Sustainable use of natural resources, including protection of the biodiversity that underpins our essential life support systems, is in the long-term interest of everyone on this planet.
Realistically, however, the future may be of little concern for those whose short-term survival depends on scraping a living on the fringes of a protected forest, or – at the other extreme – those who are under pressure to make a quick profit for hungry shareholders.
Fauna & Flora operates at both ends of this spectrum, working with marginalised local communities and powerful global investors alike to develop sustainable economic opportunities that also help to safeguard threatened species and habitats.
Our Conservation Finance & Enterprise team works at the interface between conservation and business, focusing on landscapes that are rich in biodiversity. By providing strategic support to small- and medium-sized enterprises that promote sustainable livelihood choices, our pioneering activities are driving a greening of economies at a local level and ensuring that communities reap maximum reward for managing their natural environment sustainably.
At the same time, we are engaging with financial institutions in order to underscore the fundamental importance of biodiversity to business, and to ensure that investment decisions and statutory reporting take full account of nature’s intrinsic value and of the risks inherent in supporting companies that are knowingly trashing the planet at everyone else’s long-term expense.