- Conserving wild pollinators and increasing food securityRead More
A diverse community of pollinators provides the most effective and stable crop pollination, but research suggests that wild pollinators are in decline. Commercial agriculture and crop procurement companies have a vested interest in maintaining pollinator services, but are currently unresponsive to this issue.
- Supporting the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust, South AfricaRead More
The lowland renosterveld is part of the Fynbos Biome, although it is very distinct from Fynbos due to its lack of the three distinct Fynbos elements, the Proteas, Ericas (heather) and Restios (reeds). However, it is one of the richest ecosystems in the world, as a result of its extraordinary biodiversity. The renosterveld that we see today is vastly different from that of 300 years ago, before the large-scale agriculture began to threaten its existence.
- Conserving South Africa’s Cape Floral KingdomRead More
South Africa’s landscape is one of the most diverse in the world. Its Cape Floral is one of only six flora kingdoms in the world. The ecosystem supports an impressive 9,600 recorded plant species, of which 70% are endemic. Many of the critical habitats of the Cape Flora (including the lowland fynbos, succulent Karoo and renosterveld) are being severely threatened by human development pressures on the land.
- Conserving Chuilexi Conservancy within Niassa National ReserveRead More
Northern Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve (4.2 million hectare) is one of the planet’s last remaining havens for biodiversity. Niassa harbours 40% of Mozambique’s entire elephant population, and is one of the most important refuges on the entire continent for two of Africa’s threatened carnivores, lion and wild dog.
- Implementing effective marine resource co-management in the Pemba Channel Conservation AreaRead More
Of the two islands making up the Zanzibar archipelago, the less populated and developed Pemba Island hosts some of the richest marine biodiversity in Tanzania and the East African coast in its extensive reefs and mangroves, including turtles, dolphins, dugongs and occasional whales. It is also one of the main sources of subsistence and income for its relatively remote communities, who have witnessed reduced fish catches due to overexploitation and damaging fishing practices – such as the use of destructive drag-nets.
- Supporting Northern Rangelands Trust to deliver community-based conservationRead More
The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) is a community-led initiative, supported by FFI since its inception. NRT, with the support of FFI and other institutional partners, such as Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy, is working to develop capacity and self-sufficiency of community conservancies in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management.
- Supporting Ol Pejeta Conservancy to deliver sustainable conservation for wildlife and peopleRead More
Across Laikipia County, Kenyan conservation organisations have successfully managed the transition from colonial-era cattle ranches to mixed-use cattle/game systems that have encouraged burgeoning wildlife populations outside formal protected areas. Preeminent amongst these is Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC), which holds a Key 1 population of black rhinoceros, and species that are in general decline including African lion and wild dog.
- Supporting effective management of Ziama Man and Biosphere ReserveRead More
FFI’s work in Guinea focuses on the Ziama Massif forest and is part of the transboundary project with Liberia. Ziama – a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) – contains the last remaining population of forest elephants in Guinea and is therefore considered a priority site for forest elephant in West Africa. The aim of the project is to ensure that Ziama is an intact and effective Man and Biosphere reserve supporting viable populations of key species, co-managed and equitably benefiting local men and women.
- Restoring forest corridors in the Albertine Rift, Western UgandaRead More
A scoping study was conducted in 2014 - 2015 to help FFI formulate action plans to work with communities to restore two important forest connections between Budongo Forest and Mukihani, and between Bugoma and Wambabya forest reserves in the Albertine Rift in Western Uganda. This study produced a five year Forest Corridor Action Plan which has been used to inform further work in this area.
- Development and implementation of key Species Action Plans in LiberiaRead More
FFI also plays a lead role in the development and implementation of Species Action Plans. In 2013, the pygmy hippopotamus (PH) National Action Plan, supported by FFI and FDA, was finalised, presenting clear strategies for PH conservation in Liberia. Data collected regularly through transect and camera trap surveys in the SNP alone suggest that the PH density in the SNP is 0.45/km2, which has prompted FFI to plan a nationwide survey of the PH in Liberia.