"Conservation can only be sustainable if we address local people’s needs and this can be done more efficiently if we improve women’s lives"
“..Working with some of the poorest communities, which were often plagued by wildlife attacks and the difficult task of crop-raising. But where others may see only the glaring poverty that exists in such places, Dr. Garnier saw more — the strength of communal life, the pillars of society, rich biodiversity and the exceptional natural resources of the area that required protection. Thus began a revolutionary model with an holistic approach toward helping these communities in a way that preserved the core of their identity and empowered them to care for the ecosystem upon which they relied. ”