The island of Príncipe is a biodiversity hotspot in the Gulf of Guinea with high levels of endemism. The forests of Príncipe are among the world’s 200 most important biodiversity areas. FFI is helping to promote the conservation of this unique landscape as well the sustainable use of the forest resources. Through the Global Trees Campaign, FFI is supporting the first systematic botanical surveys of the island, and already there are indications of new and unusual tree and plant species.
The island and surrounding waters are an important breeding ground and nesting area for sea turtles, humpback whales and seabirds. About a third of the island’s human population depend on fisheries for their livelihoods. Striking a balance between conservation and securing livelihoods is at the heart of Fundação Príncipe’s mission. FFI is working with this local partner to build conservation capacity, conduct research, raise environmental awareness and diversify the livelihoods of communities, in particular through direct support to a local beekeeping cooperative.