & Flora International (FFI) promotes the use of a sustainable livelihoods approach to working with communities to achieve positive outcomes for…
Esther Tyson, member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, has recently returned from a working trip in Cambodia. Esther sketched aspects of two Fauna & Flora International programmes and was also Artist-in-Residence for Song Saa Private Island. In the lead up to World Ocean’s Day on 8 June, Esther shares some of her diary with us, in what was to become a memorable cultural and artistic exchange.
Reducing the amount of food we waste will help address ‘the largest single driver of biodiversity loss’, says UNEP.
A bittersweet update from Fauna & Flora International’s partner in Kenya reveals a little hope after a tragic loss
Ken Banks, Technology and Innovation Advisor at Fauna & Flora International (FFI), introduces Conservation Labs, a new FFI initiative looking to explore the potential application of new technologies for global conservation.
Today is the International Day for Biological Diversity, an opportunity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. To commemorate the occasion, Fauna & Flora International’s Jeremy Holden tells us about his encounter with Cambodia’s rarest bird species.
Islamic faith leaders in Indonesia contribute to curb deforestation in Darwin Initiative funded project
Robin Loveridge describes a spectacular dipterocarp in the latest installment of the Global Trees Campaign’s 'Remarkable Trees' blog series. Fauna & Flora International supports community forestry initiatives in Borneo to grow and protect threatened tree species.
Photo exhibition: 20 May – 8 June Opening night and talk: 20 May, 6pm – 7:30pm Our oceans are home to some of the most spectacular life on Earth, from the majestic blue whale to tiny corals that form vast reefs teeming with life. Join us for the opening night of our photo exhibition on Monday 20 May (6pm – 7:30pm) and learn all about this amazing underwater world from leading marine biologist, Professor Callum Roberts. Get a glimpse of life…
Edita Magileviciute, Marine Programme Development Officer, recently delivered a training workshop for local community members in Maio, Cape Verde, on cetacean rescue. The Maio Whale Strandings Response Team is now poised for action should the need arise.
Fauna & Flora International partner wins prestigious award for his work to create Turkey’s first community-managed marine protected area.
This year, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) marks its 110th Anniversary. To celebrate, Elizabeth Allen has been searching through the archives, looking at how conservation has changed over the decades. Here, she looks at how conservation fared during a very turbulent period in history.
Tuesday 18 June, 2013. 6:30pm – 9:00pm Haberdashers’ Hall, 18 West Smithfield, London, EC1A 9HQ Information on how to book tickets can be found at the bottom of this page, and further information about this event and our speaker can be found below. Crocodiles have a special place in the rich cultural heritage of Cambodia, with stone cavings of Siamese crocodiles to be found on the walls on ancient Angkorian Temples. For some Cambodians, these freshwater crocodiles are the spirits…
These microbeads are washing straight down the drain and invariably enter the marine environment because their size makes them impossible to filter out. Once they reach the sea, they are impossible to clean up.
Conservation Leadership Programme award recipients have been busy planting ideas for Cuban flora
Tony Whitten, Asia-Pacific Regional Director at Fauna & Flora International, recently attended a meeting in Aceh, Indonesia, that proved both inspirational and insightful. The resulting appeal by meeting participants was decidedly not the conservation equivalent of scratching backsides in Aceh.
Funding will support emerging conservation leaders as they work to conserve threatened species and ecosystems around the world.
Josh Kempinski paints a picture of Kon Tum, Vietnam, following his latest visit, and describes how new thinking about ecosystem valuation may help to save this beautiful forest landscape.
Fauna & Flora International’s Flagship Species Fund announces eight grants to be given to species conservation projects in 2013.
A few weeks ago, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) held an internal workshop in Cambridge on the controversial topic of biodiversity offsetting. Joe Bull, a Phd candidate studying offsets in Uzbekistan with part funding from FFI, presented at the workshop and shares about the experience.
Kingdom of Cambodia recognises FFI staff for conservation efforts
Wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden has just returned from an intrepid Antarctic visit. Here he blogs about what he saw and how conservation efforts on South Georgia are returning the island to its former splendour.
Rare specimen discovered by researchers from Bucknell University and Fauna & Flora International while conducting field research with wildlife authorities in South Sudan.
Famed for their versatility, durability and cost-effectiveness, plastics changed the face of the industrial landscape in the early 1900s. Derived from crude oil fractions, plastics are polymers – long chains of repeating units – which can be moulded and shaped for a wide variety of applications ranging from clothing and packaging to aircraft and even spacecraft components. There are many different types of plastic, but generally they can be grouped into two main polymer families: thermoplastics (which soften on heating…
Fauna & Flora International’s Environmental Markets Community Specialist, Jane Dunlop, explains how a community-owned fund that provides accessible loans to small enterprises is supporting conservation work in Indonesia.
The REDD+ Community Carbon Pools programme has reached a significant milestone as Fauna & Flora International (FFI) launches the Cambodian component to be the fourth and final region of the programme.
In this entertaining and thought-provoking blog, Chloe Hodgkinson (Fauna & Flora International’s Liberia Programme Manager) shares some lessons from a recent conference on ‘capacity building for conservation’ in Colombia.
Fauna & Flora International and Belizean partner Ya’axché Conservation Trust commend a CITES decision to strengthen protection for tropical hardwoods, write Gail Stott and David Gill.
This year, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) marks its 110th Anniversary. To celebrate, Elizabeth Allen has been searching through the archives, looking at how conservation has changed over the decades. Here, she discusses how the focus of the organisation began to shift during FFI’s third decade.
International Gorilla Conservation Programme finds win-win solution for people and wildlife.
Cast your vote to support Fauna & Flora International’s partner in Romania.
Stunning photographs capture fragile beauty of one of the world’s rarest mammals.
Setting the record straight about the Grauer’s gorilla, potentially the most threatened gorilla in the world.
To celebrate International Women's Day today, Helen Schneider, Director of Livelihoods & Governance at Fauna & Flora International (FFI), reflects on the importance of gender as an issue with which conservationists need to engage.
Study reveals 62% of all African forest elephants have been killed for their ivory over the past decade
Gena Abarca, Environmental Education Coordinator for Fauna & Flora International’s sea turtle programme in Nicaragua, shares some key findings from a recent study that looked to uncover the truth behind turtle egg consumption.
This year, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) marks its 110th Anniversary. Over the next 12 months, FFI’s Elizabeth Allen will be searching through the archives, looking at how conservation has changed over the decades. In part two, she discusses how attitudes began to change during FFI’s second decade.
Emergency rescue appeal launched to save the world’s second largest Siamese crocodile population
The Philippines lies within the ‘coral triangle’ – the epicentre of marine biodiversity – and is home to around 3,000 fish species, 500 coral species and over 40 species of mangroves. Endangered species of sea turtles, whale sharks, yellowfin tuna and dolphins also inhabit these waters. The reefs are among the most threatened in the world due to overfishing, destructive fishing methods, pollution, coral mining and unregulated coral reef tourism, all of which contribute to the rapid decline of marine…
The results of a poll asking the global community to vote for the seven wonders of endangered species have been announced, with some unusual results.
In the latest instalment of the Global Trees Campaign’s 'Remarkable Trees' blog series, Fauna & Flora International’s David Gill describes his encounter with the African zebrawood from Cameroon.
They did it! Jarvis and Gray make it across the mountains of South Georgia after harrowing three day climb...
Conservation Leadership Programme alumni describe two new salamanders from Tamá Bi-National Park
It's true - a picture does tell a thousand words. The images below, taken in recent days, show the reality of the journey the crew of the Shackleton Epic are currently enduring.
Sea turtle experts from Fauna & Flora International arrive in the United States for International Sea Turtle Symposium
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is assisting Rio Tinto’s Richards Bay Minerals mine to meet its commitment of Net Positive Impact on biodiversity. Angela Hawdon describes how the project is bringing a range of stakeholders together to identify and protect this wonderful Coastal Dune Forest habitat.
This year, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) marks its 110th Anniversary. Over the next 12 months, FFI’s Elizabeth Allen will be searching through the archives, looking at how conservation has changed over the decades. She begins with the origins of FFI, and reflects on the utilitarian approach of early conservationists.
Fauna & Flora International’s Halcyon Land & Sea fund receives US$5 million boost from Arcadia.
During a trip to Colombia, Stuart Paterson (Conservation Leadership Programme Manager) took the opportunity to visit an amphibian research project that has spurred an entire community into action…
As part of a Conservation Cultural Exchange arrangement, four tiger patrollers from Indonesia recently visited project partner Australia Zoo. For a bunch of guys who spend their lives protecting Sumatran tigers, it was the first time any of them had been able to get up close and personal with a live tiger. The trip opened their eyes to many other things too, and Andi Siswanto (with some help from his fellow travellers M Rosali, Jefri Yulius and Seven X) was inspired to document some of his thoughts in this lovely blog...
The world’s first authentic recreation of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous voyage sets sail from Antarctica
Camera trap survey findings will help inform the conservation of this key ‘ecosystem engineer’ species.
Stephen Browne, Fauna & Flora International’s Asia-Pacific Director of Operations, tries his hand as a film critic to highlight a film that gives an insight to a way of life and a time abundant with wildlife that we can only hope to see again.
The decision by the Government of Belize to burn a stockpile of illegally-harvested rosewood timber may have prompted mixed reactions, but it has certainly got the nation talking about the issue, says Fauna & Flora International’s Karina Berg.
Conservationists often talk about “fragile ecosystems”, but just how fragile are they? Fauna & Flora International’s Mark Infield investigates, and asks whether “doom and gloom” messages are actually counter-productive…
Jeremy Holden examines our strange fascination with crocodiles – some of the planet’s longest-serving residents – and asks whether even 200 million years of evolutionary progress can withstand mankind’s modern pressures.
With over 140 projects in over 40 countries Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is custodian of a long list of extraordinary travel experiences waiting to be enjoyed by our supporters. FFI offers trips to project locations of striking natural beauty, where we provide you with privileged insight to how conservation works behind the scenes. If you would like to see for yourself what it takes to make conservation happen please join us on one of these unique trips organised especially…
A campaign aimed at raising awareness of the Critically Endangered saiga antelope has already achieved huge successes in Kazakhstan.
Prak Chanthy, Project Officer for Fauna & Flora International’s HARVEST programme in Cambodia, is passionate about pangolins. Here she shares a story she’s written, in both English and Khmer, to help us all understand the plight of the very unusual, scaled little mammal.
If you close your eyes and think about exploration, what images are conjured up in your mind? A Victorian gentleman perhaps, bedecked with khaki overalls, explorer’s hat and an extravagant moustache. You might imagine gruelling journeys and mosquito bites, and long hard treks through the jungle carrying butterfly nets. You probably would not imagine someone sitting at a computer, intently focused on Google Earth. But that is exactly how the forest on Mount Mabu, Mozambique, was discovered. Often referred to…
Liam Walsh, who until recently was Programme Development Officer for Fauna & Flora International in Vietnam, discusses the consequences of our increasingly urbanised planet, and suggests a simple remedy.
Kassie Campbell, a regular contributor to our site, blogs on meeting a real life conservation Wonder Woman, deep in the Sumatran jungle.
Tony Whitten (Fauna & Flora International’s Asia-Pacific Regional Director) reports on a recent trip to southern China, where he and other staff attended a remarkable symposium that focused on a little-known component of biodiversity.
For those in the Northern Hemisphere, the cold, dark days until spring can be a challenge. Here, Fauna & Flora International’s Sarah Rakowski shares a selection of beautiful “wintery” photographs that she hopes will help to show the world the bright side of winter....
As the Hobbit reaches British cinemas, Pippa Howard shares her views about how the breathtaking and biodiverse landscapes of New Zealand are changing.
Earlier in the year, Fauna & Flora International’s Tony Whitten reported on his cruise around the beautiful islands and reefs of far eastern Indonesia aboard Seatrek Bali’s Ombak Putih, planning an itinerary based on the travels and travails of Alfred Russel Wallace – ‘the Attenborough of the Victorian Age’. Now he is on a quest to get closer to the man…
British boxer Georgina Banton was fighting for the future of the natural world when she donned her gloves to raise funds for Belizean NGO, Ya’axché Conservation Trust.
In the second instalment of our 'Remarkable Trees' blog series, Richard Jenkins from IUCN shares his fascination with Madagascar’s iconic baobabs...
Leonard G. Reyes showcases through photos how Fauna & Flora International works with the Agta people to help conserve Philippine rainforest.
Research findings offer a glimmer of hope for one of the world’s rarest primates.
Tiger protectors come face to face with live tigers for the first time
In light of IUCN's latest campaign, Mark Infield (Director of Fauna & Flora International’s Cultural Values Programme) asks whether talking about love, not loss, is a better way to get the message through…
Shackleton Epic expedition leader Tim Jarvis waves goodbye to friends and supporters as he prepares to embark on his most ambitious adventure yet.
Could there be more biological treasures awaiting discovery in Asia’s limestone cave systems?
New multiple-use reserve will help protect a globally important coral reef ecosystem that is home to turtles, manatees and more.
After three years of academic graft, the bat signal flashes in the sky for Dr Neil Furey, writes Jeremy Holden.
Award recognises the conservancy’s responsible, respectful approach to sustainable tourism.
Anna Lyons describes three recent events that have underlined the importance and urgency of scaling up responsible business practices, and argues that Singapore may be rising as a centre for sustainable action.
We are pleased to report that our drinks reception Sumatran Tiger Tales; a story of recovery? on Tuesday 26 February at Drapers’ Hall in London was a great success. Nearly 150 Fauna & Flora International (FFI) supporters joined us to hear the key speech from Dr Matthew Linkie, FFI’s Aceh Programme Manager. Dr Linkie provided a fascinating talk outlining the principal threats to Sumatran tigers and the work that FFI are carrying out in southern Sumatra at Kerinci Seblat National…
A new tool aimed at promoting conservation and management of biodiversity across the agriculture sector has been officially launched – and made freely available to all companies seeking to make their business practices more sustainable.
Over the years, Stephen Browne has amassed an impressive collection of folk art. Set against the background of the economics vs aesthetics debate, he talks about some of his favourite pieces and discusses what these say about the cultures they come from...
Mountain gorillas are now the only great ape with clear signs of increasing population despite continued pressure on habitat
With another update from the Iberian lynx breeding centre in Portugal, volunteers Maike Demski and Tom Smith tell of the astonishing success of this year’s breeding season, and introduce a few of the characters…
Panda Award winner Anirban Dutta Gupta shares some tips for budding environmental film-makers.
With the publication of a report into the sacred sites of Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains, Dr Mark Infield asks whether we are doing enough to ensure that conservation and cultural values go hand-in-hand.
A new collaborative report, aimed at Chief Financial Officers, accountancy professionals and business leaders, investigates the concept of materiality and how it may be used in response to declining natural capital.
Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands elected as President of Fauna & Flora International
While in transit on her way back from a trip to Chile with Anglo American, Pippa Howard shares her reflections on the importance of sustainable water management high in the Andes Mountains. Mining, agriculture and people’s livelihoods all depend on the fresh water that cycles through the alpine wetlands.
In his latest blog, Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Mark Infield asks whether simple economic arguments for conservation are enough.
Fauna & Flora International commends Disney on the launch of its comprehensive new Paper Sourcing and Use Policy.
Whales, dolphins and tropical fish are all very well, but here Elizabeth Allen, Programme Officer for Conservation Partnerships at Fauna & Flora International, extols the virtues of the humble oyster, and reflects on its potency as a symbol for the relationship between mankind and the sea.
Jeremy Holden ponders how an encounter with a herd of elephants has influenced his thoughts - both waking and asleep.
With the Saint Lucia racer recently dubbed ‘the world’s rarest snake’, Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Jenny Daltry looks back at the hugely successful Antiguan Racer Conservation Project, which may hold the answers to saving this species.
The October 2012 issue of Oryx - The International Journal of Conservation, contains a collection of articles examining marine conservation in Aceh, Indonesia. In this blog Matthew Linkie, FFI’s Aceh Programme Manager, explains the processes involved in the creation of these six articles.
Grey Nurse Shark Watch celebrates its successful volunteer programme and community based photographic identification project, that’s working to ensure the survival of the species.
Christina Garcia talks to Fauna & Flora International about the emerging challenges and exciting opportunities for conservation in Belize.
Eighteen years ago, Fauna & Flora International's Dr Tony Whitten first learned about a serious threat to the Hon Chong hills in Vietnam, which are home to many rare and endemic species. Here he shares his thoughts on the news story, which has finally broken.
Godwin Limberg, manager of FFI’s Murung Raya project in Central Kalimantan, looks at the issues around traditional Asian medicines and considers whether studying the psychology behind medicine might be the key to saving species.
Banda Aceh's newest elephant recruit born on Tuesday morning. Mother and calf doing well.
Pippa Howard and Laura Somerville talk about their experiences at the World Conservation Congress in Korea, where landscape level approaches and collaborations were at the forefront of people’s minds.
From tiger spirits to the law of the jungle, Jeremy Holden discusses how local beliefs and customs affect the way people view these big cats, and what this means for conservation.
Read on to learn more about the awards and who can apply…
An Indonesian voyage in association with Seatrek Bali At the very start of 2012 I sailed on the white-painted Ombak Puith with Seatrek Bali, a company based in Bali, to plan a series of cruises around the journey of Alfred Russel Wallace. Wallace has been described as “the David Attenborough of the Victorian age” and along with Darwin, is lauded with developing the theory of evolution. This journey was a dream come true. I had read Wallace’s The Malay Archipelago,…
Cambodia Country Manager Berry Mulligan grabs his camera and escapes his desk in Phnom Penh to visit the Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Aceh Programme and learn about locally-lead marine resource management.
A team of conservationists in Macedonia has managed to rescue, revive and release a lesser kestrel that had been shot and injured by hunters.
We had such great feedback from a recent guest blog by Kassie Campbell, tiger handler at Australia Zoo, that we asked her write for us again. Here she blogs about an iconic Aussie marsupial, the wombat…
Godwin Limberg spends his days working for Fauna & Flora International in Kalimantan and his nights, it would appear, running Murung Raya’s local wildlife rescue centre and saving small animals from a life less … alive
As a biologist, Jeremy Holden could give you many scientific reasons for conserving species. But here, he tells how a chance encounter with a peacock reminded him that our need to protect the world’s natural wonders runs far deeper than that…
Fauna & Flora International’s ‘Conservation Report’ – a summary of results from our global projects – highlights enormous collective conservation achievements in 2011
Tony Whitten, Regional Director at Fauna & Flora International and recipient of the Mongolian President’s Friendship Medal for his services to conservation, explains why recent biodiversity assessments in the Gobi desert gave him a sense of vindication and high hopes for the future.
Eight more orang-utans released into Bukit Batikap Protection Forest in Indonesia
Even though he is "too old" to really celebrate his birthday, Dr Stephen Browne, from FFI’s Asia-Pacific team, explains how the inspiration of a photograph on his wall and an amazing historical figure, made his 43rd birthday one to remember.
A recent short training session for community rangers conducted by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in the Jantho Wildlife Reserve, Aceh, produced a surprise result.
How do you put a name to something if it’s not in the textbooks? It’s all about knowing who to ask and how to ask it, explains Jeremy Holden.
Proceeds will help scientists save a disappearing ecosystem.
Dr Ulrike Streicher is one of the few wildlife veterinarians in Indochina and one of Vietnam’s longest standing primate specialists. Uli splits her time between her two roles as Fauna & Flora International’s Vietnam Primate Programme Manager and as a wildlife veterinarian for primate and wildlife rescue centres across Indochina with support from the Eva-Mayr Stihl Foundation.
A recent posting on a popular social media forum has had huge impact and caused outcry on a global scale. When Uli sent the posting and pictures to the office in Cambridge, partly to let us know and partly to help explain what life can be like working in conservation on the ground, we were moved beyond words. Not only at the fact that human beings have done this, but that this is not uncommon. This despicable, unnecessary brutality is what Uli and her team, and others working not only in Vietnam but many other countries around the world, deal with every single day. As Uli is dedicated to the conservation of primates, we asked if she’d mind sharing this story and her thoughts with our staff around the world, and now we share it with you, because this needs to be told.
** WARNING ** We have not posted the most extreme of images that accompany this piece, due to the broad age range of our readers, but please be warned that some of the images below are very graphic and may cause distress.
Tuesday 20 October 2015 The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! The event Fauna & Flora International (FFI), renowned for innovative conservation since 1903, invites you to join us for a presentation with FFI vice-president Sir David Attenborough and FFI Chief Executive Officer Mark Rose. Join us on Tuesday 20 October for this event. Tickets go on sale early September 2015 (date to be announced here shortly). All profit goes towards supporting FFI’s conservation…
Karina Berg, Programme Officer for the Americas and Caribbean region at Fauna & Flora International, reflects on her recent trip to Nicaragua and introduces the Hawksbill Cup – a fun new way to keep communities engaged with turtle conservation.
In the March issue of Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) Update newsletter we reported on a new discovery by Odette Curtis of the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust. The discovery was a beautiful and fragile member of the iris family, from the African genus Hesperantha. This plant belongs to South Africa’s renosterveld ecosystem (a vegetation system that supports the highest number of bulbous plants in the world). So far it has only been found on one site in the Overberg district on…
Our team in Kerinci Seblat National Park dedicate their lives to saving Sumatra’s tigers. An incident like the one team leader Debbie Martyr describes below – and in the accompanying video - of finding a tiger caught in a snare is their worst nightmare.
Jeremy Holden – field biologist, wildlife photographer and intrepid explorer – describes how it really feels to meet a tiger in the wild, and talks of the spiritual links that have formed between the people of Sumatra and their majestic neighbours.
Reptile World Serpentarium in St Cloud, Florida, recently hosted an event to raise funds for the Siamese crocodile, with the majority of funds raised directed toward Fauna & Flora International’s Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Program. The Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Program (CCCP) was co-founded by Fauna & Flora International (FFI), the Royal Government of Cambodia and local communities to save the Critically Endangered Siamese crocodile and its globally important wetlands. The total amount raised was $9,000, a record for the four-year-old grassroots…
Recent camera trapping work, by Fauna & Flora International's Cambodia Elephant Conservation Group, has captured a treasure trove of rare and endangered species on film.
Named after the country in which it was found, the Cambodian kukri snake is already under threat from habitat loss
As a Programme Development Officer working with Fauna & Flora International in Vietnam, Liam Walsh sees a lot of activity based around agriculture in his day-to-day work life. Here he ponders the importance of the land, the nutrients it provides and people whose lives so rely on it - and finds some joy and humility in growing his own.
Amid rebel militia advancements toward Rumangabo, where Virunga National Park headquarters is located, the park has evacuated most of the rangers and their families in order to keep them out of harms way.
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Doing nothing is not an option says Dr Jenny Daltry, Senior Conservation Biologist with Fauna & Flora International
On 7th October 2012 20 members of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) staff, alongside some enthusiastic supporters, strained their sinews and crunched their calves to hurl themselves through the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon. The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon takes place every year in London, incorporating some of the capital’s most famous and beautiful sights, such as Hyde Park and the Houses of Parliament. All the staff at FFI would like to say a big thank you to the…
Fauna & Flora International's wildlife photographer, field biologist and adventurous snacker Jeremy Holden chews the leg off a cricket and wonders if other cultures aren't onto something with their diverse eating habits...
Urgent appeal launched following a murderous raid by poachers
Environment Reporter, conservationist, naturalist and music lover Serge Negus has been announced as Fauna & Flora International Australia’s first official Honorary Ambassador.
A new partnership between fishermen and conservationists establishes a blueprint for sustainable conservation of Lyme Bay.
Experiencing first-hand the remarkable work undertaken by the Tiger Protection and Conservation Units, Mark Turner recounts his time spent on patrol in Indonesia's Kerinci Seblat National Park.
Mike Forsdick jumped into the deep end when he joined the board of Fauna & Flora International Australia recently - and found himself diving with grey nurse sharks...
A collective of the world's leading conservation groups are supporting a statement made yesterday calling for the halting of all petroleum exploration in Virunga National Park.
Rio+20, the largest UN summit ever organised has come and gone, and while feedback has generally been critical, staff from Fauna & Flora International (FFI) found a silver lining in side events.
Thousands of people take part in the 2012 naming ceremony to celebrate mountain gorilla conservation and wish the new arrivals a long and healthy life.
During a trip to Ometepe Island in Nicaragua, Adam Henson (Technical Director for Fauna & Flora International US) discovers why local farmers are happy to help protect the island’s natural resources…
Parades, piñatas and paintings help raise awareness for Nicaraguan biodiversity on Ometepe Island.
Fauna & Flora International’s Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project team is pleased to announce the arrival of 18 baby crocs.
Fauna & Flora International’s Tiger Protection and Conservation Units in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra, have long enjoyed the support of Australia Zoo. An exchange programme now underway is seeing a small group of tiger handlers from the zoo spend some time in the forest, getting to know the boys on the ground, and also the problems they face in saving Sumatran tigers in the wild. Kassie Campbell was one the first to be put through her paces…
Supporters and friends of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) have been invited to the Lekki Conservation Centre, NCF Headquarters at Victoria Island (Lagos, Nigeria) tomorrow to celebrate World Environment Day (WED), initially planned for Tuesday 5 June. Although the main theme – ‘Green Economy, does it include you?’ – has not changed, the event will now also mark the life and work of the internationally respected conservation leader, Professor Emmanuel Asuquo Obot, killed in a plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria ten days…
It may seem as though Stephen Browne, Manager of Fauna & Flora International Singapore has been seconded to the Singapore Tourism Board for his latest blog, but it’s the naturalist within that has him singing the praises of the green city and its trees.
To mark World Oceans Day, Sarah Rakowski (Communications Officer at Fauna & Flora International) examines how youth engagement is shaping marine conservation efforts, and what this means for the future of our oceans.
Seven unique prints depicting Sumatra’s wildlife are on sale now, with all proceeds going to support Fauna & Flora International’s work in Indonesia.
DFID project reference: CSCF 552 Project title: Empowering marginalised coastal communities in Ecuador to engage in local decision-making and manage their natural resources. Project start: 1st July 2011 Project end: 31st March 2015 All published project documents can be found below: Original project proposal (PDF) Original DFID project budget (PDF) Annual report: year 1 (PDF) Financial report – year 1 (PDF) Financial report – year 2 (PDF) Financial report – year 3 (PDF)
Fauna & Flora International launches global campaign for World Environment Day 2012.
In his role as Programme Manager for the Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP), Stuart Paterson has come across some pretty heroic characters. Here, he explains how the CLP's learning exchanges help alumni share their superpowers.
The latest round of funding will support 28 projects in 22 countries, benefitting species as diverse as the manatee, the chestnut-bellied hummingbird (pictured), the Amur tiger and the pearly tree frog.
To believe or not to believe? That is the question explored by field biologist and wildlife photographer Jeremy Holden in his latest blog.
The Ntakata Forest in the Mahale Mountains of north-west Tanzania is home to the eastern long-haired chimpanzee. Threatened by habitat loss, poaching and disease (often transmitted by humans), this charismatic primate is listed as Endangered by the IUCN. The Tongwe people who live in the Ntakata Forest have never hunted the chimpanzees for their meat because of their respect for these creatures and the forest they inhabit. Sadly, however, this critical habitat area is coming under increasing threat from deforestation…
Hope for the newly discovered monkey as the Myanmar government supports a new National Park and first evidence secured of the primate’s existence in China
Edita Magileviciute has been tasked with developing Fauna & Flora International’s new marine programme in Eurasia. Here, she takes readers on a trip to Turkey, whose sparkling waters hide a multitude of problems.
A new report assessing the status of Vietnam’s gibbons shows that immediate conservation intervention is needed to prevent their extinction.
Jose Harnett, from Fauna & Flora International’s Australia office, headed to the University of New South Wales to teach some students a lesson or two about recycling...
A rare sighting of a large group of one of the 25 most endangered primate species in the world
To help raise awareness of the world’s threatened trees, Fauna & Flora International will be publishing a 'Remarkable Trees' series of blogs covering tales of some of our favourite arboreal species. Here, David Gill (Programme Officer for the Global Trees Campaign) plants the seed…
Motion-detecting cameras in southern Belize have captured striking images of two kings of the Central American jungle.
Conservation business leaders from Fauna & Flora International (FFI) actively endorse the World Sustainable Agriculture Congress
IGCP Director warns that although gorillas are not targeted, the impact of heavy artillery on their habitat and behavior could jeopardise their safety.
Taking a well-earned rest during their trans-continental journeys, many exotic migratory birds are stopping off in Belize. Here, Sergio Rejado Albaina explains how local bird clubs are making the most of the opportunity.
The Explorers Club headquarters in New York City and The Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis were perfect settings for special events recently, featuring guest speaker Gareth Goldthorpe, Carnivore Project Coordinator in Georgia. Gareth presented an overview of our program in Georgia, which sits at a fascinating biological crossroads between Asia, Europe, and Africa. His work with our Georgian partner NACRES addresses a problem familiar to us here in the US – human-carnivore conflict related to the wolf. He shared…
Prime Minister Hun Sen announces temporary suspension of economic land concessions to strengthen effectiveness of land management
Fauna & Flora International's Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project team have just returned from the field where they conducted surveys for crocodile nests.
If you thought life in the jungle sounded glamorous, prepare to think again. In his latest blog, wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden tells of encounters with some of the rainforest’s less alluring inhabitants: parasites.
Anti illegal logging campaigner killed in Cambodia
New trail in Ometepe Island Biosphere Reserve will keep visitors safe and protect fragile forest ecosystems.
Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Aldrin Mallari warns against giving up on degraded ecosystems too soon and hints at treasures yet to be found.
With an update from the Iberian Lynx breeding centre in Portugal, volunteer Sarah Havery describes the telltale signs of lynx courtship, and how it feels to welcome a new generation of the world’s rarest cat species.
New schools and health centres in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will benefit both people and wildlife in and around Maiko National Park.
In his latest blog, wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden reveals his life-long love affair with amphibians, and talks about righting some wrongs committed in his youth.
Lahja Tijilumbu is an intern working with Fauna & Flora International and partners on a Landscape Level Assessment of land use and biodiversity vulnerability within the uranium province in the Central Namib. Here, she discusses the progress so far…
Fauna & Flora International supports No Shark Fins Singapore campaign
Dr Stephen Browne, Senior Programme Manager for our Asia-Pacific team, gets behind a new Singapore based campaign to see an end to the infamous practice of shark fin soup.
Pioneering assessment survey provides new information on the ecology and natural history of many species of vertebrates.
With mounting pressure on developing countries to conserve their natural environment, Karina Berg – Fauna & Flora International’s Programme Officer for the Americas and Caribbean – asks whether the burden of responsibility really lies closer to home…
Landscapes are complex and increasingly have to support many different land uses and objectives, from food production and livelihoods, to providing water, timber and energy, to maintaining sites important for natural and cultural heritage. It is important to identify and prioritise areas for conservation that are of greatest significance and offer greatest opportunities for linking biodiversity and socio-economic development. Assessing the best and most sustainable land use options requires a sound, defensible understanding of the landscape in question. This includes…
Hipposideros griffini is the latest in a spate of new bat discoveries in the region.
Dr Mark Infield, Fauna & Flora International’s Cultural Values Programme Director, explains how we can harness people’s deep (and sometimes surprising) connections with nature for the benefit of all.
In a bid to share knowledge and experience across an international team, Cambridge-based Rob Harris and Cambodia-based Tuy ('Vathana') Sereivathana swapped countries for a while. Here, they share their experiences.
Awards recognise innovative business initiatives that are making a real impact in addressing today’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.
It may sound like science-fiction, but satellites in space are now helping scientists assess the state of the world’s forests. In his blog, Fauna & Flora International’s Jose Don De Alban explains how the technology works and what it means for conservation.
World’s rarest cat species gets a boost.
With apologies to the Irish for a bit of poetic licence with the lyrics of the folk song, ‘Cockles and Mussels’, Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Helen Schneider reflects on a recent visit to fishing communities on Ecuador’s Pacific coast.
Jack Whelan, Executive Director of Fauna & Flora International Australia, discusses progress made during a recent visit by Mongolian government officials who were looking to learn more about Australia’s biodiversity offset schemes.
Researchers from the University of York believe fish populations may already be starting to recover in Scotland’s first fully protected marine reserve.
With encouraging reports that Sumatran tiger numbers are increasing in some areas, wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden shares his thoughts on the secret to this success.
With 17 years of experience promoting conservation, sustainable development and indigenous rights, Lisel Alamilla is ideally placed to usher in a new, brighter era for Belize’s natural environment.
As wildlife flees the area, emergency funds provided via the Rapid Response Facility will bring in aerial support for firefighters battling flames on Mount Kenya.
Fauna & Flora International’s Dr Aldrin Mallari salutes the balut, and suggests lessons learnt from tasting and tolerance can be just as useful in conservation.
David de Beer – External Consultant to the Delegation of the European Union to Indonesia – shares some thoughts from his recent visit to Fauna & Flora International’s EU-funded Livelihood Programme for Community Rangers (one of a suite of projects known as Aceh Peace Process Support, or APPS).
Fauna & Flora International’s Tony Whitten, Regional Director of Asia-Pacific, continues his travels and blogs in the wake of Alfred Russel Wallace and encounters a dogged local conservationist.
A Fauna & Flora International field team recently came across a rare beauty whilst working in Myanmar.
In the north of Jakarta mangroves are springing up once more, restoring a wasteland to its former, verdant glory. Dr Stephen Browne of Fauna & Flora International tells the story of this remarkable recovery, and explains what this means for both people and wildlife.
8 March is International Women’s Day – what better time to celebrate the work of amazing women in conservation, like Julie Hanta Razafimanahaka…
In his latest blog, Dr Stephen Browne talks about the remarkable progress made towards conserving the recently discovered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey, and the work that still needs to be done.
Wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden may not count his chickens, but takes no issue with the more exotic species found around the Indawgi Lake region of Myanmar.
Dr Tony Whitten, Fauna & Flora International's Asia-Pacific Director blogs about how REDD is providing the green light for Village Forests and local management in Indonesia
Three new infants are born in Bangliang Nature Reserve, Guangxi Province.
First steps realised in action plan to see all rescued orang-utans released into their natural habitat
Fauna & Flora International's Dr Mark Infield, Programme Director of Culture & Conservation, heads down under to enjoy the fruit that doesn't fall far from the tree.
Fauna & Flora International is using sport to get young people excited about conservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Jose Harnett, from Fauna & Flora International's Australia office, got caught up in the fun of the serious business of raising money for charities in ICAP's Charity Day...
Discovered in Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area, this new lizard species is the most recent find in a string of discoveries in the remote northeast Cambodia, increasing the conservation value of this unique region
Phalla Leng, Fauna & Flora International's Project Assistant with the Cambodian Elephant Conservation Group, and her Ministry of Environment counterpart Sovannak Keo, have teamed up to blog about their experiences in the field, working to save the Asian elephant.
New agreement between Kenya’s Sera Conservancy and tourist operator offers a pioneering approach to conservation
In the continuation of his blog on Alfred Russel Wallace, Fauna & Flora International’s Tony Whitten spends another day in paradise, retracing the steps of one of his conservation heroes.
Within the Great Sandy Biosphere, between Fraser Island and the mainland of south-east Queensland, Australia, lies the Great Sandy Strait. These coastal sandy habitats support species such as resident and migratory turtles and shorebirds, dugongs, and humpback whales. A little further south in the Great Sandy Marine Park, the endangered grey nurse shark can be found. However, pressure from fishing, unsympathetic tourist activity and the degradation of coastal habitats is putting the species that rely on these ecosystems at risk.…
Ethically sourced African blackwood jewellery to shine at The Good Fashion Show.
Large scale habitat conversion and high levels of forest disturbance have resulted in a spate of recent sightings of elephants in and around number of villages across the Cardamom Mountains landscape over the last 12 months. Until recently, elephants were rarely if ever seen, even by conservation researchers. These pictures and video were captured in January 2012 by the FFI Cambodian Elephant Conservation Group team. Taken on the forest edge close to a sugar cane plantation, they show how scary…
Stephen Browne, Senior Programme Manager with Fauna & Flora International’s Asia-Pacific team, squints through the haze and suggests where there's smoke, there's fire.
Young gorilla struggled for days before dying in a snare set for antelope
A legacy gift from a conservation supporter creates genuine prospects for the survival of Bornean orang-utans
Living a life less ordinary, wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden's white picket fence and 'happily ever after' turns out to be - a carnivorous plant. Uncomfortable with the honour of this new species taking his name, Jeremy ponders the process.
A research team, supported by the Conservation Leadership Programme, is leading the way to better bird conservation.
Fauna & Flora International's Tony Whitten, Regional Director of Asia-Pacific shares his thoughts on both the history - and future - of conservation, with a grateful nod to a little known hero. Part two of Tony's blog will be posted on Friday 17 February.
Karen Winnick, a Board member for Fauna & Flora International in the United States, is the author and illustrator of children’s books and an avid supporter of wildlife conservation. Recently she joined US Executive Director Katie Frohardt on a visit to our turtle project in Nicaragua.
Infant mortality is high in most species, but baby Rathana, the sole survivor of the first captive bred Siamese crocodiles in Phnom Tamao’s new breeding facility, is being given all the help the Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project can muster. For three months he lived in a special enclosure in the garden of Fauna & Flora International’s Phnom Penh office. Now he is getting bigger and able to look after himself he has been moved to the facility’s brand new rearing…
Alex Rowell responded to a call from Fauna & Flora International, asking for voyeuristic volunteers to monitor lynx breeding in Portugal. Tour of duty complete, Alex blogs about his experience and what it will take to have lynx once again roaming the Iberian peninsula.
New Facebook game lets you donate as you play.
Michelle Pfaffenthaler, technical advisor for Fauna & Flora International's Business & Biodiversity programme, blogs about the demand for coal and the alternatives to fuel the world's insatiable energy requirements.
Camera survey gives a rare glimpse into snow leopard family life.
Results offer hope for Critically Endangered hawksbill turtle population.
New report by Fauna & Flora International offers important insights into the protection of tropical forests
Stephen Browne, Senior Programme Manager with Fauna & Flora International's Asia-Pacific team, ponders payment for providing a cool glass of H2O.
Wildlife photographer and field biologist Jeremy Holden led the camera trapping team responsible for the first ever photos of the latest large mammal to be discovered, the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey.
World’s first look at the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey
Helen Schneider, FFI’s Programme Director, Conservation, Livelihoods and Governance, takes a journey to Central America to explore how we can work in a changing climate.
Transylvania’s Zarand landscape corridor to be protected
Livestock guarding dogs the key to Tusheti shepherds livelihoods
Monitoring programme provides a rare glimpse of one of the world’s most elusive mammals
Anna Lyons, programme manager with Fauna & Flora International’s Business & Biodiversity team, curries favour - or is that flavour - and gets fanciful with foodie thoughts...
Australia Zoo lends its weight to international conservation effort to save the grey nurse shark
Following this month's climate change talks in Durban, Linda Rosengren looks at the progress made and some of the hurdles yet to overcome...
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Over recent months we have been celebrating the 10th anniversary of Fauna & Flora International’s Turtle Conservation Programme in Nicaragua. We hope you've enjoyed the peek inside the daily workings of one of our benchmark conservation programmes. There's still more to come, but this week, we thought we'd take you on a pictorial journey through the last 10 years. Alison Gunn, FFI's Programme Manager, Americas & Caribbean, has unearthed some classic moments from the archives. We hope you enjoy!
Travelling around Asia gives Stephen Browne, Fauna & Flora International’s Asia-Pacific Senior Programme Manager, time to think about the impact flying has on the world, and reports here an impact that is probably lesser known.
A property originally bought by Fauna & Flora International becomes a model for conservation in the Cape Floral Kingdom
Dr Mark Infield, Fauna & Flora International's Director of Cultural Values & Conservation Programme, ponders the reality behind self-interest and local support of conservation.
Four year old Sumatran tiger pulls rank to check out the chopper
Gareth Goldthorpe, Fauna & Flora International’s Project Field Coordinator in Georgia, joins the field team for a week of trapping wolves and bears in eastern Georgia.
Cambodian monks learn about Critically Endangered Siamese crocodiles
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) US Executive Director Katie Frohardt has been championing conservation of sea turtles for a decade. Her first trip to Nicaragua was shared with some people who have become instrumental in the ongoing success of FFI's turtle programme.
Gena Abarca, Environmental Education & Communication Coordinator with Fauna & Flora International Nicaragua recollects some personal highs - and lows - all in the line of raising awareness of turtles in Nicaragua.
Fauna & Flora International’s Community Conservation Technical Advisor in the DRC, Samuel Boendi Lihamba, recently visited the United States for an International Seminar in Protected Area Management. Samuel shares his thoughts on his trip and his hope and vision for the future.
New tool will help planners assess the social and biodiversity impacts of REDD+ projects
Mark Infield blogs about the value of conserving species for oft-overlooked reasons...
Despite its name, the brown bear varies greatly in colour, ranging from very light brown through to black. It is powerfully built with a large head, muscular shoulders and long, tough claws. Although formally classified as carnivores, brown bears are actually omnivorous and feed on a wide variety of grasses, roots, nuts, berries, insects and larvae, as well as meat (when available). Brown bear facts: Its scientific name, Ursus arctos, literally means ‘Bear bear’ (in Latin and Greek respectively) Cubs…
Fuelled by a passion only a fellow coffee addict could fathom, Dr Stephen Browne, Fauna & Flora International's Asia-Pacific Senior Programme Manager, gets a buzz from the most beautiful of brown brews.
Fauna & Flora International and partners bring together students and leading experts to discuss environmental challenges and opportunities in Tajikistan
After two protracted civil wars, the Republic of South Sudan emerged on 9 July 2011 as an independent nation. South Sudan is diverse, vast and culturally rich with over 40 ethnic groups and languages. Historically its floodplains, grasslands and forests literally teemed with wildlife thanks to the fresh water and fertile soils provided by the White Nile and its tributaries. Despite the ravages of war, a huge wildlife migration (on a par with the Serengeti) persists in South Sudan and widespread…
The grey nurse shark (also known as the sand tiger shark) is found around the coasts of tropical to temperate oceans worldwide, although populations are becoming increasingly isolated. Reaching up to 3.2 metres in length, it has a stocky build, flattened head and characteristic, fang-like teeth that protrude even when its mouth is shut. Grey nurse shark facts: Although it might look fearsome, the grey nurse shark is harmless and placid Grey nurse sharks have the lowest reproductive rate of…
Hidden treasures off the Ecuador coast The eastern shores of the Pacific Ocean harbour a dazzling diversity of marine life. Remarkable numbers of species have been recorded, including five species of sea turtles, twenty kinds of whale and dolphin, hammerhead and whale sharks, manta rays and countless species of fish, corals and molluscs. Recognising the importance of Ecuadorean waters for both marine biodiversity and coastal communities, the Government of Ecuador is striving to establish a national network of Marine Protected…
Jeremy Holden, renowned wildlife photographer and part time Fauna & Flora International staffer, recounts a recent trip into northern Myanmar setting traps for local fauna - although not the same traps others are setting.
Of all the big cats, the lion is perhaps one of the most iconic. It holds a special cultural significance in countries around the world, and has captured the imagination of many artists, writers and film-makers. Lions once ranged across Africa through to south-west Asia and west into Europe. Today however they are restricted to sub-Saharan Africa, with an isolated subspecies population in north-west India. Lion facts: The Asiatic lion (found only in India) is listed as Endangered by the…
UNIQUE ART WORKS IN AID OF CONSERVATION Two extraordinary rhino related art works up for grabs! FFI is in the fortunate position to have been provided with two impressive art works to offer to our supporters, the sale of which will support FFI’s conservation work around the world. Artworks Southern white rhinos at Solio by Robin Moore White rhino light sculpture by Michael Methven How to pledge Southern white rhinos at Solio Robin Moore (RESERVE PRICE £500 GBP) An exceptionally powerful…
Perla Torres, Turtle Nesting Beach Coordinator for Fauna & Flora International in Nicaragua, reflects on her experiences of marine turtle nesting beach conservation and monitoring.
Joy Juma, from Kenya, is among the first early-career conservation practitioners to take an innovative Masters programme at the University of Cambridge
Now Conservation Partnerships Manager, Environmental Markets with Fauna & Flora International in the UK, Zoë Cullen spent two years working with communities to protect tigers and habitat in a remote area of Sumatra, Indonesia. She reflects on a project that is particularly close to her heart...
The Myanmar snub-nosed monkey is a new species to science, discovered in 2010 by a team of local and international conservationists in Northern Myanmar. It has almost entirely black fur with white only on ear tufts, chin beard and perineal area. It also has a relatively long tail, approximately 140% of its body length. The Myanmar snub-nosed monkey is found in Kachin State in north-eastern Myanmar and is cut off from other related species by the Mekong and Salween Rivers.…
The red panda is largely found in mountainous, temperate forest regions in Asia. Although the full extent of its range is not well understood, this is known to include Nepal, India, Bhutan, southern China and northern Myanmar. Red pandas feed mainly on bamboo leaves and shoots, but also forage for other foodstuffs such as fruits, roots and grasses, bird eggs, insects and grubs. Red panda facts: Red pandas have a wide range of calls, including the unusual “quack-snort” A shy…
Stephen Fry and Tony Jones were on board to help celebrate the launch of Fauna & Flora International Australia's new Conservation Circle group
A recent trip to southern Vietnam gives Dr Stephen Browne an opportunity to write about his favourite subject – pheasants!
Report confirms Aceh’s forest a global priority for wild tigers in Asia.
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Report findings will provide a scientific basis for future conservation of one of Mexico’s most biodiverse ecosystems
New report by Fauna & Flora International’s Natural Value Initiative shows that companies in the extractive sector are starting to think about their impact on biodiversity, but more needs to be done
PUMA.Creative Impact Award raises the profile of one of the world’s most significant threats to biodiversity
Leading vet suggests overeating has caused the decimation of saiga antelope population
James Kirby sits on the Fauna & Flora International (FFI) Australia Advisory board. As Chief Executive of Hungerford Hill Wines, James has a clear understanding of the need for sustainable land management. It was with great personal and professional interest he and Claire Wivell Plater visited Africa to visit some of the projects FFI are involved in...
Alison Gunn, Programme Manager, Americas & Caribbean for Fauna & Flora International reflects on the first time she witnessed a turtle coming ashore and laying her eggs - and how far the programme has come since.
The Government of Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has taken a further step in demonstrating its commitment to protecting globally important biodiversity with the launch of a national action plan for the conservation of gibbons.
Dr Stephen Browne, Fauna & Flora International’s Senior Programme Manager, Asia-Pacific, ponders how an evening promenade on a tropical Thailand beach highlights the problem with our throwaway society...
Fauna & Flora International’s Helen Nyul describes her involvement in Brazil’s Minas Rio mine as a case study for how we work with our corporate partner Anglo American.
A photo essay by Terry Sandy, Community Engagement Officer with Fauna & Flora International, Puruk Cahu
Conservation Leadership Programme supports local NGOs to save threatened species
As part of celebrating the 10th anniversary of Fauna & Flora International's turtle programme in Nicaragua, we'd like to introduce you to some of the people without whom we'd never have got so far. Orna Bird is one such person.
Bunya Mountains Elders Council project wins 2011 Queensland Landcare Award
Dr Stephen Browne, Fauna & Flora International's Senior Programme Manager, Asia-Pacific, puts the tiny Indonesian island of Lombok under the microscope and concludes that from little things, big things grow...
Rehabilitation of drinking water supply systems in Tusheti
The Murung Raya district occupies 2.3 million hectares in the geographic centre of Borneo, straddling the equator in the Indonesian province of Central Kalimantan. Ecosystems in this district include significant areas of lowland mixed dipterocarp forest, a variety of heath forest, up to sub-mountainous and moss forests. Protecting natural treasures Besides a wealth of biodiversity and a variety of ecosystems, Murung Raya is also rich in natural resources, vast stands of commercial timber, and extensive coal and gold deposits. Forests…
Fauna & Flora International's Director of Development & Communications, Chris Greenwood, thinks about Kyrgyzstan a lot. Here he illustrates some of those thoughts with photographs showing a glimpse of how beautiful the country really is.
A diabolic find for Vietnam
Angela Hawdon, Corporate Partnership Manager in Fauna & Flora International’s Australia office, shares her thoughts on an exciting community project, deep in the heart of Borneo.
2011 marks the 10th anniversary of Fauna & Flora International’s benchmark Turtle Conservation Programme in Nicaragua. Over coming months, we will be featuring a series of reports, stories, blogs and photos, delving into all aspects of the programme, from humble beginnings to hopes for the future – and all its champions along the way.
Dr Sverre Aarseth, life-long wildlife enthusiast, mountaineer, tiger admirer and now a proud supporter of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) blogs about a recent trip to Aceh, Indonesia.
Tiger patrols in Sumatra’s Kerinci Seblat National Park maintain their vigilance
Rachel Austin, Fauna & Flora International's Marine Programme Manager, recently wrote an article for FFI's Update publication on the Philippines programme. Here is the full version.
Appeal off to a strong start but more help needed
Project expands to include Batwa tribes in Semlike National Park
Angela Hawdon, Corporate Partnership Manager with Fauna & Flora International, blogs on her recent, very colourful visit to Kalimantan.
Fauna & Flora International gear up to celebrate 10th anniversary of turtle programme
Vale Junaidi Shalat
Godwin Limberg, Fauna & Flora International’s Project Manager for the Murung Raya Conservation and Sustainable Development Project, sent the following information through today, advising of the untimely death of a highly-regarded member of the Murung Raya community.
Rob Harris, Fauna & Flora International’s Projects Officer for Asia-Pacific, on his recent sponsored bicycle ride, complete with his trademark fancy dress costume
Poachers receive small fine for spearing of blackback in Bwindi National Park, Uganda
Irish flute manufacturer Martin Doyle launches the world’s first sustainable wooden flute
Thalia Liokatis, Fauna & Flora International’s Programme Coordinator for the Democratic Republic of Congo, blogs about her recent return to her country of birth.
The numerous hydro-electric dams planned for the Cardamom Mountains have been troubling Fauna & Flora International in Cambodia for many years. A recent opportunity to visit the dam construction on the Stung Atay (the Atay River) allowed Dr Stephen Browne, Asia Pacific Senior Programme Manager to experience the multi-faceted issues first hand.
Conservation Leadership Programme team helps put out fire in Bengal tiger territory
Fauna & Flora International support campaign to keep Fund running
Fauna & Flora International’s Ally Catterick headed into the forests of Kalimantan to see what all the noise was about…
Agreement reached to conserve the threatened Tonkin snub-nosed monkey
Nicaragua's volcanic island of Ometepe to establish seven wildlife corridors
With the heat turned up on the voluntary carbon market, Zoe Ryan blogs about the huge implications of the auditing process of the Danau Siawan peat swamp forest REDD project in Kalimantan...
Investment from International Finance Corporation and Global Forest Partners set to enable large scale REDD projects
Fauna & Flora International’s Rio Tinto Partnership Manager David Wright recalls his recent trip to help Namibia find the balance between conservation and mining.
Conservation project poised to help wild population of threatened turtles and improve livelihoods for local communities
Fauna & Flora International helps to find long-term solutions to the conflict between iron mining and biodiversity protection in the remote mountain range that straddles Liberia, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire.
Fauna & Flora International’s Agribusiness Programme Manager Anna Lyons ponders the main challenges the organisation faces when it comes to palm oil and how we are overcoming them.
Lao PDR further commits to protecting globally important biodiversity by launching a national action plan
In several respects, the status of gibbons in Vietnam is an indicator of the general status of the nation’s biodiversity and the natural environment. The geography of Vietnam lends itself to the high level of biodiversity for which it is known. The distribution of its six gibbon species also reflects the countries diversity – with the primates found from the most northerly sub-tropical forests that experience cold winters at high altitudes, to tropical monsoon lowland forests in the south. Quick…
With the annual UNESCO World Heritage Commission meeting coming to a close, Fauna & Flora International’s Pippa Howard reflects on the need for better conservation of these globally important, supposedly protected areas.
Fauna & Flora International staff honoured at National Geographic Emerging Explorer presentation
Fauna & Flora International's Asia Pacific Regional Director, Tony Whitten, blogs from the 35th World Heritage Committee meeting in Paris...
Fauna & Flora International is playing an active role in the debate around biofuels and what the biofuels industry means for wildlife and landscapes.
Paul Hotham, Fauna & Flora International's Eurasia Regional Director, reveals the truth behind the myth of this beautiful region of Romania...
Tragic news of the death of a mountain gorilla in Ugandan National Park
Fauna & Flora International's Dr Chris Greenwood responds to Channel 4's 'Conservation's Dirty Secrets' programme
Ceremony to emphasise community development for long-term conservation
Fauna & Flora International's Director of Development & Communications, Dr Chris Greenwood, tried for an apple a day, but failed dismally, on a recent trip to Kyrgyzstan.
Kerinci Seblat road construction opposition grows as NGO coalition urge government to improve and maintain existing network of roads
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) US warmly welcome our new Technical Director, Adam Henson who’s only been with us for a few weeks, but he hit the ground running with a visit to Belize, to see our work with on-ground partner Ya’axché Conservation Trust (Ya’axché). Here Adam blogs about the experience, and shares some insider information on the exquisite Maya Golden Landscape…
The health of the world’s oceans is receiving welcome attention this month, with World Oceans Day on June 8, and the proclamation of June as National Ocean Month in the US. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) joins its supporters and partners across the globe to celebrate our oceans. Recognizing the multitude of threats facing the world’s marine environments, FFI is intensifying our investment in marine conservation, redoubling efforts to protect key marine habitats, address critical marine policy issues, and focus…
Fauna & Flora International launches global campaign to raise awareness of endangered species
Swimming with sharks to benefit their future survival
Alex Diment, FFI's Capacity and Development Manager for Eurasia, blogs about a recent trip to the breathtakingly beautiful, yet often unexplored Tajikistan.
Through our National Conservation Training Program, with funding from DEFRA’s Darwin Initiative, Fauna & Flora International is investing in the future, and mentoring five postgraduate students to complete their research in important conservation issues. The students are all pursuing Masters Degrees, within the institutes affiliated with the Tajik National Academy of Sciences. Faridun Rahimov Conservation status of pheasant populations in Tajikistan Faridun is studying pheasants in Tajikistan, where they are on the very edge of their range. In addition, he…
In 1983 the Ugandan Government declared Lake Mburo National Park. Protecting the many species of plains game, including Uganda’s last impalas, and the rich mosaic of wooded hills, grassy valleys lakes and wetlands they roamed was important. Unfortunately, following the norms of the time, Bahima pastoralists and their unique long-horned cattle were evicted. Breaking the centuries’ old connection to the land turned the Bahima against the park and set in train a conflict that lasted for decades. The value of…
LIFE Nature honours Iberian lynx habitat protection programme in Portugal
Fauna & Flora International renews its partnership with mining company Anglo American to promote integration of biodiversity management throughout the business.
Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) Helen Nyul explains why it is vital for mining companies to address their dependencies and impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and FFI’s recommendations for how to go about it.
Flower Valley Conservation Trust initiative invited to world-famous Chelsea Flower Show
Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) Business & Biodiversity Director Pippa Howard explains why she feels strongly that companies can and must play a fundamental role as agents of sustainable development.
Fauna & Flora International’s Tuy Sereivathana honoured as an inspiring conservationist by National Geographic
Fauna & Flora International supports our on-ground partner Sociedade para Gestão e Desenvolvimento da Reserva do Niassa in the management of Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique - home to thousands of iconic African species including elephant, zebra, African wild dog and the apex predator, the lion.
Fauna & Flora International supports Selfridges Project Ocean retail event
Socheata Ke is the Research & Community Officer - Coastal & Marine Conservation Projects for Fauna & Flora International. Here she blogs on her recent trip to the UK which was both a chilly, yet warming experience...
Andy Byfield announced as winner of The Independent/Fauna & Flora International forest essay competition
First on record in Cambodia and the first reptile to be both discovered and formally described in a scientific journal by a Cambodian national.
FFI's Debbie Martyr talks tigers and road proposals through Kerinci Seblat National Park
Gareth Goldthorpe, Fauna & Flora International’s Project Field Coordinator in Georgia blogs about how an eight-month old orphaned bear cub spotted near the Georgian Republic and South Ossetia administrative boundary rallied a group of NGOs to ensure his safe rescue.
CLP announces its annual conservation awards.
Patrol under fire by planned militia ambush
Eight-month old male cub symbolic of conservation in the region
Pippa Howard describes a recent trip to Namibia’s uranium mines, the challenges facing the team as they work with mining companies to improve their biodiversity management, and developing a strategic approach to Fauna & Flora International’s engagement with what many see as controversial corporations and development objectives.
Population and habitat surveys set to aid understanding of Persian leopard
Conservation Partnerships Manager for Fauna & Flora International in Australia, Jody Gunn celebrates a successful partnership, in the truest sense of the word.
Birthday cake for seven year old siblings at Australia Zoo
Dr Tony Whitten, Fauna & Flora International's Regional Director Asia Pacific, blogs on one his favourite events on the conservation calendar, the Student Conference on Conservation Science.
World’s first FSC-certified clarinet to feature in concert
Research confirms human disease can pass to wild gorilla population
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) works with British American Tobacco (BAT) through the company’s Biodiversity Partnership. The Partnership is a collaboration between BAT, FFI, Tropical Biological Association and Earthwatch Institute. We have worked together since 2000 and entered into the Partnership’s third five-year term in 2011. We are working on protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes, specifically in tobacco-growing and mixed agricultural landscapes and the wider ecosystems on which they depend. Partnership objectives Embedding biodiversity assessment, management and…
What have school playgrounds, palm oil and tropical forests got in common?
Findings presented to Chinese and Vietnamese government officials
Largest number of snares seized in seven years
Adam Starr, Project Manager at Fauna & Flora International's Cambodian Crocodile Conservation Project wrestles with setting up a new home for more than a handful of highly endangered Siamese crocodiles.
Africa’s oldest national park – and one of the most biodiverse areas in the continent - is given a reprieve by DRC government.
We think of our oceans – the lifeblood of this blue planet – as a vast and unknown wilderness.
However, if you peek beneath the waves the oceans are no longer pristine. Instead the evidence of man’s impact on oceans and their life is immediately obvious. From the bleached corals to the floating litter, from the decimated fish populations to ravaged seabeds, mankind’s impacts are reaching wider and deeper into our marine environment.
Putting a value on sustainability in business
First study on orang-utan survival in human altered habitat in Indonesia
Iep Diah is Fauna & Flora International’s Human Wildlife Conflict Coordinator in Aceh, Indonesia. To celebrate International Women’s Day, she talks about her job which involves working with some of Aceh’s toughest men; ex-combatants, loggers and poachers.
Malagasy 'tree monitors' saving the iconic baobab of Madagascar.
Fauna & Flora International announce essay writing competition in The Independent newspaper
Poacher caught with precious tiger skins and deer antlers in Sumatra.
Matt Maltby, Projects Officer at Fauna & Flora International’s Cambodia Programme talks about elephants, mating and the challenges of day-to-day conservation in Cambodia.
Rebecca Foges, Fauna & Flora International’s Communications Officer, describes her unexpected encounters visiting an FFI project in the jungles of Borneo.
Good news for Rwanda with three new baby gorillas
The Vietnamese EcoBoat educates children while they explore caves and beaches and meet local people living in Ha Long Bay.
Another ranger killed in Virunga National Park
Rangers and soldiers killed protecting Democratic Republic of Congo's famous gorilla park
A UK clarinet manufacturer announced today that their wood is FSC-certified, sourced from the Mpingo forests of Tanzania.
Harpy Eagle's return from 'extinction' to Belize.
The small Nicaraguan community of Astillero on the southern Pacific Coast is celebrating their successs in protecting precious, endangered turtles.
Dr Tony Whitten has recently joined Fauna & Flora International (FFI) after many years as Senior Biodiversity Specialist at the World Bank where his exploits are described in his popular blog.
Carolyn Causton offers her own perspective on fundraising for conservation.
Great gains for conservation have been made since Fauna & Flora International (FFI) first began working on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. An island of dazzling diversity Formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua, linked by a low strip of wetland, Ometepe is one of the largest freshwater islands in the world. Within its 276km2 there is a dramatic range of altitude, topography and climate, creating a mosaic of habitats representing the majority of the country’s ecosystems. Ometepe’s humid and cloud…
Pippa Howard highlights a joint initiative to encourage cross-border environmental management in West Africa’s Nimba Mountains.
The project is part of Fauna & Flora International’s Business & Biodiversity Programme and is run in collaboration with in-country teams in Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire and Guinea, along with many other local, national and regional organisations.
Fauna & Flora International is set to receive a substantial donation of £200,000 from ICAP (the world’s premier interdealer broker and provider of post trade risk and information services).
The Conservation Leadership Programme is a partnership between BirdLife International, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International and FFI.
Overwhelming support from wildlife lovers results in FFI hitting its £40,000 target on the first day of the challenge
Fauna & Flora International's Portuguese partner brings together wide range of sectors to promote lynx conservation.
Numbers of critically endangered primate up in Virunga mountains region
A young supporter has raised money for FFI’s rhino work by walking 16 and a half miles through the Buckinghamshire countryside.
Jeanne McKay sheds light on an innovative project in West Sumatra. The initiative harnesses environmental principles in Islam to encourage forest conservation.
A new species of carnivorous pitcher plant has been found by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in Cambodia’s remote Cardamom Mountains.
Who is Flower Valley Conservation Trust? Flower Valley Conservation Trust operates in the heart of the threatened Cape Floral Kingdom, South Africa. In 1999, Flower Valley farm, found close to the most southerly tip of Africa where the Trust is based, was threatened by plans to plant vineyards. That would have led to many hectares of invaluable fynbos, the local indigenous vegetation, being lost. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) intervened – and with the help of the Arcadia Fund, bought…
Recognition for the Executive Director of Belizean organisation, Ya’axché Conservation Trust.
Thank you to everyone who supported FFI through this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge! This was Fauna & Flora International’s sixth Big Give Christmas Challenge, and in keeping with the previous five – this year was our most successful yet. Over the three days of the Challenge our supporters donated an astonishing £86,275 – that’s incredible and we are so grateful to everyone who took part. With the matched funds, and the Gift Aid, FFI will benefit from over £177,000.…
Fauna & Flora International announces ten-fold increase in Antiguan racer snake population, thanks to our work with local and international partners.
Within the Great Sandy Biosphere, between Fraser Island and the mainland of south east Queensland, lies the Great Sandy Strait. These coastal sandy habitats support species such as resident and migratory turtles and shorebirds, dugongs, and humpback whales. A little further south in the Great Sandy Marine Park, the critically endangered grey nurse shark can be found. However, pressure from fishing, unsympathetic tourist activity and the degradation of coastal habitats is putting the species that rely on these ecosystems at…
Fauna & Flora International in the United States (known as FFI, Inc.) is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In 2003, Katie Frohardt was recruited as its first Executive Director, and since then, FFI, Inc. has built a strong track record of success, providing critical technical and financial support to the organization’s flagship projects – a subset of endangered species and habitat priorities globally – while keeping US infrastructure small. This focused approach has produced tangible conservation results on the ground.…
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Aldrin Mallari writes about Fauna & Flora International's work to protect forests in Quezon Province with the Agta-Dumagat indigenous group
The University of Cambridge welcomed the first 12 students to its new Masters in Conservation Leadership, launched in October 2010. This programme aims to equip future conservation leaders with the strategic skills they need for effective action to halt global losses in biodiversity.
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Many of the hallmarks of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) are stamped on one of the Caribbean’s longest running conservation initiatives, including championing ‘lower’ species, being innovative and responding to locally-identified needs. This programme dates back to 1995, when an Antiguan forester and naturalist, Kevel Lindsay, asked FFI to investigate the endemic Antiguan racer. This little snake had been rediscovered on one of Antigua’s cays, but, like many Caribbean species, almost nothing was known of its status or needs. Great…
Anguilla is one of the most northerly states in the Lesser Antilles and a British Overseas Territory. Its 13,500 people inhabit the main island of Anguilla, a low strip of land 26 km long and 5 km wide at its widest point. This island has been heavily impacted by agriculture and, more recently, the clearance of its dry forests for luxury residential and tourism development. Anguilla is surrounded by some 50 km2 of coral reefs, many of which are still…
Please help us convince governments to reroute the highway planned for Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.
Rwanda is a small, landlocked highland country in central Africa, famous for its mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei). The gorillas inhabit the Virungas, a spectacular range of volcanoes straddling the borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. In addition to Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda has two other significant protected areas: Nyungwe National Park in the south-west and Akagera National Park in the east of the country. Nyungwe National Park is the largest contiguous block of ancient montane forest in…
Uganda is a landlocked country in east-central Africa, full of mountains, rivers, lakes and forests, all drenched in abundant rainfall. Winston Churchill famously waxed lyrical about it, saying “…for magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life – plant, bird, insect, reptile, and beast – for the vast scale… Uganda is truly the ‘Pearl of Africa’”. Bordered in the south by Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, Uganda contains the fabled “Mountains of the Moon”…
Though less than 616 km2 in area, the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is exceptionally rich in animals and plants. More than 200 species occur nowhere else, including 7 per cent of the resident birds and an incredible 53 per cent of the reptiles. The nation’s best known species is the gorgeous but endangered Saint Lucia amazon parrot. Other species of conservation concern include the pencil cedar, staghorn coral and Saint Lucia racer. The racer, confined to the 12-hectare Maria…
The unsustainable production and expansion of palm oil poses a major threat to the world’s tropical forests and peat lands. Over 85% of palm oil is grown in Indonesia and Malaysia, where the industry has been criticised for damaging the environment. Rainforests rich in biodiversity, including the habitat of the iconic and endangered orang-utan, have been lost. Peat lands, which store vast amounts of carbon, have been severely degraded contributing significantly to global greenhouse gas emissions. The global demand for…
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Rio Tinto have worked successfully in partnership since 2003. Our collaboration strives to integrate best practice management of biodiversity and ecosystem services into Rio Tinto’s decision making processes. This work continually pushes the boundaries of mining best practice through pioneering initiatives for maintaining healthy functioning ecosystems and sustainable livelihoods. Benefits on both sides Together, FFI and Rio Tinto seek to develop new approaches to biodiversity conservation within the corporate sector. These approaches work across…
Fauna & Flora International leads gibbon experts in call to action for world’s least known apes.
Fauna & Flora International is pleased to hear about the news of Mongolia joining the international saiga conservation strategy.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is one of the few international conservation NGOs operating in Tajikistan. Bordering Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China, Tajikistan is recognised as a key part of the ‘Mountains of Central Asia’ Biodiversity Hotspot. The mountains of Tajikistan cover 93 per cent of its land area and harbour an astonishing number of plant and animal species, including the Marco Polo sheep, endangered snow leopard and Siberian ibex. Its breathtaking landscapes include snowcapped peaks and wild fruit and…
Romania is home to a huge variety of habitats – from the Danube Delta, a World Heritage Site, to virgin forests. It contains vast expanses of natural and semi-natural ecosystems and has one of the largest areas of undisturbed forest in Europe. Grasslands, subterranean caves and an extensive river network add to the richness of the country’s park system. Protecting natural treasures However Romania faces a huge challenge to protect these natural treasures in the face of increasing economic growth…
Answer The Call Mobile Phone Recycling Programme Gorillas are on the brink of extinction, partly because their habitat and family groups are being destroyed by the mining of coltan, a mineral needed to make mobile phones and other electronic devices. Send your phone in now Download and print out a label to send your phone in for free now! Together, Australia Zoo and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) have developed Answer The Call, a programme designed to help you help…
Fauna & Flora International Australia is supported by various companies, individuals, partner NGOs and Australian zoos. Some of the projects currently being supported are: Humane Society International supports the International Gorilla Conservation Programme Since 1991 Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been working in partnership with WWF and the three Protected Area Authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda through the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) to conserve the Critically Endangered mountain gorilla and its habitat.…
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The mysterious grey wolf once roamed freely across the wilderness areas of the northern hemisphere. More recently, however, it is seen less and less frequently with local extinctions occurring across Western Europe. Today, thankfully, numbers appear to be more stable. Historically the wolf has been vilified by almost every culture with which it has come into contact; from the story of Little Red Riding Hood that dominates children’s stories in the West to the shape-shifting werewolf, or spectre wolf, that…
These solitary, mostly carnivorous marine turtles prefer the open ocean and migrate hundreds or even thousands of miles every year. Olive ridley turtles only come together for the arribada, when females return to the beach, nest and lay up to one hundred eggs, between June and December. Olive ridley turtle facts: Olive ridley turtles are named for the generally greenish colour of their skin and shell, or carapace They are closely related to the Kemp’s ridley, with the main difference…
The Lansan tree is endemic to the West Indian islands of Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent. The total world population is unknown, but surveys in 2009 found lansan trees are still locally common in the lower montane rainforests of Saint Lucia. Martinique, on the other hand, is reported to have fewer than 50 individuals left. Lansan tree facts: The tree takes its English name from the French word ‘l’incense’, or ‘l’encens’ in Creole Lansan resin is prized…
We thought they had vanished but today hawksbill turtles can be found swimming throughout the tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. They are known as travellers and move long distances from their feeding sites to nesting grounds. Hawksbill turtle facts: They are the only species of marine turtle that have a brilliantly coloured shell, also known as tortoise shell Hawksbill turtles have a pointy beak and a narrow head, perfect for finding food, which is often located in…
Fauna & Flora International joins other Cambridge-based organizations in calling for biodiversity to recognised as a public good.
Kazakhstan is a huge country in Central Asia with a wealth of landscapes and biodiversity. These vary from Siberian Altai in the north-east of teh country to desert and mountains in the south-east. Rapid economic development is helping to reduce poverty in Kazakhstan. Protection of the environment is now more important than ever for the stewardship of Kazakhstan’s rich natural assets such as the unique saiga antelope and stunning montane forests. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working on the…
Biodiversity is one of the criteria considered crucial to the company’s environmental performance. The FFI partnership has made a significant contribution to eni’s high score in the DJSI biodiversity performance.
The white-whiskered spider monkey is found in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. Living in the tree canopy and feeding mainly on fruit these acrobats of the forest are classified as Endangered by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Little is known about this spider monkey, which is unique to Brazil and found nowhere else in the world. White-whiskered spider monkey facts: It is a large, slender monkey with long, spider-like limbs It has a long, prehensile tail that acts like a fifth limb…
The elusive jaguar, the largest cat in the western hemisphere, once roamed from south-western America through the Amazon Basin and into Argentina. Today it has been eliminated from much of its range. The jaguar has a strong association with the water and is found in a variety of habitats from rainforest to swamp areas, grasslands and dry deciduous forest. Jaguar facts: Derived from the Native American word yaguar, jaguar means “he who kills with one leap” Jaguars live alone and…
Poaching in the 1970s and 80s decimated black rhinoceros populations across Africa, with numbers plummeting from 100,000 to 4,000. Today black rhinos are found in habitats ranging from desert in south-western Africa to the montane forests of Kenya. The eastern black rhino is one of the most endangered rhino subspecies in the world with only around 700 individuals remaining. Black rhino facts: There are four different types, or subspecies, of black rhino living in different areas across Africa One of…
REDD+ refers to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation; the ‘plus’ goes beyond the basic structure of REDD to include forest conservation, the sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. REDD+ offers financial incentives for developing countries to reduce carbon emissions from forests. Between 15-25% of global carbon emissions are attributed to deforestation – a significant contribution to climate change. Essentially, REDD+ gives standing forests a dollar value according to the amount of carbon they contain…
Cambodia is biologically one of the richest countries yet least known countries in the world. Following the dismantling of the science and education sectors during the Pol Pot era, this nation’s ability to manage its natural wealth has been severely hampered by a lack of skilled people and biological information.
This strange yet magnificent tree is only found on the island of Madagascar. Of the eight species of baobab, six can be found only in Madagascar. Grandidier’s baobab once grew in dry, deciduous forest but today exists in open, agricultural or degraded land. Grandidier’s baobab facts: Known as the ‘upside down’ tree it has a huge cylindrical trunk that can grow up to three metres across and is covered with smooth, reddish-grey bark Sometimes baobabs will mysteriously re-grow after being…
The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) is a partnership of four conservation organisations – BirdLife International, Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Cork oak forests are found in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and northern Africa. Cork oak is an evergreen tree, can grow to 20 metres in height and has thick, deeply ridged bark that is harvested as cork. Interestingly this does not damage the tree as the bark renews itself. So it’s a perfect example of a truly sustainable natural resource. Cork oak facts: The Romans used cork oak for buoys in fishing nets after they discovered the bark could float…
The mpingo tree is one of Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) longstanding flagship tree species. Its dense black wood, which gives the tree its other name, the African blackwood, is in demand for making professional musical instruments. Mpingo trees can be found across 26 African countries, from northern Ethiopia, to Angola in the south and from Senegal in the west to Tanzania in the east. Mpingo facts: Has the ability to survive fires that sweep through grasslands destroying other vegetation…
At one time orang-utans ranged throughout much of Asia, from Java in the south, up into southern China. Today they are found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Within Borneo their range is limited to remote forests and protected areas and they are absent from large areas of the island. Bornean orang-utan facts: The orang-utan is Asia’s only great ape Fruit makes up the bulk of an orang-utan’s diet, however other items include leaves, flowers, pith, fungi, honey,…
The leatherback turtle is the oldest and largest turtle living in our oceans and is an important part of our ecosystem. Leatherback turtles can be found in tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea. Leatherback turtle facts: Leatherbacks can grow to 7 feet (2 metres) and weigh more than 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) They can trace their evolutionary roots back more than 100 million years, to before dinosaurs walked the…
The eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri – also known as Grauer’s gorilla), is found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The species is confined to the primary tropical forest of eastern DRC and most notably, Kahuzi-Biega National Park. The population of eastern lowland gorilla has seen the most dramatic drop in numbers of all the gorillas, from 17,000 in 1994 to between 2,000 – 5,000 in just ten years. Eastern lowland gorilla facts: They are largely herbivorous…
The western lowland gorilla is found in the lowland tropical forests and swamp forests of Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. These Critically Endangered gorillas are threatened by commercial hunting, deforestation and the Ebola virus. Western lowland gorilla facts: Western lowland gorillas are closely related to the Cross River gorilla, Gorilla gorilla diehli They eat mainly fruit (when in season, less so during the dry season) but also leaves and shoots. They…
With an estimated 280 individuals left in the world, the Critically Endangered Cross River gorilla is Africa’s most threatened great ape. Living in the highlands of Cameroon on the border with Nigeria, they have been hunted for years by local residents, making them very wary of humans. Fauna & Flora International has worked with local communities near the gorilla’s habitat to instill a sense of pride in their native species. This has paid off, and it is now almost a…
Flying fox bats have a wide distribution from Australia and south-east Asia to the western Indian Ocean, but surprisingly are not found on mainland Africa. Two species are recorded on Tanzania’s offshore islands. Pemba Island, 40km off the Tanzanian coast is home to the Pemba flying fox, which was first described in 1909. This species is distinctive for its bright chestnut-orange fur. It feeds mainly on fruit, but may also consume nectar, pollen and leaves. Pemba flying fox facts: Pemba…
Tanzania is a large country in East Africa bordering the Indian Ocean and well known for its iconic wildlife, national parks, and World Heritage Sites. The presence of the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro and one of the largest protected areas in the world, the Selous Game Reserve all prove Tanzania’s importance in the global conservation arena. Six Endemic Bird Areas have been identified in Tanzania, the most identified in any African country. This is thought…
The unusual and mysterious Tonkin snub-nosed monkey is one of the 25 most endangered species of primate in the world. It is only found in Vietnam and was believed extinct until its rediscovery in the early 1990s. In May 2002, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) discovered a vitally important population in a small patch of limestone forest known as Khau Ca, in Ha Giang Province. Tonkin snub-nosed monkey facts: It is believed there are fewer than 200 Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys…
The western black crested gibbon is one of the most threatened primates in the world and a target species of the primate conservation work of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in the Asia-Pacific region. This species is listed as globally Critically Endangered, with fewer than 1,400 individuals remaining in the world, most of which are in Yunnan Province in China, while small populations remain in north-western Vietnam and north-western Laos. It is one of the most northerly gibbon species with…
The Hainan gibbon is the world’s rarest ape, with around 20 individuals in two family groups living on Hainan Island just off the coast of southern China. Hainan gibbon facts: The two family groups are among the largest gibbon groups known. Usually gibbon groups comprise one male and one female who bond for life, along with one or two offspring. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been implementing an environmental education programme among local schools for several years to raise…
The Natural Value Initiative (NVI) aims to help financial institutions better understand and address the biodiversity impacts and associated risks of the financial services they provide. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) leads the partnership which includes the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), Nyenrode Business School, and the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development. The NVI has also collaborated with a number of investors including Aviva Investors and F&C Investments. To date, the NVI has created a…
Located in West Africa, the Republic of Guinea is one of the three countries in Africa known as Guinea. The country’s 10 million people share their home with an impressive array of wildlife and plant species. The country is the source of 22 West African rivers, including the Niger, Gambia, and Senegal Rivers. Protecting the forests that act as watersheds for these rivers is crucial for the health of wildlife and humans alike. The south of Guinea contains important remnants…
Ecosystem goods and services, sustained by biodiversity, play an important role in supporting a range of economic, social and cultural rights, including rights to food, health, water and an adequate standard of living, as well as freedom to pursue cultural practices.
Many poor and vulnerable people in developing countries depend directly on natural resources and healthy ecosystems, and this dependence can be increased during and after crises. Healthy ecosystems also increase resilience to natural disaster.
Fauna & Flora International works with communities to break the cycle of fires that threatens the Amazon rainforest.
There are around 500 Sumatran tigers existing in the wild. Smallest of all the tigers, its stripes are narrower than in other tiger subspecies and it has a more bearded and maned appearance. Sumatran tiger facts: They are generally very shy and seek to avoid people Sumatran tigers hunt wild boar and deer species but will take other prey opportunistically Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the tiger subspecies and can weigh up to 140kg Kerinci Seblat National Park and…
The radiant cao vit gibbon (Nomascus nasutus), also known as the eastern black crested gibbon, is the rarest ape in the world after its closest relative the Hainan gibbon. It is only known from one patch of forest on the China-Vietnam border where an Fauna & Flora International (FFI) survey team rediscovered it in 2002. Recent surveys have recorded about 110 individuals. FFI’s country programmes in China and Vietnam are working together to protect this population on both sides of…
Madagascar is one of the world’s treasure houses of biodiversity. Its charismatic lemurs are the most famous denizens, but many other curious creatures inhabit this large island off the coast of Africa. The vast majority of its species of fauna and flora are endemic to the island. Much of Madagscar’s wildlife is under threat from conversion of their habitats, particularly humid forest. The severe poverty that blights the island’s communities is causing serious damage to its environment. Less than 3…
Kenya retains a remarkable variety of globally important and locally valuable flagship species and habitats. These include savannah rangelands and forests, and critical habitats in the coastal and marine environment. Unfortunately, habitat loss is a major problem for Kenya’s wildlife. Many of the megafauna, such as lions or rhinos, are losing the large areas of habitat they need. Hunting is another issue, whether it is due to conflict with humans, poaching for the wildlife trade or for food. Fauna & Flora…
Myanmar, the second largest country in mainland Southeast Asia, is home to a wealth of biodiversity. The country still harbours large tracts of forest and many charismatic and unique species such as the red panda and the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey. The latter was only discovered in 2010 by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and partners. In stark contrast to the country’s biological riches, over two thirds of the country’s human population currently live below the poverty line and depend on…
The Philippine archipelago is one of the most important global centres of biological diversity. Many of its species can only found there, such as the Philippines tube-nosed fruit bat and the Visayan warty pig. Sadly, The Philippines is ranked as having the most severely endangered endemic wildlife in the world. Its forest are being lost and degraded at an astonishing rate. This habitat loss is also responsible for the increasing number and severity of floods and droughts in the country,…
Indonesia is unquestionably one of the world’s top biodiversity rich countries and thus a priority for global conservation. The Indonesian archipelago’s 17,000 islands are home to roughly 12% of the world’s mammals, 16% of the world’s reptiles and amphibians, 17% of the world’s birds and 25% of global fish populations. Yet this biodiversity faces a myriad of threats including logging and palm oil plantation expansion. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) established a formal country programme in Indonesia in 1996 with…
Australia supports almost 10% of the biological diversity on Earth, making it one of the world’s 17 ‘megadiverse’ countries. The species found in Australia are unique, with 80% of mammals, reptiles and flowering plants found nowhere else in the world, including the spotted tail quoll and the bunya pine. Its marine life is equally as diverse, supporting the world’s largest area of coral reef, the highest mangrove species diversity and the highest diversity of temperate seagrass. Such habitats support critical…
The northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) has been the star of one of the world’s most dramatic rescues. In December 2009 the last four breeding individuals were flown from Dvur Kralove Zoo in the Czech Republic to Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was a key instigator in this last chance to save the subspecies from extinction. It hadn’t been seen in the wild for years and the last eight individuals in zoos weren’t breeding. We’re…
The Asian elephant historically roamed from Iran to Indonesia and China but now only remains in highly fragmented populations across 13 countries. Global population estimates are of between 40,000 – 50,000, but a lack of reliable up-to-data suggests that this figure could actually be much lower, with possibly only 30,000 animals remaining in the wild. Asian Elephant facts: Threatened by habitat loss, hunting and conflict with human populations Asian elephant are smaller and have smaller ears than African elephants Female…
Vietnam was blessed with very rich biodiversity, largely on account of its wide range of latitudes. From north to south it stretches over 1,600 km long. It features two World Natural Heritage sites, Halong Bay and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, and six World biosphere reserves. At the same time, the human population is burgeoning – it currently stands at 86 million people. The country is also undergoing extremely rapid growth, which is drawing on its natural resources like timber,…
China is a vast country with a gloriously rich array of plants and animals. Its habitats vary from tropical rainforest, to temperate forest, to upland grassland, to the Gobi desert. The rapid economic development of China in the past 30 years has wreaked havoc on its environment. Many habitats are fragile and vulnerable to mining, infrastructure, tourism and dam construction. Many species can only be found in China. Species such as the cao vit gibbon and the big tree rhododendron…
Nicaragua is one of the largest counties in Central America and has a diverse and beautiful landscape. It is known for its volcanoes, the Rio Coco, and the largest lakes on the continent Lake Nicaragua and Lake Managua, as well as its breathtaking marine life. The country is blessed with seven different types of forest, from the subtropical dry forest to tropical rain forest and tree savannas. Each of these forested regions contains its own unique collection of plants, animal…
Ecuador is a small South American country, the size of New Zealand. Despite this, it houses one of the most fantastic arrays of landscapes, habitats and species on the planet. Straddled by the equator and the Andean mountain chain and bordering the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador encompasses four distinct regions each with its own natural and cultural beauty, charm and value. The coastal region is a mixed bag of beaches, bays and small islands where intermittent mangroves and lush jungles hug…
Brazil is a country of superlatives. 20 per cent of the planet’s fresh water. One third of all species. The largest wetlands on Earth. Five different terrestrial biomes, from open fields, wetlands, dry woodlands, savannas, to the outstanding Amazon and Atlantic rain forests. 3.5 million km2 of marine areas. Sadly, the conservation challenges are also superlatives. Nearly 200 million people live in Brazil, most of them in big cities along the Atlantic coast. This has caused high rates of habitat…
The Central American country of Belize packs a big punch for its size. Despite being less than 20,000 km2, its diversity of plants and animals holds global significance. This is partly due to almost 60 per cent of the country being forested – an unusual trait for this region. The Maya Golden Landscape, in Toledo District in southern Belize, forms one of Central America’s last unbroken stretches of broadleaf forest. The forests extend all the way from the Maya Mountains in…
The sight of a 50-strong pack of African wild dogs in action has to be one of the most wonderful and exhilarating spectacles on the vast African savannah. Wild dogs are renowned for their strong family bonds, and anyone lucky enough to witness their interaction with a new litter of pups cannot fail to be struck by their collective devotion. Peaceful and co-operative within their family groups, they look after their young and sick and depend on each other for…
Mozambique is a vast country covering over 800,000 km2 in south-eastern Africa bordering the Indian Ocean. It shares Lake Niassa (Lake Malawi) with neighbouring Malawi. The lake is thought to harbour over 600 endemic species of fish, primarily cichlids. Biodiversity is also high along the coast and in the mountains in the north and east of the country. New species are continually being discovered in Mozambique, which shows how diverse and understudied it is. A Fauna & Flora International (FFI)…
The saiga antelope is superbly adapted to the harsh conditions of the grass and semi-desert steppes of Central Asia, which are among the last remaining wilderness areas in Eurasia. This unique looking antelope lives in large nomadic herds but unfortunately their numbers are dropping and they are now considered Critically Endangered. Saiga facts: The saiga can travel many kilometres a day and has no fixed home range The species became extinct in China in the 1960s Its nose has an…
Romania retains a high proportion of natural ecosystems. Almost half of its land area covered with natural and semi-natural landscapes, including one of the largest remaining areas of undisturbed forest in Europe. The quality of the Romanian forest ecosystems is demonstrated by the presence of the full range of European forest fauna. The country supports half of Europe’s brown bears and 30 per cent of Europe’s wolves. Major grasslands, caves and an extensive network of rivers, including a significant part…
Tajikistan is a mountainous, landlocked country with rich landscape, wildlife and culture. Its biological richness is equivalent to nearby countries 20 times its size, with a wonderfully diverse array of fauna and flora, including a globally significant population of snow leopard. The country is recognized as a part of the ‘Mountains of Central Asia’ Biodiversity Hotspot. However its natural heritage is under severe threat from habitat fragmentation and degradation. 90 per cent of the forests have disappeared in the past…
Dubbed the ‘world’s rarest snake’ in 1995, when only 50 individuals remained, the Antiguan racer has been making a steady comeback with Fauna & Flora International’s (FFI’s) help. Antiguan racers used to be the top predators throughout Antigua until Asian mongooses were released by British plantation owners in the 1890s, which wiped out most of the snakes. The species was declared extinct in the 1930s, but a few survived on Great Bird Island, an 8.4 hectare cay that had luckily…
The Antiguan racer is endemic to Antigua and Barbuda and was abundant until Asian mongooses, Herpestes javanicus, were introduced in the 19th century. The mongooses hunted many native birds, reptiles and amphibians to extinction and reduced the snake population to only 50 individuals on the 8.4-hectare Great Bird Island. The Antiguan racer had thus become the rarest snake in the world. To save these harmless reptiles from extinction, the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project was formed by a partnership of organisations…
Fauna & Flora International alerts those concerned about marine protection to New South Wales proposed moratorium on new marine parks.
The term ‘capacity development’ is not easy to get your head around, but when you boil it down it is all about people and the process of improving the effectiveness of what we do. People are both the driving force behind biodiversity loss and the reason for protecting it. It is no surprise then that harnessing human potential is fundamental to conserving our remaining biodiversity. Long-term conservation success depends on developing a network of committed individuals and institutions that are…
The Global Trees Campaign, a joint initiative between Fauna & Flora International and Botanic Gardens Conservation International, is the only international campaign working dedicated to conserving threatened trees. It exists to secure the future of the world’s threatened tree species and their benefits for humans and the wider environment.
As Liberia recovers from years of conflict, war-torn communities are slowly returning to their ancestral lands and Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is helping them to secure sustainable livelihoods. This country is home to large sections of Upper Guinean Forest. This globally important lowland rainforest region is rich in endemic and rare species. Diana monkeys, chimpanzees and other endangered species rely on this forest for their survival. Sadly, it is at risk from extreme and immediate threats, such as slash-and-burn…
Mark Joiner raises over AUS$70,000 for Fauna & Flora International by cycling across US state.
The Rapid Response Facility (RRF) is an emergency small grant programme that provides rapid support to sites of global biodiversity importance during times of crisis, with a particular focus on UNESCO natural World Heritage sites.
The Flagship Species Fund (FSF) was launched in 2001 as a joint initiative between Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Since then, the partnership has contributed to the conservation of many threatened plant and animal species across the globe. However, after 14 years of highly successful partnership, Defra and FFI regret to announce that we have decided to bring the fund to a close this year. This decision has…
The ceiba tree is one of the largest trees in Belize’s Golden Stream Watershed ecosystem. Though not listed on the IUCN Red List, it is a vital component of the ecosystem and has an iconic status in the region’s communities. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working with the grassroots organisation Ya’axché Conservation Trust to protect the ceiba’s forest habitat by working with local people. The habitat is home to jaguar, tapir and many other threatened species. Ceiba tree facts…
South Africa’s landscape is one of the most diverse in the world. Its Cape Floral Kingdom (or the Cape Floristic Region), is one of only six floral kingdoms in the world. The ecosystem supports 9,600 recorded plant species. 70 per cent of them are found nowhere else on the planet. Many of the critical habitats of the Cape Flora (including lowland Fynbos, succulent Karoo and Renosterveld) are severely threatened by human development pressures on land. Ploughing of land for agriculture (arable, dairy farms)…
Cambodia is one of the most biodiverse countries in South East Asia. Its forests harbour many threatened species that have disappeared from neighbouring countries. The Siamese crocodile and Asian elephant still survive in the country’s lush forest refuges. As Cambodia’s economy is developing, once inaccessible forest areas now face multiple threats from logging, mining, poaching and agricultural encroachment. The main challenge for the Royal Government of Cambodia is to balance the needs of economic development with sustainable natural resource use.…
Kyrgyzstan is a country blessed with beautiful wild landscapes, exceptional wildlife, a rich culture and a deeply generous and hospitable people. Their traditions are founded on the principles of co-existence with nature and a deep respect for the land. However this is also a country of change and of economic extremes, where the modest successes of market reforms in the capital city Bishkek contrast starkly with the crippling poverty in rural areas. This poverty is forcing local people to use…
Nestled within the Caucasus eco-region, Georgia has a diverse array of habitats and wildlife. The country is afforded relative isolation by both mountain and sea but located at the convergence point of three major bio-geographical regions (Europe, Asia and the Middle East) the country has numerous unique and endemic species. The country is home to many large carnivores, such as bears, wolves and even leopard! Given the traditional shepherd lifestyle of many rural people, these predators are perceived as threats…
This Caribbean nation is often referred to as a ‘twin island state’, because most of its 85,000 people inhabit the main islands of Antigua and Barbuda. In fact, this is an archipelago of dozens of islands, surrounded by 240 km2 of coral reefs. With “one beach for every day of the year”, the country attracts more than 700,000 visitors every year. Yet pockets of poverty still linger and most government agencies and nongovernmental organisations remain sorely under-funded and understaffed. The…
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the most important countries in Africa for biodiversity conservation. It has the highest number of species for almost all groups of organisms with the exception of plants in which it is second to South Africa. The DRC also harbours a number of spectacular endemic species like the okapi, Grauer’s gorilla, bonobo, and the Congo peacock. It possesses over 50% of Africa’s tropical forests. Dense forests and woodlands cover half of the…
The image of a tropical rainforest wouldn’t be complete without a gaggle of squawking parrots. The great green macaw is one of the larger and more colourful parrots in South and Central America’s forests. Sadly, as their habitat disappears, so do they. As little as 30% of its original range may remain. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working to save threatened Chocó rainforest in north-western Ecuador, one of the last places the bird survives in the country. Great green…
There are few animals on earth as strong as the mountain gorilla, or as fragile. Mountain gorillas, numbering approximately 880 total individuals, are found in only two locations on earth- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and the Virunga Massif (comprised of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, and Parc National de Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo). In 1991, Fauna & Flora International, in solidarity with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and the…
The highly charismatic Iberian lynx was once common throughout Spain and Portugal. The species has declined dramatically with the most recent reports indicating that there are fewer than 300 wild individuals left, mainly restricted to three isolated populations in southern Spain. The Iberian lynx is the most endangered cat species in the world. The decline in lynx populations is due to a number of factors including scarcity of prey, loss and fragmentation of its cork oak and maquis habitats, road…
Fauna & Flora International publishes 2010 issue of scientific journal on the country’s little-studied wildlife.
Portugal contains a wealth of unique ecosystems, including extensive cork oak forests and maquis shrublands. These areas represent important reservoirs for biodiversity in Europe, including many birds of prey. The habitats also play a vital role in supporting local culture and traditional lifestyles. For example, communities have harvested cork from the cork oak habitat for hundreds of years. Diverse habitats are also beneficial in the production of products such as honey, local cured meats and cheeses. The country’s wildlife is…
The mysterious snow leopard is a beautiful and charismatic animal, found in the remote mountainous regions of Central Asia. Protected by thick, smoky-grey fur, and capable of leaping thirty feet and taking prey three times its own weight, it is well adapted to the cold, harsh landscape. Snow leopard facts: Shy and well camouflaged, the snow leopard is very rarely seen and does not act aggressively towards humans They are solitary cats except when females are raising cubs Snow leopards…
FFI's academic journal releases papers on Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation.
Biodiversity is critical for effective forest carbon storage function in the long-term.
Fauna & Flora International publishes new report on important population of critically endangered primate.
The Cambodian Journal of Natural History, Cambodia’s first peer-reviewed scientific journal, was launched in 2008 by Fauna & Flora International and the Royal University of Phnom Penh as part of the University Capacity Building Project. Aimed at helping Cambodian scientists to share their findings and improve their writing skills, it addresses the critical need for information on the conservation status and management requirements of Cambodian biodiversity. The journal publishes original work by Cambodian and foreign scientists on all aspects of…
Central Asia holds an amazing array of ecosystems but one of the most fascinating is the ancient forests of fruit and nut trees. They are not only diverse habitats full of wildlife but they support local communities. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) works with in-country partners in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to promote the sustainable use and more effective protection of forest resources. We are helping government authorities, NGOs and local communities to work together to manage their valuable forests. Fruit…
Though “save the rainforest” slogans have been around for decades, our planet’s tropical forests are under more serious threat than ever. The Amazon is the largest rainforest on Earth and harbours a dazzling array of species. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is on the frontline of forest conservation in the southern edge of the Amazon in Brazil, where the forest is most threatened. Many people make the mistake of thinking all tropical rainforests are more or less the same; but…
Britain’s busiest gorilla took part in the London to Cambridge charity bike ride.
FFI is proud that its work documenting Turkey’s most botanically rich areas has now been published.
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The Conservationist’s Journal Oryx—The International Journal of Conservation, published quarterly by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Fauna & Flora International, is a leading scientific journal of biodiversity conservation, conservation policy and sustainable use, with a particular interest in material that has the potential to improve conservation management and practice. The website www.oryxthejournal.org plays a vital role in the journal’s capacity-building work. Amongst the site’s many attributes is a compendium of sources of free software for researchers and details of…
Established over a century ago, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world’s first international conservation organisation. The pioneering work of its founders in Africa led to the creation of numerous protected areas, including Kruger and Serengeti National Parks. FFI has always been a groundbreaker; it is renowned for its innovative, landmark programmes, many of which have come to be regarded as classic examples of conservation practice. 1960s The translocation of the Arabian oryx in 1962, and its successful reintroduction…
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Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is making a real difference to the planet’s biodiversity. By finding where we are needed most and forming successful partnerships, we have managed to save some of the world’s most beautiful, fascinating and threatened wildlife and ecosystems. In total FFI is directly influencing the conservation of over 13.5 million hectares of important conservation lands and sea. Our support for habitat protection around the world is helping to create safe havens where biodiversity can flourish. Here…
FFI is lucky to have a diverse range of experience and expertise within its ranks, people who dedicate themselves to conservation across the world. Here is a taste of some our team. Uncle Elephant – Tuy ‘Vathana’ Sereivathana Vathana has always had a deep respect for nature and a particular fascination with elephants. He has worked with FFI since 2003 firstly as a seconded government officer on elephant conservation then with the FFI Cambodia team as manager of the Cambodian…
Mountains act as a vital component of the global water cycle as their run-off feeds most of the world’s rivers. More than half of humanity depends on mountains for their water supply. 10 per cent of people live in mountainous regions. Undisturbed mountain biological diversity is high because of the range of climatic conditions and altitudes occurring over small areas. This diversity adds to the strength of mountain ecosystems. When vegetation is intact, the impacts of events such as landslides…
Over 70% of the Earth’s surface is water. Life in the seas evolved three billion years prior to life on land, giving rise to a variety of life unrivalled elsewhere. Currently there are over 250,000 marine species known to science, although it is recognised that the actual figure could be 10 times this number. Marine ecosystems provide us with essential resources and services, including food, minerals, oil, medicines, and recreation. They also play a critical role in the regulation of…
Grasslands cover more than 40 per cent of the Earth’s land area and are found in every region of the world. They can be natural ecosystems, maintained by grazing ungulates, or semi-natural, created by humans through livestock rearing and agricultural practices. Disturbances of fire, drought, grazing and frost prevent the establishment of forest and support a high diversity of plants and animals. Grasslands are essential for the livelihoods of millions of people. They provide forage for domestic livestock and sources…
Over the past one hundred years, habitat destruction and hunting have eradicated the Siamese crocodile from 99 per cent of its historical range throughout South East Asia. Only around 250 adult Siamese crocodiles remain in the wild, chiefly in the remotest highlands of Cambodia, particularly in the south-western Cardamom Mountains. Siamese crocodile facts: Wild Siamese crocodiles in Cambodia feed mostly on fish and snakes, but also crabs, insects, birds and small mammals There are no known records of Siamese crocodiles…
Around 880 mountain gorillas remain in the world today. Two isolated populations survive, one in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, south-western Uganda, and the other on the forested slopes of the Virunga volcanoes, straddling the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda. Mountain gorilla facts: Mountain gorillas have longer hair and shorter arms than their lowland cousins and tend to be a bit larger than other gorillas In 1902, the German explorer Oscar von Beringe became…
The small land-locked country of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) lies ensconced at the geographical centre of mainland south-east Asia. It borders China, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia, but lags far behind some of these countries economically and is still one of the poorest countries in Asia. On the other hand, Laos is beginning to experience rapid development. The early stage of its economic growth means it still has the opportunity to save significantly large swathes of forest and rich…
Located just 2° above the equator in Central Africa, Cameroon is among the richest countries in Africa in terms of biodiversity resources. Cameroon supports over 900 species of birds, over 300 mammals and many other stunning creatures. Its forests harbour not one but two subspecies of the western gorilla – the Cross River gorilla and the western lowland gorilla. It is often called ‘Africa in miniature’ because it exhibits all major climates and vegetation of the continent: coast, desert, mountains,…
Cambridge school becomes Friend Against Extinction.
FFI mourns the loss of a friend.
Fauna & Flora International facilitates plant survey which finds new type of plant in Sapo National Park.
Fauna & Flora International capacity building programme names 36 chosen projects from around the world.
Fauna & Flora International welcomes good news for the volcanic island on eve of World Environment Day.
Fauna & Flora International and NACRES facilitate best practice bear management methods.
Fauna & Flora International’s partner Ya’axché Conservation Trust protects crucial Central River watershed forest.
Clarinet players will soon have the choice of buying environmentally and socially sustainable instruments
Fauna & Flora International helps celebrate a quarter of a century of conservation.
Fauna & Flora International delighted with decision to protect world’s largest coral atoll.
Harnessing local cultural values to save endangered primates in Mt. Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
Species discovered in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains despite its amazing camouflage.
Fauna & Flora International has spotted a rare sight on Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island.
Usually found dressed as a gorilla for various publicity stunts in Cambridge, Fauna & Flora International's Rob Harris was lucky enough to visit our tiger team in Sumatra. Here he writes about his adventures!
Fauna & Flora International helps to define Amazonian park’s management activities
FFI Australia is working in partnership to develop innovative conservation strategies.
A critically endangered Iberian lynx has been recorded in Portugal for the first time since 2001.
Dr Jenny Daltry is honoured in Cambodia for her many achievements.
FFI plays critical role in last ditch efforts to save the world’s rarest large mammal from extinction.
FFI reports on the status of wildlife in one of Indochina’s most biodiversity-rich spots.
FFI is on the front line of an initiative to stop illegal activity in the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary.
New ambassador for FFI will help raise awareness of the need for conservation.
Fauna & Flora International helps to gather regional experts to create innovative training program.
DNA analysis reveals over half of individuals at Cambodian breeding centre are purebred Siamese crocodiles.
FFI launches new Natural Value Initiative report to help bring about positive change in the private sector.
Our Vice President narrates BBC appeal on our orang-utan work.
FFI and partners rush to help in distributing aid to worst hit villages near national park
Two of world’s most endangered primates face a brighter future thanks to new protected areas.
The lessons of over a century’s experience of habitat management.
Wave of local events around the world calls for action on climate change.
FFI grants programme website to help share lessons learned from emergency situations.
‘Last Chance to See’ TV programme showcases some of the planet’s most endangered species
Members of Cambodian croc and Pemba flying fox teams praised for their hard work.
Conservation Leadership Programme-supported project increases wild population of the world's most threatened crocodile by 50%.
Fauna & Flora International’s Belizean partner discovers illegal encroachment on the country’s most important protected area.
Rare Chinese gibbons were the stars at a new awareness raising campaign.
Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys spotted in forests of northern Vietnam by local community conservation team.
FFI and Cambodian government rangers confiscate illicit cache of oil taken from rare tree.
Businesses urged to be more transparent about their effect on the world’s forests
Chainsaw burning to symbolize a zero tolerance approach against illegal activities in the Cardamom Mountains’ Wildlife Sanctuaries
‘Hard decisions’ must be taken now to save tuna populations from downward spiral urge conservation groups.
The Great Sandy, Australia, is recognised for its spectacular biodiversity.
Winning projects range from protecting the elusive Andean Cat in Argentina to involving community in the conservation of an endemic bird species in the Philippines.
Fauna & Flora International publishes new Red List of Trees of Central Asia which sheds light on region’s threatened fruit and nut trees.
FFI project helps to bring about first FSC certification of community-managed natural forests in Africa.
FFI Vice President Sir David wins Bafta for ‘Life in Cold Blood’ series.
Forests' role as massive carbon sinks is "at risk of being lost entirely", top forestry scientists warn.
Two prominent FFI supporters, including Australian personality Rove McManus, win prizes from Australia Zoo.
FFI and Belizean partner are working hard to reduce pressure of illegal palm harvesting in Belize.
FFI tree experts warn that nearly half of all magnolias are threatened with extinction.
Further proof of Vietnamese endangered primate hotspot underlines need for conservation action.
FFI partner in Jakarta raise awareness of water issues in city’s slums.
FFI Nicaraguan turtle conservation programme helps community to protect their local marine turtles.
FFI’s Natural Value Initiative to help compile information for European Commission study.
FFI destroys factories linked to the production of a raw ingredient of the drug ecstasy.
Photographed baby cao vit gibbon a sign of hope.
Births boost wildlife conservancy’s endangered rhino population to 80.
First of its kind analysis could identify rare Siamese crocs.
Plague of hairy caterpillars the worst in 30 years.
Rebuilding process begins following devastating rebel attack.
Adam Starr speaks about his adventures in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains
Lord’s Resistance Army rebels devastate headquarters of UN World Heritage Site in the Congo.
Tame blind black rhino selected to help educate visitors about species’ conservation.
FFI reveals four Cambodian ‘new to science’ frogs and publishes country’s first amphibian guide.