Implementing a network of protected areas in Cape Verde
The Cape Verde archipelago is a global marine biodiversity hotspot, supporting a wealth of emblematic and endemic marine species, including 17 species of whale and dolphin, more than 60 shark and ray species, and five species of marine turtle (including one of the three largest nesting populations of loggerhead turtles in the world). To date our work has focused on Maio, the closest island to the capital Santiago, which is under increasing pressure from tourism, coastal habitat destruction, and unsustainable and illegal fishing.
Managing no-take zones along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast
Gökova Bay, a formal marine protected area, is a unique environment with high levels of marine biodiversity. FFI and local partner, Akdeniz Koruma Derneği, have effectively enforced six no-take zones through community engagement in Gökova Bay. We have focused on developing a community ranger programme to encourage more effective patrolling of the no-take zones and enforcement of existing fisheries legislation, as well as capacity building support to the local fishing cooperative.
Supporting the reintroduction of the Iberian lynx in Portugal
In close partnership with Liga para a Protecção da Natureza, FFI seeks to secure and manage land across southern Portugal to provide habitat and prey for the endangered Iberian lynx – the world’s most threatened cat species with approximately 483 remaining in the wild. Threats to the lynx include habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation, and a lack of prey (rabbits).
Conserving the Zarand landscape corridor
Although people have lived here for centuries, the Zarand landscape corridor in Transylvania, Romania provides an element of wilderness through which large carnivores can move between the Western and Southern Carpathian Mountains. However, this important ecological corridor is threatened by large-scale infrastructure development, intensified forestry practices, loss of traditional agricultural practices, as well as more intensive small-scale farming, and the threat is exacerbated by socio-economic decline of rural communities.
Supporting the conservation of high nature value farmland in Transylvania
FFI is supporting local partner ADEPT in its work to conserve the high nature value farmed landscape of Transylvania’s Târnava Mare in Romania. This historic landscape is a highly biodiverse hotspot of European importance, provides livelihoods for thousands of farming families, and is also of high cultural value. The landscape incorporates wildflower-rich lowland pastures and meadows, old-growth woodland and farmed lands.
Protecting rare conifers and magnolias in northern Vietnam
The karst limestone hills of northern Vietnam are home to some of the world’s rarest and most remarkable trees, including several beautiful magnolias. Sadly, the area is under intense pressure from agriculture and local knowledge or skills surrounding tree conservation are limited. Through the Global Trees Campaign, FFI’s local partner, the Centre for Plant Conservation, is working with local community groups to protect and replant rare tree species in three sites.
Community management of rare baobabs in Madagascar
Madagascar’s six baobab species are found nowhere else on Earth. Three of these species are endangered and at risk of extinction. In the north, two species (Perrier’s baobab and Diego’s baobab) are restricted to small ranges and tiny populations that are threatened by habitat loss and climate change.
Catalysing action for Indonesia’s threatened trees
Indonesia is home to more than 100 critically endangered tree species, many of which require urgent conservation action to prevent their extinction. Despite threats from logging and loss of forest to oil palm plantations, very few tree species are subject to legal protection or conservation action.
Building capacity of nature reserves to save China’s most threatened trees
This project is providing technical assistance to nature reserve managers based across southern China, so that they can carry out more effective conservation action for some of the country’s most highly threatened tree species. These nature reserves are responsible for the conservation of a range of incredibly rare trees, including magnolias, firs and rhododendrons, yet many of the people working on the ground have never had the opportunity to develop the skills needed to save these species.
Protecting rosewood from illegal logging in Belize
The world’s most trafficked wildlife product is rosewood, a tropical timber tree from the Dalbergia genus that generates more revenue than elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts combined. Through the Global Trees Campaign , FFI is supporting its partner in Belize, Ya’axché Conservation Trust, to protect high priority populations of one rosewood species, D. stevensonii.