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Project information

Conservation - developed globally, managed locally

We believe that the most effective and long-term solutions to safeguard species and habitats lie in local hands. Capacity development for us is about helping people build expertise and access the resources they need to own and deliver conservation. This concept lays at the heart of FFI's work.

January 2016 - January 2017

Charity information: Fauna & Flora International (FFI)

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) logo
  • Need


    People are both the driving force behind conservation loss and the reason for protecting it. With biodiversity being lost at 1,000 times the natural rate and increasing pressures related to population growth, such as habitat conversion to agriculture, hunting, human-wildlife conflict and climate change, the need for conservation has never been greater. As populations worldwide grow, so do the pressures on natural resources; conservation can provide innovative solutions for easing these pressures


    Our method is to work in mutually beneficial partnerships with a common purpose, where each partner brings something to the table. We provide long-term, bespoke support to those who ask for our help to build their technical, institutional and leadership capacity. To address conservation challenges, FFI works with people ranging from government organisations to local community co-operatives and individuals. We help them access resources, knowledge and skills to conserve biodiversity effectively.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To strengthen the effectiveness of our local partner institutions


    » Helping people and institutions to acquire the skills and resources they need to maximise their positive impact for conservation
    » Providing professional development, at an individual level, in areas such as leadership, advocacy, and technical skills
    » Helping the institutions that we support to plan strategically, build strong governance, finance and administration structures and access funding

    What success will look like

    Success will be partner organisations feeling more confident and better prepared to plan their long-term activities, and by the number of individuals who benefit from coaching

    Aim 2

    To enable local communities to benefit from conservation


    » Supporting the development of sustainable livelihoods which benefit people, and the environment, through training and funding
    » Ensuring local communities are involved in conservation activities through consultation, developing local governance, and information provision
    » Working to ensure that project activities are culturally appropriate and preserve community rights such as access to particular sacred sites
    » Direct development assistance such as health care and medical centres, schools, and improved water collection systems

    What success will look like

    Success will be jobs created, income generated, training given, reduced negative environmental impact, and development assistance such as clean water, health centers and schools

    Aim 3

    To develop conservation leadership skills


    » Identifying, training and monitoring future conservation leaders who demonstrate a commitment to conservation and sustainable development
    » Developing Degree and Masters courses in conservation leadership in countries around the world to be a focus for training future conservation leaders
    » Support practical conservation projects, build local capacity, address priority issues, and deliver and communicate conservation results
    » Facilitate a global conservation network to support continued professional development, promote collaboration and ensure long-term sustainability

    What success will look like

    Success will be by the number of individuals that have completed our Masters and Degree courses, and by shared conservation management experiences

    Aim 4

    To share information and lessons learnt


    » Building strategic alliances between groups to share information, skills and resources - leading to more successful conservation
    » Pooling of local and international skills, providing important learning opportunities in both directions and improved wide-scale conservation

    What success will look like

    Success will be the scale of networks, international and local, between conservation organisations which share skills and learning opportunities

  • Impact


    By building local capacity, we will ensure the long-term sustainability of our conservation projects; increase the area of land and sea under effective conservation; provide protection for countless species and help projects and communities adapt to changing threats such as climate change. We will demonstrate success through continued monitoring of biodiversity levels, areas conserved and the activities and efficacy of local organisations, and the impacts on local communities


    Risks include: breakdown of relationships, local institutions and individuals not being willing to recognise gaps in skills and knowledge, lack of political will, partners failing to deliver, local communities not wanting to engage and not being able to identify specific expertise or skills to draw upon. Such risks are a feature of all FFI's work, and we have experience of dealing with issues across all of these areas and effective procedures in place for mitigating their effects.


    Regular updates on project outcomes through FFI's existing channels - e-newsletter, website, annual magazine and regular Update newsletters, as well as at events. we will also post links on our social-media networks to raise awareness of the work beyond those who directly supported it

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £68,000 Conservation Capacity Activiti Delivering courses in conservation leadership, facilitating skills sharing, and capacity building
      £12,000 Management and Administration Costs associated with project management and financial administration offered to in country teams
  • Background


    FFI operates in over 45 countries - mainly in the developing world where capacity for conservation is limited. FFI began in Africa, and is now active across Central and South America, Asia-Pacific and much of Eurasia.

    We operate in many areas that have been subject to conflict, such as the DRC, which other organisations avoid. We also operate in areas which owing to political issues, have seen a fall in the number of trained conservation practitioners


    Biodiversity is critical for the life support systems that humans and all other species rely on, from provision of freshwater to shelter and food. Without the diversity of ecosystems, habitats are more vulnerable to natural disasters, human disturbance and climate change. FFI's conservation projects have a people-centred approach - creating sustainable livelihood alternatives such as tourism or cacao farming, supporting improved governance and protecting human rights.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FFI is the world’s oldest international conservation organisation, with successes including bringing mountain gorillas back from the brink of extinction. Our innovative approach recognises that biodiversity is best conserved by the people who live closest to it, supported by the global community. We are the only international conservation NGO working in many of the areas where we operate, and are widely recognised for our particular ability to operate in post-conflict countries.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mark Rose

    FFI's Chief Executive Officer since 1993 who has developed FFI into one of the world's most respected international conservation NGOs

    Marianna Carter

    Marianne has spent over 10 years developing conservation leadership programmes for international NGOs

    Joy Juma

    Joy was one of the first conservation professionals to complete the Masters in Conservation leadership and now supports FFI's East Africa programme

The Critically Endangered Northern white rhino

The Critically Endangered Northern white rhino


can help reduce community dependency on bushmeat

I chose FFI because I knew they were effective and well-focused and would bring help speedily and effectively. They did.

Sir David Attenborough