FOR FOREST COMMUNITIES
The Voluntary Carbon Market and other private sector sources for conservation finance is an opportunity for forest communities to:
access climate finance on your own terms
work with private sector as partners, not as saviors
use conservation to fund development goals
fund development at a level that is transformative and multi-generational
It is possible to balance the urgency of climate action with respect for forest community self-determination.
Why partner with us?
Wildlife Works was founded in 1997 to change the model of conservation from a colonial-era fortress model where people are seen as apart from nature, to a community-centered model where people are integrated as part of nature.
Our project development and management process centers local communities’ participatory project design, upholds their rights, respects and prioritizes their culture and finances their self-determined development goals.
ROBUST FPIC PROCESS
Wildlife Works considers Free and Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) to be a continuous process, and it is critical to each phase of our projects.
Our FPIC process begins as deep listening sessions before any contracts are discussed or signed. It includes conducting extensive community outreach to community members with cultural sensitivity and respect for their governance structure.
FAIR AND TRANSPARENT
We prioritize financial transparency and develop fair and equitable revenue share models that work for all stakeholders, while maximizing the share that goes directly to self-directed community funds.
Our community partners determine their own development goals through extensive theory-of-change workshops conducted side-by-side with the community.
We have a transparent internal grievance and recourse process and have regular listening sessions throughout the lifetime of the project.
PRINCIPLES SET BY INDIGENOUS PEOPLS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY
We aim to ensure all of our projects comply with all principles set for by Peoples Forests Partnership.