This has been an exciting year – a lot’s been going on!
We’ve divided our work into two categories: DOING people-focused conservation, and SUPPORTING & SPREADING people-focused conservation.
DOING People-focused conservation
a possible new community wildlife sanctuary and conservation-based tourism led by women dairy farmers
This year, we launched a new project in Ecuador working with dairy farming communities on conservation-minded ecotourism and a possible new sanctuary to help mountain tapirs, Andean bears, and more on the eastern slope of the Andes mountains. The first step of this initiative is a capacity-building training for farming families. This capacity-building will consist of lessons on biodiversity and watershed management, endangered species, and small business development. As a complement to the training, we’ll also be helping a group of women farmers to develop community level nature-based tourism enterprises. MORE
trained locals living in and near protected areas to launch their own conservation projects
We also partnered with a local organization called Friends of Wildlife to provide a community training in Myanmar for people from protected areas throughout the country, ensuring local voices are heard as Myanmar develops a national conservation strategy. Participants in the training learn to initiate (and fund) conservation projects in their home communities. MORE
taught people to monitor their local wildlife using technology
We helped provide a series of wildlife monitoring trainings for local conservationists in Nepal, progressing towards our larger goal: a community-managed wildlife corridor to help Bengal tigers, Asian elephants and more in the eastern Terai landscape. MORE
searched for endangered pygmy hogs
We collaborated with local mammalogists in Nepal to explore local possible nest sites, searching for a possible new population of critically endangered pygmy hogs. MORE
assisted volunteer-run Kickapoo River Museum with flood aftermath
After 2018’s flooding of the museum, we worked with community volunteers in Gays Mills, WI to manage their exhibits, move to a temporary location, and plan for the museum’s future.
SUPPORTING & SPREADING People-focused conservation
- Collaborated (fiscal sponsor) with long-term partner Neotropical Primate Conservation on a national action plan for the Colombian spider monkey
- Hosted an educational panel event for scientists and the general public called “Nature’s Guardians”
- Provided professional development for local conservation leaders
- Educated an average of 2,000 people per month via website and social media about people-focused conservation
- Created new “how-to” resources for conservation professionals
There’s even more than this, but these are the highlights! We’re looking forward to making 2020 another impactful year.
Thank you so much to our supporters, volunteers, and donors – you made all of this possible!