Holistic conservation

With our holistic approach, which is based on the recognition that people’s livelihood and health is inextricably linked to ecosystem health, we generate synergistic, cost-effective and tangible benefits to local communities while preserving biodiversity for future generations.

"The whole is more than the sum of its parts".

Aristotle’s "Metaphysics"

Access to water is often a source of conflict between humans and wildlife. Providing access to safe drinking water to people close to their home also has an impact on family health, as well as on livelihood and food security as women can allocate more time to more productive activities.

Integrating conservation and development

By addressing both environmental and development issues in our programs using community-based management systems, we are able to break the cycle of poverty and environmental degradation affecting biodiversity-rich areas, where approximately one-sixth of the world's population live. Most communities living in such areas are often isolated geographically, even socially, which is why they are amongst the poorest of the poor, lacking food and water security as well as access to basic health care. Local people are then entangled into a cycle where poverty contributes to environmental degradation, which in itself exacerbates  poverty.

Developing sustainable livelihood options

Helping people to help themselves. Building on traditional knowledge and local skills, we create opportunities for communities to find their own way out of poverty and to reduce their dependency on natural resources.  Alternative livelihood options are developed to improve environmental health but also local people's health.

Maintaining ecosystem health through "One Health"

We emphasise the prevention of health risks emerging from the human/animal/environment interface, based on the recognition that human health depends on both healthy ecosystems and animal health - an approach now described as "One Health". By monitoring health status of animal populations through a combination of traditional and scientific knowledge, we can detect and prevent the emergence of zoonotic diseases - diseases which can be transmitted between animals and humans and which now represent the majority of emerging infectious diseases affecting humans.

Preventing Human-wildlife conflict

Through the prevention and mitigation of human/wildlife conflict, we address one of the biggest challenges facing terrestrial conservation initiatives. The degradation of many ecosystems through habitat loss and fragmentation means that people have now to share the landscape with wildlife. Increased interactions between people and wildlife generate conflicts through human losses but also through crop destruction and livestock depredation which affects food security.