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International Conservation

The Nature Conservancy has worked for more than 50 years to protect Maine’s critical habitats. In doing so, we have realized that the health of natural systems worldwide affects us here in Maine. But what is the most effective way to invest in global conservation?

Enter the Forest Conservation Collaborative (FCC), a group of Maine conservation supporters who collaborated to support international projects. Working together, the group explored several of the Conservancy’s forest conservation programs throughout the world and collectively decided where to invest their pooled funds (see the projects below).

Judy Kahrl, an FCC member, said the group was attracted to projects that focused on people as well as nature. “We were really looking at ‘How can this land be conserved for the benefit of the people that are already living there?’ I was attracted by that open-mindedness, that different view about conservation.”

“It’s interesting going into a country where you can’t just buy a piece of land,” adds Margot Milliken, another member of the group. “It forces the Conservancy to work in a complex environment of people, species, governments, cultural traditions and science. I support biodiversity, but the future of conservation is this mixture of people and habitats.”

The Forest Conservation Collaborative generously invested their giving circle funds into the following global conservation programs:

Protecting Highland Forests of East Africa
In Kenya we are working to strengthen management of protected forests and restore additional areas, by working with people to balance their needs for natural resources with forest conservation.

The Conservancy has partnered with communities around the Mathews Range in Kenya, in an effort to conserve the mountain forests that provide water for the dry grasslands below.

Conserving Indigenous Land s in the Amazon
No one’s survival is more intimately linked to the lands and waters of the Amazon rainforest than the indigenous people who have lived there for thousands of years.

The Conservancy is working closely with indigenous peoples to conserve the entire Amazon Basin. By empowering indigenous organizations and communities to manage their natural resources, we hope to conserve a network of thriving landscapes and cultures.

Climate Action in Berau, Indonesia
The destruction of Indonesia’s forests—from logging, mining and agricultural conversion— produces 80 percent of Indonesia’s carbon emissions, placing it among the world’s top emitters of greenhouse gasses.

The Conservancy is supporting Indonesia in a unique program to monetize the preservation of intact forests in Berau. The country aims to improve local livelihoods while lowering carbon emissions and protecting biodiversity.

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