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Project information

Saving species

By combining species-targeted research with broader community-based conservation,
A Rocha’s Conservation Science programme is helping to protect and restore valuable species and their habitats, as well as care for the people who depend on them.


Charity information: A Rocha International

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  • Need


    Species loss has always been a natural part of life. However, through habitat destruction, species introductions, pollution, over-exploitation and climate change, we are now facing our greatest extinction crisis since the dinosaurs were wiped out 65 million years ago. And as we diminish the world’s wealth of plants and animals, we are also creating less functional landscapes that are unable to satisfy human needs – for food, fuel and medicines – or provide vital ecological services.


    A Rocha’s programmes help reverse biodiversity loss and restore habitats by grounding scientific expertise and theological principals in carefully chosen sites and the species that live there. For example:

    Asian Elephants - examining human-elephant conflict issues and testing a deterrent based on the elephants' sense of smell;

    Grey-Crowned Crane - research and monitoring in Kampala's largest remaining lake to provide a foundation for community-based conservation projects.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Valuable species and their habitats protected and restored.


    » Support A Rocha teams in the design and implementation of local and national conservation programmes.
    » Carry out biodiversity research and monitoring at project sites.
    » Design and implement management plans.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through the collection of scientific data, recording improvements in population sizes and species diversity.

    Aim 2

    Improved livelihoods of communities who depend on the Earth’s resources for their everyday needs.


    » Provide education and training directed at improving the capacity of stakeholders to respond to conservation issues.
    » Develop nature-based income generating projects and alternative livelihood systems for the conservation of biodiversity.
    » Develop workshops, exhibitions and publications, to create public awareness of biodiversity values and the activities that threaten them.

    What success will look like

    Follow up work with communities will demonstrate sustainable income-generating activities and engagement in conservation projects.

    Aim 3

    Increased carbon stores to mitigate global climate change.


    » Plant indigenous trees on small plots in northern Ghana, which are maintained by local farmers and provide income through sustainable forest products.
    » Plant indigenous trees on school compounds in central Ghana, providing valuable ‘outdoor classrooms’ for environmental education.

    What success will look like

    Trees thrive to provide valuable habitat for wildlife as well as co-benefits of carbon sequestration, environmental education and poverty alleviation.

  • Impact


    As well as reversing species declines and habitat losses at project sites, we believe that a long-term engagement in an area can help communities gain ownership of the work being done, develop a clearer understanding of how it will affect them and achieve lasting change. This commitment also enables us to build a substantial bank of data to monitor species populations and develop best practices for informing future work and similar conservation projects in other areas.


    As a global family of projects, lack of capacity and limited resources may restrict the conservation science activities of some of A Rocha’s smaller National Organizations. However, in accordance with our risk management strategies, A Rocha International is working to strengthen our projects: providing training and mentoring, sharing best practices, and developing strategic growth plans.


    Donors will receive an email report detailing the progress made in the project so far, as well as on-going updates through our website, newsletters and publications.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 UK staff Employment of Conservation Scientists based in the UK
      £30,000 International staff Employment of Conservation Scientists in National Organizations
      £13,000 Equipment and resources Purchase of books, research materials and scientific equipment
      £22,000 Data collection Data collection and travel to project sites
      £5,000 Reporting Report writing and communications

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    UK trust £30,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    A Rocha has conservation science projects across six continents. Working with amateur naturalists and conservation professionals and involving schools, community groups and churches, all address local conservation priorities in a culturally appropriate way.


    By involving communities in our practical conservation activities and sustainable income-generating projects, our conservation science programmes help to protect and restore species populations and their habitats, and care for the people living nearby.

    We also train and equip new conservation scientists. In Kenya, A Rocha’s monthly waterbird counts not only help to highlight the area’s international importance, but train young Kenyans in bird identification and counting techniques.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Experts believe that long-term conservation programmes are usually the most successful. That’s why A Rocha is so committed to the places in which we work and the species that live there. With 30 years of experience, our scientific research continues to make an important contribution to the protection and restoration of species and their habitats, with results published in books and peer-reviewed journals and data used to inform the conservation status of natural areas.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Martin Kaonga – Director Of Science And Conservation, A Rocha International

    Martin is developing our science and conservation strategy and ensuring that all global programmes are based on international scientific standards.

    Gopalakrishna S.P. – Senior Researcher, A Rocha India

    Gopal is working on India’s Asian Elephant conservation project, investigating ways to mitigate human-elephant conflict in Bannerghatta National Park.

    Timothee Schwartz – Scientific Director, A Rocha France

    Timothée oversees our research and monitoring in France, including heading up the Roller programme at our Tourades centre.

    Seth Appiah-Kubi – National Team Leader, A Rocha Ghana

    Seth manages the project to plant native trees with schools and local communities in Ghana, bringing community and biodiversity benefits.

Elephants and farmers - can they co-exist?