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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 are some key success stories:
As a founding member of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), FFI has been instrumental in protecting the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas, living on the borders of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
IGCP has achieved a remarkable 17 per cent increase in this population since 1991 and played a key role in the three countries’ 2005 agreement to develop a 10-year transboundary gorilla conservation initiative.
Iberian lynx habitat corridor
FFI has helped to secure 10,000 hectares of cork oak forest in Portugal. The habitat is crucial for the Iberian lynx – the world’s most endangered cat. Less than 200 Iberian lynxes are left in the wild.
Together with Portuguese organisation Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (LPN), we have persuaded dozens of landowners to agree to lynx conservation activities on their land. This has enabled us to encourage natural lynx prey (wild rabbit) and create a safe corridor of lynx habitat across Spain and Portugal.
FFI has rediscovered populations of the Critically Endangered cao vit gibbon and Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, which were both previously thought to be extinct. We took immediate action to address the primates’ most serious threats.
For example, provision of improved cooking stoves to 300 households living adjacent to vital cao vit gibbon forest habitat in Vietnam has reduced fuel wood consumption, a major contributor to forest destruction in the area, by up to 60 per cent.
In Tanzania, FFI and the Mpingo Conservation and Development Initiative have helped two villages to achieve the first Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate for community-managed natural forest in Africa.
The FSC certification means that the valuable mpingo tree is harvested in a sustainable way, which preserves the tree’s natural miombo woodland habitat, home to threatened species like the African wild dog. Plus, the communities earned around 400 times more from their harvest than they would have received without certification.
Supporting grassroots in Belize
Over the past decade, FFI has helped Ya’axché Conservation Trust grow from a burgeoning local community group to a flourishing and renowned national non-governmental organisation. Our support ranged from securing land for them to manage to helping them develop their environmental education, agroforestry and many other programmes.
Today, the Government of Belize has entrusted Ya’axché with the country’s ‘crown jewel’ of protected areas, the 40,000 hectare Bladen Nature Reserve. The organisation is also tackling the big issues facing Belize’s wildlife, including hydroelectric dam development and illegal xaté palm harvesting.
In 2009 FFI created the Ecosystem Services Benchmark, a groundbreaking tool which enables investment banks to assess companies based on their biodiversity and ecosystem services risks. The benchmark was a product of the innovative Natural Value Initiative, a joint project with the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative and Brazilian business school Fundação Getulio Vargas.
Five major investment companies – Aviva Investors, F&C Investments, Pax World, Grupo Santander Brasil and VicSuper – have committed to use the tool to assess their portfolios. The Natural Value Initiative was selected by Volans (a venture focused on social innovation and corporate social responsibility) as an example of one of the key innovators in the area of ecosystem services.
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