Projects

  • Great ape conservation through local community forest management

    Within the vast mountainous landscape in the eastern Congo Basin are the largely rain-forested Kahuzi-Biega and Maiko National Parks covering 1,660,000 hectares. These parks, and the one million hectares forest area in between, are home to the world’s remaining population of critically endangered eastern lowland gorillas also known as Grauer’s gorilla.

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    • Biodiversity & business
    • Illegal wildlife trade
    • Landscape & habitats
    • People & the environment
    • Forests
    • Asia-Pacific
    ‘Ridge to reef’ conservation in Tanintharyi

    The largely intact lowland forest landscape of Tanintharyi region in southern Myanmar extends from the border of Thailand to coastal mangroves and the Myeik Archipelago with its important coral reefs and seagrass habitat. FFI is taking a landscape- and seascape-level approach to conservation by identifying high conservation value areas in most urgent need of protection and integrating them into regional development and land use plans.

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  • Northern Aceh forest conservation

    Northern Aceh Forest Complex, also known as Ulu Masen landscape, is home to protected and threatened wildlife including the Sumatran tiger, Asian elephant and Sumatran rhinoceros. FFI has established close partnerships with Aceh’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Forest Management Units (KPHs), community rangers and provincial police department to protect and monitor landscape forest and its biodiversity.

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    • Biodiversity & business
    Conserving wild pollinators and increasing food security

    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.

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  • Supporting the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust, South Africa

    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.

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  • Conserving South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom

    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.

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    • Landscape & habitats
    • People & the environment
    • Marine
    • Africa
    Implementing effective marine resource co-management in the Pemba Channel Conservation Area

    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.

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  • Supporting Ol Pejeta Conservancy to deliver sustainable conservation for wildlife and people

    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.

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    • Biodiversity & business
    • Landscape & habitats
    • People & the environment
    • Forests
    • Africa
    Supporting effective management of Ziama Man and Biosphere Reserve

    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.

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