Synchronicity Earth

Synchronicity Earth is a charitable foundation with an ambitious vision: a sustainable planet that values the interconnectivity and interdependence of all living things.

Blog posts by Victoria Steele

Job Opportunity - Junior Research Analyst (Maternity Cover)

Reporting to: Portfolio Lead Last updated: June 2016 Salary: Starting from £25,000 per annum Contract Type: Fixed Term for 6 months with the possibility of extension. Closing Date: 18th July, 2016 Start Date: Early September, 2016 Applications (CV and Cover Letter) to: info@synchronicityearth.org What is Synchronicity Earth? Synchronicity Earth is an enterprising charity with an ambitious vision: we wish to stop the extinction crisis. We invest our own resources thoughtfully to deliver the best possible chances of change. Our research…

Regeneration through Agroecology – Building healthy food and farming systems in West Africa

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about our exciting new Regeneration initiative. The AgroEcology Fund (AEF) is a multi-donor fund committed to supporting diverse individuals and groups around the world – from women’s cooperatives to university scientists – to develop agroecological solutions to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change on their environment and livelihoods. The fund aims to enhance collaboration among different organisations and to increase the volume and long-term effectiveness of research, advocacy, and…

The ‘E’ in ESG

This is the third in a series of blog posts about our exciting new Regeneration initiative. Last year our Chairman, Adam Sweidan was invited to guest speak on PMI TV, the online channel for Pensions Management Institute. During the interview, Adam discussed ESG, his passion for the environment and the pension fund industry. Earlier blogs in our Regeration series: What is Regeneration and how does it build biodiversity and support communities? by Catherine Bryan The Mangrove Action Project – a…

Dying for Love

'It is a sad truth that when nature speaks, mankind doesn’t listen' - Victor Hugo Coral reefs are home to diverse marine life from the tiniest brightly coloured sea slug to the largest whale shark. Millions of people depend on them for livelihoods, food and coastal protection. By 2030, 90% will be threatened. #lovecorals is a campaign orchestrated by prominent environmental player and conservation charity Synchronicity Earth. Featuring a series of vibrant paintings by renowned Street Artist Louis Masai on…

Biophilia

Biophilia - n. an appreciation of life and the living world; n. an innate love for the natural world, supposed to be felt universally by humankind. In 2014 Synchronicity Earth launched its Biophilia campaign to mark 50 years of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Since scientists first started documenting the state of all known species according to their risk status in the 1970s, the world has seen a rapid decline in wildlife. And while conservationists are bringing some…

Spring 2015 Newsletter

In November last year we turned 5 and as we approached that milesone we had a very busy 2014. We continued to support our excellent partners throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, Micronesia and Melanesia and developed a new portfolio theme, focusing on regeneration. We also hosted a glorious Biophilia Ball to mark both our fifth birthday and 50 years of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, as well as several smaller events throughout the year, including two ground-breaking educational initiatives…

Partner updates

Over the past few months we have been updating our website with information on some of our existing and new project partners, including Nancy Sullivan and Associates in the Forest portfolio, Mangrove Action Project in the Oceans portfolio and Eradicating Ecocide in our Human Systems portfolio. We will be making more updates in the upcoming weeks so please do keep an eye on our portfolios page as we'll update the map as partners are added. If you would like more…

Shark Trust

This week is the annual ‘Shark Week’ on the Discovery Channel. First appearing in 1988, Shark Week was originally developed to raise awareness and respect for sharks. Though now many of the shows take on a fictitious style (no a 50 foot Megalodon does not exist) the promotion of sharks during this week is still valuable. Facing threats all across the globe, it is estimated that 100 million sharks are killed every year. Unfortunately very few species of shark are…

Summer Newsletter 2014

It has been a whole 6 months since our last newsletter and much has happened in that time. We have further expanded our network of partners, strengthening the partnerships with those we already support as well as forming new alliances, particularly in our species and new human systems portfolios. To find out more about our new projects and partners please take a look at our portofolio pages. In October of last year we hosted What on Earth at the Whitechapel…

The Gathering Storm

Our oceans partner, Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has released a new report 'THE GATHERING STORM: Climate Change, Security and Conflict.' This report finds that while climate change may not be the sole cause of conflict in the future, it will increasingly become one of the most important and decisive factors. In 2012 alone 31.7 million people were forced from their homes due to extreme weather events such as flooding and storms. Meanwhile earlier this week the UN Intergovernmental Panel on…

Project update!

Please check out the latest news from our freshwater partner, the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT). Since Synchronicity Earth started supporting WWT's Madagascan pochard project in 2012, the programme has come a very long way! Synchronicity Earth is proud to be funding WWT for the third time and for more information on the project please see here.  Madagascar Pochard at Lake Bemanevika (Photo: Iñaki Relanzon www.photosfera.com) Tweet

Chocolate Seahorses

What do carpet, chocolate and seahorses have in common? It sounds like the opening to a likely bad if not unusual joke - in reality it was the opening launch of Expedition: Danajon Bank held at London Zoo in partnership with Project Seahorse. Danajon Bank in the Philippines is one of only six double-barrier reefs in the world (2 barrier-reefs, side by side), and is home to not only coral reefs but also seagrass habitats and mangrove forests. Danajon Bank…

World Wildlife Day

Today marks the first ever World Wildlife Day, and is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora, as well as to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people and planet. World Wildlife Day was proclaimed by the United Nations during the 68th session of the General Assembly and marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and…

United for Wildlife

This week, Adam and Jessica Sweidan - Synchronicity Earth's trustees attended the United for Wildlife Symposium with Gemma Goodman, our Species portfolio lead. The symposium showcased initiatives to counter wildlife trafficking. The conference was followed by a heads of state meeting which aimed to get high-level political commitment to tackle the illegal trade of several species, including rhinos, elephants and tigers. During the symposium Prince William took centre stage stating "Ours is not an exclusive partnership", he shared his hopes…

Internship opportunity!

Location: South Kensington, London Duration: Ideally a minimum of 3 days/week for 3 months, although there is some flexibility Salary: Unpaid (some travel and subsistence costs covered) Deadline for application: 5pm Wednesday 5th February 2014 Start date: ASAP Organisational Background: Synchronicity Earth is a dynamic and exciting organisation, seeking to change the face of funding for wildlife conservation and striving for a planet in which all life is truly valued. Our mission is to be effective funders at the intersection…

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species at 50!

Today marks the start of a year long celebration of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. For the past 50 years the IUCN Red List has been instrumental in guiding conservation action and policy decisions as well as providing a health check for our planet – a Barometer of Life. The IUCN Red List is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, fungi and plant species and their links to livelihoods. From the…

Leaping to the rescue: million dollar fund for frogs

As a founding partner of the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation, we are thrilled to announce a bold new step in the quest to save amphibians. Together with Rainforest Trust, Global Wildlife Conservation and the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, the ASA has announced a million dollar fund – called the Leapfrog Conservation Fund – to strategically protect and manage key habitats for frogs, salamanders, caecilians and many other species over the coming year. This…

BirdLife International

Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded forest projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting BirdLife for its work in São Tomé and Principe to protect important forest habitat and its biodiversity from a proposed palm oil plantation. Click here to find out more about the project. Tweet São Tomé Grosbeak, São Tomé (Credit: Martim Pinheiro de Melo, Birdlife International)

Dyanmique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones

Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded forest projects. Synchronicity Earth is funding the Dyanmique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones (DGPA) to develop advocacy tools that highlight the link between protecting cultural heritage and improved forest conservation through the use of participatory video. Click here to find out more about the project. More to follow so watch this space for details on our…

Winter Newsletter

Since our last newsletter we have been busy working on expanding our network of partnerships and we are very pleased to have formed new and exciting alliances. To find out more about our new projects and partners please take a look at our portofolio pages. Following on from the success of our fundraising event 'Evolutionary Distinct' for the Zoological Society of London's EDGE of Existence programme we have held several intimate salons allowing guests to engage further on a specific…

Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded ocean projects. Synchronicity Earth is funding the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition to advocate for strong European and international legislation to protect the deep sea. Click here to find out more about the project. More to follow so watch this space for details on our other new partners and projects. Tweet

International Crane Foundation

Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded freshwater projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in its work to restore the Zambezi river basin and improve existing large dams for biodiversity and people. Click here to find out more about the project. More to follow so watch this space for details on our other new partners and projects. Tweet

Wildlife Conservation Society

Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded ocean projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting the Wildlife Conservation Society to empower Kenyan communities in sustainably managing their fisheries and protecting coral reefs. Click here to find out more about the project. More to follow so watch this space for details on our other new partners and projects. Tweet

IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit

Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about another of our recently funded freshwater projects. Synchronicity Earth is providing core funding to the Freshwater Biodiversity Unit of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and collaborating to raise the profile of the world’s freshwater biodiversity crisis – about which many environmental organisations and donors are seemingly unaware. Click here to find out more about the project. More…

Oceans Initiative

Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about one of our most recently funded ocean projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting Oceans Initiative to develop a cost-effective and scalable tool to estimate marine mammal abundance, helping to reduce the threat from fisheries bycatch. Click here to find out more about the project. More to follow so watch this space for details on our other new partners and projects. Tweet Gray…

Living Rivers Siam

Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about one of our most recently funded freshwater projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting Living Rivers Siam to mobilise Thai communities and organisations to campaign against the most damaging and unwanted dams in the highly biodiverse Mekong region. Click here to find out more about the project. More to follow so watch this space for details on our other new partners and projects.…

One Reef

Following on from our blog that introduced our latest partners and projects, we are pleased to provide details about one of our most recently funded ocean projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting One Reef to scale up coral reef protection across Micronesia, while providing long-term sustainable livelihoods to Pacific Islanders. Click here to find out more about the project. More to follow on Wednesday so watch this space for details on our other new partners and projects. Reef in Chuuk State,…

Forest Peoples Programme

Since our initial round of funding early this year, we have been carrying out further in-depth research on four of our portfolios – freshwater, tropical forests, oceans and species. Through this we have been able to extend our geograpichal coverage, scale-up support for exisiting partners and forge new relationships with on the ground environmental organisations. By tackling key focal areas in each of our portfolios we hope to slowly build an interconnecting web of projects and relationships, that together will…

A conversation with Dr Sylvia Earle and Dr Heather Koldewey

Last Wednesday Synchronicity Earth and Project Ocean joined forces to host a lunch at Selfridges for members of the Environmental Funders Network (EFN), featuring a conversation between Sylvia Earle and Heather Koldewey. Sylvia Earle is regarded as a legend in the marine world with Time Magazine naming her their first ‘Hero for the Planet’. Sylvia was chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and has since set up Mission Blue (a global initiative formed in response to…

And the thought on everyone’s mind is… FOOD!

Today is World Environment Day and the theme for this year is ‘THINK before you EAT and help SAVE our environment’ – THINK.EAT.SAVE. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste campaign. It encourages people to think about the environmental impact of their food choices, as well as providing information to help people make informed decisions about where their food comes from. According to the FAO 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year – this is equal to the total amount…

Earth Day

Today is the 43rd annual Earth Day. Across the globe, over 1 billion people in 192 countries will be participating. Last year some of the efforts included: • In Iraq 5 million trees were planted • In Sultanate, Oman every school (7000+) was called upon to take part in environmental actions • In Madhya Pradesh, India free energy efficient solar lamps were given out to villagers • In Sao Paulo, Brazil hundreds of skateboarders took to the streets to promote…

What an action packed 6 months!

Six months ago we held a one of a kind event at London Zoo in aid of the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) EDGE of Existence programme and the unique and endangered species it works to conserve. We had penguins and champagne, llamas and cocktails and a bicycle rickshaw ride around the zoo. A lot has happened in the six months since the event- over £80,000 was raised from the event with the majority of this going to support EDGE’s…

Réseau CREF

We are very excited to provide details for the last of our recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting Réseau CREF (Le Réseau pour la Conservation et la Réhabilitation des Ecosystèmes Forestiers / Network for the Conservation and Restoration of Forest Ecosystems) to develop and support community forestry initiatives in the Beni-Lubero Region, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Click here to read more. To see any of our current projects please vist our Portfolio and Project Pages.  Tweet

Rhino poaching and conservation, South Africa

By Quinton Paul Josop In the spirit of engaging young people who are involved in conservation, please see below a second blog from Quinton Paul Jesop who is giving his own perspective on Rhino poaching in Africa. In South Africa we are currently faced with the problems of rhinos being killed for their horns and The Bush Meat Trade (killing of wild animals for meat). Poaching and The Bush Meat Trade have been happening in Africa for a very long…

Why Conservation?

By Quinton Paul Josop My name is Quinton Paul Josop. I'm currently in my second year studying advanced nature guiding and conservation in northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. I have a keen interest in the natural world, especially birds, trees, mammals, insects, flowers and the marine environment. I'm also inspired by people that promote conservation and see why it is so important to save and protect our wildlife. This year I finish my studies and will hopefully be doing work…

Olivia the Bearded Vulture: Not everything goes well in conservation…

By Olivia Taylor The Bearded Vulture is dying out in Southern Africa. One day, all we will have are photographs to remind us of the amazing creatures that once flew in our skies. Regrets and the further erosion of our environment is highly unnecessary. There are less than 100 bearded vulture nesting pairs left. The Ezemvelo Bearded Vulture Project commenced in 2000 to ensure the well-being and conservation of bearded vultures in Southern Africa by tracking these beautiful birds and…

TFT

We're pleased to provide details about the tenth of 12 recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting TFT (formerly the Tropical Forest Trust) to provide core support for the Centre for Social Excellence in Cameroon. Click here to read more. More to follow on Wednesday so watch this space for details on our other funded projects and new partners.

BLOOM Association

We're pleased to provide details about the ninth of 12 recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting BLOOM Association in its campaign to end deep-sea bottom trawling in Europe. Click here to read more. More to follow on Monday so watch this space for details on our other funded projects and new partners.

Meet our new Youth Advisor

We have a new youth advisor, Olivia Taylor. She started up Four Elements Conservation.  To read more about Olivia click here or watch this video.  

Sustainable Development Institute, Liberia

We're pleased to provide details about the eighth of 12 recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting the Sustainable Development Institute, Liberia and its work to address commercial palm oil expansion which is threatening important forests and the livelihoods that depend on them. Click here to read more. Also for those of you who are interested we have added some project updates following the recent confrence Synchronicity Earth helped to support. More to follow on Wednesday so watch this space…

MEP’s say ‘Yes’ to fixing Europe’s fisheries

MEPs yesterday voted overwhelmingly to reform the Common Fisheries Policy. The reforms – which aim to end overfishing by 2015 and restore fish populations by 2020 – were adopted in the European Parliament by 502 votes in favour to 137 against. The CFP reform includes a number of key measures: stocks must be fished at sustainable levels; a discard ban will be phased in; Member States can stop fishing in protected sites; and access to information will be improved. Environmental…

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

We're pleased to provide details about the seventh of 12 recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in its collaborative effort to bring the Critically Endangered Madagascan pochard back from the brink of extinction. Click here to read more. More to follow on Monday so watch this space for details on our other funded projects and new partners. Tweet

Environmental Justice Foundation

We're pleased to provide details about the sixth of 12 recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting the Environmental Justice Foundation and its programme to combat illegal fishing in West Africa by supporting community surviellence. Click here to read more. More to follow on Wednesday so watch this space for details on our other funded projects and new partners.   (Photo: Environmental Justice Foundation) Tweet

Wetlands International

We're pleased to provide details about the fifth of 12 recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting Wetlands International to carry out a user needs assessment. This initiative is the first stage of a much bigger project, currently known as the Global Wetlands Observation System (GWOS). Click here to read more. More to follow on Monday so watch this space for details on our other funded projects and new partners. Tweet

Blue Ventures

We're pleased to provide details about the fourth of 12 recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting Blue Venture and its programme to develop and scale innovative models for marine conservation within the poorest tropical coastal communities. Click here to read more. More to follow on Friday so watch this space for details on our other funded projects and new partners. Tweet (Photo: Blue Ventures)

International Rivers

We're pleased to provide details about the third of 12 recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting International Rivers and its programme to protect the Congo River, focussing on the Inga Dams and Congo’s Energy Divide. Click here to read more. More to follow on Wednesday so watch this space for details on our other funded projects and new partners. Tweet

Bank Information Center

We're pleased to provide details about the second of 12 recently funded projects. Synchronicity Earth is supporting the Bank Information Center (BIC) to carry out a detailed case study to demonstrate gaps in current policies and protections of World Bank financed infrastructure projects, such as dams. Click here to read more. Watch this space for details on our other funded projects and new partners. Tweet

Newsletter

Over the past year our research analysts have been hard at work mapping conservation interventions and identifying gaps in philanthropic spending. From this we are very excited to be forming partnerships with a number of charitable organisations. Our funding is helping to support a wide range of projects from mapping palm oil concessions in the Congo Basin to supporting the conservation of the Madagascan pochard to tackling illegal fishing in Western Africa. Over the last 6 months we also participated…

Moving Forward – Conclusions at CBD COP-11

By Katherine Secoy, Senior Policy Advisor, Zoological Society of London (a role part-supported by Synchronicity Earth). Last May, newly elected Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) secretariat, Mr Braulio Dias, stressed the urgent need for implementation of the biodiversity targets set in Nagoya, 2010, having failed to reach the 2010 targets. At the most recent Conference of Parties of the CBD (COP11), negotiations on financing the implementation of the targets was the main topic on the agenda. A…

Why Conservation is Important

By Henry Ficklin, aged 10. Many animals like the cod, the dodo and the American passenger pigeon used to be plentiful. But now two of these are extinct and the cod is very endangered. This can only be explained by human actions. Humans would use or eat these animals without being worried about conserving them. Numbers declined until they became extinct or endangered. If people had a stronger sense of conservation and the importance of these animals in their ecosystems…

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012, Jeju

One of the key dates in the conservation calendar is now looming – the IUCN World Conservation Congress, taking place between 6-15 September in Korea. This event is only held every four years and brings together leaders from the conservation sector and non-governmental organisations, government and policy makers, public sector representatives, businesses, UN agencies and social organisations. The purpose is to discuss key topics in conservation and links with human, social and economic development. There are two parts to the…

Amphibian Fundraising

Robin Moore (ASG/ASA), a great photographer, got in touch with a young American activist put together a small but very original project to raise awareness about the amphibian crisis. The project requires that we pay some costs up front (about US$15,000), so they started a small fundraising campaign through “kickstarter” – which went live yesterday. The project has 20 days to raise a minimum of US$3,000. If it does not raise that much, then it does not get a penny…

Internship opportunity with Synchronicity Earth

Location: South Kensington, London Duration: Ideally a minimum of 3 days/week for 3 months, although this is flexible Salary: Unpaid (some travel and subsistence costs covered) Deadline for application: 5pm Mon 16th July 2012 Start date: July 2012 Organisational Background: Synchronicity Earth was established in November 2009 with an ambitious vision: a sustainable planet that values the interconnectivity and interdependence of all living things. Our mission is to scale-up and deepen the impact of environmental philanthropy and to deliver effective…

Welcome to the Synchronicity Earth Website

Before we start introducing you to the different things we're thinking, reading and writing about, we'd like to take this opportunity to give you a brief tour of our website! Those of you who visited our previous site will see we've made a lot of changes and have developed a lot in both size and strategy in the last 12 months. Visit the 'About us' section to learn more about our history and why Synchronicity Earth was set up. You'll…