There are currently more than 25,000 species on the Endangered Species List. Human activity--in the form of poaching, wilderness removal, overpopulation, and poor planning--has placed them there. So what are we doing about it?
Here are a few of the many worthy community-based conservation efforts working diligently to save endangered species and their habitats around the world.
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is an award-winning catalyst and model for community conservation, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and features on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Green List of successful protected areas. Its working model of sustainable development and responsible tourism in northern Kenya has provided the framework on which many conservation organisations in the region are based.
Forest conservation and community develpment in action. Ngare Ndare Forest is a lush indigenous forest at the foothills of Mt. Kenya and is the only indigenous forest in Kenya with an expanding canopy cover. In the 1980’s farmland became more developed on the southern side of the forest, and farmers came into regular clashes with elephants. In an attempt to alleviate fatal human/wildlife conflict, the forest was fenced off from southern farmland and the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust was established.
Save the Elephants' mission is to secure a future for elephants and to sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live; to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world; and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.
The Northern Rangelands Trust was established in 2004. Its mission is to develop resilient community conservancies, which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. It does this in a number of ways: It raises funds for the conservancies; It provides them with advice on how to manage their affairs; It supports a wide range of training and helps broker agreements between conservancies and investors; It also monitors performance, providing donors with a degree of oversight and quality assurance.
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is a non-profit organization whose mission is to drive bold, science-based action to rebuild Coastal Louisiana through outreach, restoration and advocacy.
Born from one family’s passion for Kenya and its wilderness, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is today the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world and one of the pioneering conservation organisations for wildlife and habitat protection in East Africa.