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Wildlife Works develops forest conservation projects in partnership with communities who are safeguarding the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth.

when conservation solutions are led by forest communities.

It is possible for wildlife and humans to thrive in harmony...

OUR PILLARS

Wildlife Works’ holistic approach to conservation uses economic solutions to drive transformative levels of finance directly to forest communities for their own development goals.

PRESERVE
FORESTS

PROTECT
BIODIVERSITY

CENTER
COMMUNITIES

OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS

CHIEF BASABA BOOT'OMBALA
MAI NDOMBE, DRC

"Since we began working with Wildlife Works, I have started to recover everything I had lost.

 

The animals are coming back, and since our sacred sites are now protected from the logging company, I have regained my powers."

​GILDARDO CALDERÓN
PUTUMAYO, COLOMBIA

"We depend on Mother Earth in order to have the products we need for our families. That's why it is our duty to keep the territory healthy."

ANNE BOKUTU BOLEKOKA
MOTHER AND LOCAL FARMER

"The Wildlife Works project takes into account the issue of gender discrimination. There are great initiatives to engage women with sustainable agriculture.

 

Thanks to the revenue from this project, I was able to send my children to school."

ENGOKULU WANZA
COMMUNITY LEADER, DRC

"Logging companies destroyed our forest and scared the animals away with their noisy machines. Not even in the colonial times did we see the schools and clinics we have now. We've been forgotten."

ERASME MBOBA
TEACHER IN MPILI VILLAGE, DRC

"Us teachers have not been able to receive enough support from the state.

 

By partnering with Wildlife Works and protecting the forest, we have gained funds to build more schools."

GRACE   MWACHUGHA
KASIGAU CORRIDOR, KENYA

"Since Wildlife Works came in full swing to protect the forest and wildlife, charcoal production has decreased significantly. I am pleased to see that because the area has began to cool down, because trees help to regulate the temperature of the environment."

CHIEF NKONSANGO NDALA
MAI NDOMBE, DRC

"We appreciate that Wildlife Works is committed for the long term, not like others who just donate individual items, like our old broken water pump, and then leave."

CHIEF MARTAWI

BATAMPANG VILLAGE, INDONESIA

Wildlife Works Indonesia ensures full transparency throughout the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) process, which is crucial for the community.

GLOBAL IMPACTS

1.6m

HECTARES OF FORESTS PROTECTED

53m

AVOIDED DEFORESTATION CREDITS ISSUED

200k

COMMUNITY PARTNERS 

66

IUCN ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTED

HECTARE

One hectare is roughly equivalent to two football fields (10,000 square meters).

AVOIDED DEFORESTATION CARBON CREDITS

One carbon credit is equal to one metric ton of carbon dioxide. Avoided deforestation is defined as preventing deforestation by creating a change in policy, funding, actions, goals, etc. By stopping deforestation that would have happened if our projects did not exist, we can prevent carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. One metric ton of carbon dioxide is roughly equivalent to the amount of carbon dioxide that 40 mature tropical rainforest trees breathe in each year. However, each species of tree is different, and various environmental factors can affect this rate. That is why our on-the-ground teams meticulously work to analyze the amount of carbon in each of our project areas every year.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Community partners include all of the people who live in the project area and are impacted by project activities.

IUCN ENDANGERED SPECIES

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the leading authority on determining the conservation status of each species. After extensive research, species are listed on a scale of Not Threatened (NT) to Extinct (EX).

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3 REDD+ Projects in the Pacific Ecoregion of Colombia
2 REDD+ Projects in Amazonian Colombia
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REDD+ Project:​Kasigau, Kenya
REDD+ Project:
Mai Ndombe, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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THE WILDLIFE WORKS ORIGIN STORY
Wildlife Works was founded in 1997 with a mission to develop solutions for wildlife conservation which work for local communities.
POACHER TO PROTECTOR
The Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project in the DRC employs over 20 eco-guardians, many of whom are former poachers.
ABOUT THE MAI NDOMBE REDD+ PROJECT
The Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project protects 300,000 hectares of critical bonobo and forest elephant habitat within the world’s second-largest intact rainforest and some of the most important wetlands on the planet, the Congo Basin.
WATER IS LIFE
At the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project in Kenya, community members are investing carbon revenue into improving access to water for all.
PORTRAIT OF A RANGER: CONNIE
At the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project in Kenya, Connie Mwandaa has helped pave the way for female rangers.
ABOUT THE KASIGAU CORRIDOR REDD+ PROJECT
The Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project is the world’s first and longest standing certified REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) project.
Weaving a Sustainable Future

January 31, 2024

Weaving a Sustainable Future
This is an exciting time for Wildlife Works, as new projects that have been under development for years are starting to yield exciting success stories . In the Amazonian region of Colombia, the Association of Traditional Indigenous Authorities of Querarí (ASATIQ) has begun a REDD+ project with Wildlife Works to protect their forest and adapt to climate change by improving traditional food production systems and co-creating new sustainable economic opportunities. Indigenous women of ASATIQ have preserved their cultural heritage of weaving intricate baskets. For Wildlife Works, market-based solutions extend beyond carbon credits . Wildlife Works’ community development team has found new ways to bring these beautiful, eco-friendly baskets to a wider market. At the end of last year, women from ASATIQ brought their baskets to a six-day trade fair. At this event, they exchanged knowledge, experiences, and products with other artisans from different parts of Colombia.They also established commercial relationships with national and international clients, identified potential markets for their products, and successfully sold over 16,000 USD worth of baskets. One hundred percent of these sales stayed with the artisans. Through this trade fair, the women made their ethnic group and territory known to thousands of fair attendees, and inspired other artisans in their region to expand their bio-economy ventures into new and better markets. "My grandmother, God rest her soul, taught me how to weave. Now I can support my children with this craft," says Aurora Gonzalez, a community member of ASATIQ. As this additional source of sustainable income grows, there will be less pressure to cut down trees to expand family “chagras” (small farms). On top of the tangible economic benefits, the basket-weaving group is strengthening community bonds and renewing pride in their ancestral tradition. This is one of many positive solutions that REDD+ is providing local communities around the world, especially female-led initiatives that preserve invaluable cultural heritage . These are the stories that inspire hope and are worth sharing in times like these. If you speak Spanish, follow our Latin American team’s work on Instagram and Facebook . Sign up for our newsletter , where we promise to bring you our community partners’ success stories about fighting climate change and protecting wildlife.
New Study Published

January 9, 2024

New Study Published
In the face of climate change, how is the diversity of birds affected by elevation, temperature, seasonal changes and human disturbance? Members of the Wildlife Works Biodiversity team, consisting of Geoffrey Mwangi, Bernard Amakobe and Mwangi Githiru, recently published a decade-long study of birds along an elevational gradient in Mt. Kasigau to answer this question. The study was designed by Wildlife Works Global Director for Conservation, Mwangi Githiru, and is the first comprehensive, multi-year assessment of understorey birds in Kenya's portion of the Eastern Arc Mountains, a global biodiversity hotspot and an Important Bird Area. Montane areas host over half of the world's biodiversity hotspots. In higher altitudes, conditions tend to be harsh (low temperatures and frequent rain). Many mountain ranges in the tropics have unique species, since species must specialize to thrive in these harsh environments. Previous studies have shown that the number of species of birds generally declines with increasing elevation. However, montane ecosystems will most likely provide refuge for species displaced by a warming climate. Our team used systematic bird ringing data over a 10-year period to assess bird populations at four elevation levels ranging from 858 to 1547m on Mt. Kasigau. Map of the Wildlife Works Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project in Kenya, highlighting Mt. Kenya, the focal point of this study Our team of researchers found that the abundance of birds declined with increasing elevation for the lower three elevation levels but peaked at the highest elevation. Elevation had a greater effect on which species were present than the season, human disturbance and temperature. There was a greater diversity of bird species in the wet season compared to the dry season across all the years. This makes sense as with more rain, comes more resources to support a greater number of species. However, the team observed a significant shift from historic rainfall patterns on Mt. Kasigau. During this study, Kenya experienced its worst drought in forty years. As the planet warms and droughts become more common, thermal refuges like Mt. Kasigau will be critical for endangered birds. Our team noted that climate change is already affecting the behavior of certain species. For example, the Striped Pipit was recorded at higher altitudes than previously known, suggesting an upward shift of its range into cooler territory. The Striped Pipit (Anthus lineiventris) Geoffrey Mwangi, lead biodiversity and social monitoring scientist at the Kasigau Corridor REDD+ project says, “This study highlights the importance of improved conservation planning to better conserve montane areas which are regarded as future refuges for biodiversity as the planet continues to experience global warming. The future of biodiversity planning should take cognizance of threats posed by global warming and climate change. We are grateful to Wildlife Works for its commitment to science, and this long-term study is likely to reveal further insights on how sensitive taxa such as birds in montane areas respond to climate change.” To learn more, read the full research paper:
Wildlife Works at COP28

November 21, 2023

Wildlife Works at COP28
The world’s largest annual conference on fighting climate change, COP28, has come to a close. The paradox of having a critical climate talk in the sweltering, oil-rich city of Dubai was hard to ignore. Despite the contentious debate, the science is clear that we need to phase out fossil fuels and to protect our planet's remaining standing forests in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change. The voluntary market was created to fill the gap between lagging public sector action, and to protect threatened forests by paying forest communities directly for their conservation efforts. Fortunately, for the first time in history , this COP’s agreement successfully included direct language on transitioning away from fossil fuels. At COP28, Wildlife Works' mission was to ensure protecting forests is recognized as a key strategy for fighting climate change, and to amplify the voices of forest community members and Global South countries on how they want the voluntary carbon market to be designed. Below, catch up on our key takeaways and Wildlife Works' activity at COP28. A REVOLUTIONARY SHIFT FOR THE CARBON MARKET Equitable Earth is a coalition pioneering a new standard for the voluntary carbon market (VCM) that prioritizes forest communities and Global South Countries. At COP28, they hosted a discussion on the revolutionary shift that is needed for the voluntary carbon market. The Minister of Environment for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Eve Bazaiba, spoke powerfully at this event on what countries like the DRC want in exchange for their vital work of protecting their forests. While the loss and damages fund was successfully established at this COP, the funds committed are a fraction of what Global South countries actually need to adapt to climate change. There is also still ambiguity on how much agency Global South countries will have in managing this fund. Minister Bazaiba made it clear that the climate finance from the voluntary carbon market works for communities in her country, now. "Our partner Wildlife Works understands our role and is delivering on the alternatives we need at the Mai Ndombe project. Schools have been built, and there have been improvements to health care and sustainable agriculture. We can now adapt ourselves to the climate crisis.” Sonia Guajajara, Brazil’s first Minister of Indigenous Peoples, also spoke on the panel about the importance of the voluntary carbon market. GETTING THE CARBON MARKET RIGHT FOR COMMUNITIES The Peoples Forests Partnership, of which Wildlife Works is a founding member, hosted a fireside chat between Indigenous leaders such as Francisca Arara and Gustavo Sanchez on how to get the carbon market right for communities. They shared their direct experience and recommendations for both project-based REDD+ and jurisdictional REDD+. A WOMEN'S PANEL ON FAIRNESS, TRANSPARENCY AND EQUITY At a women’s panel on fairness, transparency and equality, powerful leaders from the National Organisation of Indigenous Ancestral Warrior Women (ANMIGA) spoke about how they live in harmony with nature, and their mission at COP28. As Anna Lehmann, Wildlife Works Global Policy Director pointed out at the panel, "The global GDP could be 30% higher and several hundred million people could be lifted out of poverty if women had equal decision making power and equal access to financial resources. The abuse of land and of women goes hand in hand. Gender-based violence increases in areas of environmental destruction and deforestation, where it perpetuates vicious-circles of exploitation and cements existing inequalities. Market and finance standards need to be strengthened to stop this violence. Nature based solutions will only be successful if they allow women to have rights and sovereignty over their lives." The voluntary carbon market and project developers such as Wildlife Works are continually improving our standards and methods, so that, when done right, this financial mechanism can strengthen the security and resilience of women in the Global South. Stay up to date with our continuous journey improving the rights of women at our project in Kasigau here . NEWS STORY HIGHLIGHTS How Indigenous peoples and local communities can make the voluntary carbon market work for them (commentary) Saving the world’s forests through carbon markets isn’t just ‘greenwashing’ Bionic Planet: George Thumbi: Man of a Million Trees (5th Installment, "Carbon in Kenya") The primary study used to criticize REDD+ projects "should be retracted" according to new research Fossil fuel phase-out will ‘not avert climate breakdown without protections for nature’

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Wildlife Works develops forest conservation projects in partnership with communities who are safeguarding the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth.

when conservation solutions are led by forest communities.

It is possible for wildlife and humans to thrive in harmony...

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