Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has a long-standing relationship with Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin – that began in 1998 when FFI’s Chief Executive Mark Rose met with Dr Rausing to discuss their mutual interest in scaling up conservation efforts to protect entire ecosystems.
From that meeting, Halcyon Land & Sea was born – a shared vision between Arcadia and FFI (later joined by Hugh Sloane) that has enabled us to influence the conservation of some 55.8 million hectares of critical habitat in the almost 20 years since its establishment, including many areas that were in imminent danger of destruction.
One aspect of this initiative that has been crucial to its success is the recognition that long-term conservation is best managed locally. FFI supports local partners in the countries in which we operate to help manage key sites for conservation in perpetuity, and we work with those partners to ensure that they have the support they need to be effective.
In 2011, recognising that the world’s seas and oceans were in real trouble, Arcadia provided FFI with five years of substantial funding to help build its ambitious new marine conservation programme.