Thank you to our partners, donors, and local communities for working together to make grassroots conservation happen. Our 2020-2021 report covers our fiscal year (July 1st-June 30th) and highlights our progress in Myanmar, Nepal, Ecuador, and Borneo.
This year has been full of growth and change for our organization, but our commitment to community-based conservation has remained the same.
- supported three grassroots community projects led by trainees from the previous Biodiversity Heroes trainings
- planned the next Biodiversity Heroes training
- joined an orangutan conservation project to help increase local Iban community participation
- planned workshops for Iban farmers and protected area staff, including camera trapping workshops geared toward engaging Iban women
- helped construct organic community gardens in the village of Sumaco, Ecuador
- began a collaborative pangolin conservation project as part of our community wildlife corridor in the Eastern Terai landscape
- held the first pangolin monitoring training in April 2021
In spring 2021, we welcomed a new Executive Director, longtime board member Dr. Teri Allendorf. With her leadership, we are expanding our work into new communities.
We also are growing as an organization and reaching more people than ever before. Over the year, we reached 80% more people about community-based conservation with our website and social media, and our number of donors grew 32%.
We also created a new video called “What is Community Conservation? In 90 seconds” to raise awareness about the importance of involving local people in conservation.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought challenges that none of us expected. Some of our in-person work had to be put on hold or rescheduled for safety. Political instability also continues to be a challenge for communities we work with in some countries.
Despite these difficulties, we were still able to make progress thanks to our hard-working board and community partners.
Thank you for following, sharing, volunteering, and supporting community-based conservation!