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.

Project Partners

Current Grants

Act Now

ACT NOW! is a community of people who want to ensure their voices are heard in relation to matters of national importance in Papua New Guinea. Synchronicity Earth is supporting ACT NOW! in its campaigns to protect Papua New Guinea's important forest, freshwater and marine ecosystems from logging, palm oil and mining.

Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch aims to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. Synchronicity Earth is funding Amazon Watch's campaign to dissuade European corporate and financial involvment in egregious mega-dams in ecologically and culturally sensitive regions while persuading investors to finance the scaling up of clean renewable energy solutions. 

Amphibian Survival Alliance

 The Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) is a network of organisations with the common goal of addressing the global amphibian crisis. Synchronicity Earth has funded ASA since 2011 to support it to bring together all amphibian interests under one banner and launch the organisation.

BirdLife International

BirdLife International is a worldwide nature conservation partnership that works locally, nationally and globally for birds, for nature and for people. 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.

Bismarck Group Ramu

Bismark Ramu Group (BRG) mobilises communities in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to campaign against environmentally destructive practices on land and in the sea and works in partnerhip with ACT NOW. Synchronicity Earth is supporting Bismark Ramu Group and Act Now to campaign against destructive industries threatening Papua New Guinea’s forest, freshwater and marine ecosystems.

BLOOM Association

Founded in 2004, BLOOM Association aims to protect the oceans by raising awareness and explaining environmental problems through scientific mediation. Synchronicity Earth is funding BLOOM in its work within the European Parliament to phase out destructive deep-sea fishing in international waters.

Blue Ventures

Blue Ventures works with local communities to conserve threatened marine and coastal environments, both protecting biodiversity and alleviating poverty and creating the largest community-managed marine reserves in the Indian Ocean. Synchronicity Earth is funding Blue Ventures to develop sustainable models of local marine management in Madagascar and beyond.

Deep Sea Conservation Coalition

The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC)  advocates for greater protection of the deep seas – the largest remaining wilderness on the planet. Its campaign has focused on protecting vulnerable areas of the deep-sea from high seas bottom trawling - a destructive, wasteful and economically inefficient activity. Synchronicity Earth is funding the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition to advocate for strong European and international legislation to protect the deep sea.

Dynamique des Groupes des Peuples Autochtones

Dyanmique Groupes des Peuples Autochones (DGPA) is a membership organisation for pygmy organisations and organisations working with pygmies (45 organisations) in ten provinces of the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC). Synchronicity Earth is funding DGPA to develop advocacy tools that highlight the link between protecting cultural heritage and improved forest conservation through the use of participatory video.

Environmental Investigation Agency

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an investigative, campaigning and partnership building organisation committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse. Synchronicity Earth is providing core support to the Environmental Investigation Agency

Environmental Justice Foundation

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) works to tackle grassroots issues that are ‘off the radar’. Synchronicity Earth is supporting EJF in its project to help communities in West Africa tackle illegal fishing, while advocating for stricter market and international policy mechanisms to ensure the problem is not displaced.

Eradicating Ecocide

Polly Higgins is a barrister, award-winning author of 'Eradicating Ecocide' and 'Earth is our Business' and an Ecocide Law expert. She is campaigning to bring about an international law of Ecocide by 2020. Synchronicity Earth is providing core support to international lawyer Polly Higgins and the Eradicating Ecocide Campaign.

Forest Peoples Programme

Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) works across the tropics to ensure that forest peoples are able to secure their land rights; are involved (by governments and companies) in decision-making about land-use change; and are free to determine how conservation and development agendas are best reconciled on their lands. Synchronicity Earth is supporting Forest Peoples Programme to pilot an integrated approach to conservation and development with the Ogiek of Mount Elgon and the Sengwer of the Cherangany Hills, Kenya.

Gaia

Gaia Foundation is passionate about regenerating biological and cultural diversity and restoring a respectful relationship with the Earth. Synchronicity Earth is funding the Gaia Foundation to strengthen the capacity of communities across Africa to say no to destructive mining activities on their land.

Global Witness

Global Witness investigates and campaigns to expose the economic networks behind conflict, corruption, environmental destruction and human rights abuses; to hold the perpetrators to account; and to bring about long term change in the systems that allow these activities to persist. Synchronicity Earth is supporting Global Witness to carry out investigative work on rubber plantations in South East Asia.

Green ID

Green Innovation and Development promotes an inclusive approach to sustainable development in Vietnam and the larger Mekong region, with a particular focus on the role of the energy sector and its environmental impact. Synchronicity Earth is supporting GreenID in its five-year program (2013-2017) which seeks to improve the resilience of the Mekong Delta communities to challenges caused by upstream Mekong development activities and other large-scale infrastructure policies.

International Crane Foundation

International Crane Foundation - led by one of world’s top hydrologists - has been working towards rehabilitating the Zambezi River’s environmental flows for more than 15 years. By using scientifically calculated, well-timed and managed environmental flows (Eflows) to mimic more natural water releases and flooding, ICF is helping to restore some of the natural functioning of the ecosystem.

International Rivers

International Rivers was founded in 1985 with the goal to protect the worlds’ rivers and the rights of the communities that depend on them. Synchronicity Earth is funding a project that aims to protect important ecosystems along the Congo River from the damaging impacts of proposed hydroelectric mega-dams and build in-country capacity.

IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit

The IUCN - best known for the Red List of threatened species - is a leading provider of biodiversity knowledge to guide action on the ground, to convene conservation planning and develop advocacy tools. The IUCN’s Freshwater Biodiversity Unit is comprised of some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated freshwater scientists worldwide.

IUCN SSC Species Conservation Planning Sub-Committee

The SCPSC is one of 6 sub-committees of the SSC Steering Committee.  It was established in 2010 principally to move the 130+ Specialist Groups (SG) beyond Red Listing and into effective conservation planning to improve the status of their species. Synchronicity Earth is providing core support to the IUCN SCPSC to enable it to increase effectiveness of species conservation planning.

Living Rivers Siam

Living Rivers Siam is a campaign and research organisation, specialising in mobilising local communities in Thailand to protect riverine ecosystems and the people that depend on them.

Mabuwaya Foundation

The original goal of the Mabuwaya Foundation was to conserve the endemic, critically endangered Philippine crocodile Crocodylus mindorensis. Over the past 10 years the Mabuwaya has developed into the largest environmental CSO working in North-eastern Luzon and the focus has broadened to environmental conservation in general. Synchronicity Earth is supporting the Mabuway Foudation in its intiative to promote community-based wetland conservation in San Mariano, Isabela, the Philippines. 

Mangrove Action Project

Mangrove Action Project (MAP) partners with mangrove forest communities, grassroots NGOs, researchers and local governments to conserve and restore mangrove forests and related coastal ecosystems, while promoting community-based, sustainable management of coastal resources. Synchronicity Earth supports Mangrove Action Project for Community-based Ecological Mangrove Restoration in Thailand

Nancy Sullivan & Associates

Synchronicity Earth is funding Nancy Sullivan & Associates to conduct biodiversity surveys of forest and freshwater systems surrounding the Karawari caves in Papua New Guinea to advocate against extractive industries and make a case for World Heritage Site status.

Oceans Initiative

Oceans Initiative was established in 2007 by Rob Williams and Erin Ashe, two marine biologists based in British Columbia, Canada. They work to protect marine mammals and other endangered wildlife by translating science to effective policy and management. Synchronicity Earth is funding Oceans Initiative to develop a cost-effective and scalable tool to estimate marine mammal abundance, helping to reduce the threat from fisheries bycatch.

One Reef

One Reef works to address coral decline through an innovative partnership model. By connecting Pacific Island communities who own, and are willing to protect, their reefs (but lack the funds and technical know-how to do so) with overseas ‘investors’ keen to save a global public good, it is putting in place the conditions for long-term conservation. Synchronicity Earth is funding One Reef to scale up coral reef protection across Micronesia, while providing long-term sustainable livelihoods to Pacific Islanders.

Project Seahorse

Project Seahorse, based at the University of British Columbia and the Zoological Society of London, is committed to the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s coastal and marine ecosystems. It is the global authority on seahorses and is also the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Seahorse, Pipefish and Stickleback Specialist Group. Synchronicity Earth is funding Project Seahorse to build capacity for seahorse conservation.

Project Wild Thing

Project Wild Thing is a film-led movement to inspire young people and their families to spend more time outdoors, reconnecting with nature. Synchronicity Earth is supporting Project Wild Thing and The Wild Network to help children reconnect with nature.

Rainforest Foundation UK

The Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) seeks to tackle deforestation locally and globally by helping forest communities to gain land rights, challenge logging companies and manage forests and by campaigning to influence national and international laws. Synchronicity Earth is funding RFUK to investigate and raise awareness about commercial palm oil expansion in the Congo Basin.

Réseau CREF

Réseau CREF is a coalition of around 30 local organisations based in North Kivu Province, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Coordinated by Alphonse Muhindo Valivambene, its overarching aim is to improve forest governance and ensure that the dignity and stability of indigenous peoples is enhanced. Synchronicity Earth provides core support to Réseau CREF (Le Réseau pour la Conservation et la Réhabilitation des Ecosystèmes Forestiers / Network for the Conservation and Restoration of Forest Ecosystems).

Shark Trust

The Shark Trust works to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action. Synchronicity Earth funds Shark Trust for its No Limits Campaign in European zoos and aquariums to promote science-based catch limits for the Shortfin Mako, Blue Shark, Tope, smoothhounds and catsharks

Sustainable Development Initiative

The Sustainable Development Institute, Liberia (SDI) is working to transform and improve natural resource related decision-making processes in Liberia by focussing on resource governance and community rights. Synchronicity Earth funds SDI to challenge forest and biodiversity loss from commercial palm oil plantations.

TFT

TFT (formerly known as Tropical Forest Trust) works to help companies transform their supply chains and stop forest destruction. Synchronicity Earth is funding TFT’s Centre for Social Excellence in Cameroon, whose training of future African conservation leaders aims to improve understanding between forestry companies and indigenous communities living in African forests, encouraging dialogue and sustainable forestry management practices.

The AgroEcology Fund

The Agroecology Fund is a collaboration of donors working to coordinate and sustain agricultural systems that build on the existing skills and practices of local farming communities, undergird the food sovereignty and health of the majority of the world’s population, and mitigate the negative effects of climate change on the environment. Synchronicity Earth joined the AgroEcology Fund in 2014.

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Founded in 1946, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is one of the world’s largest wetland conservation organisations. It aims to raise awareness of the value of wetlands and identify and counter threats to their survival. Synchronicity Earth is funding the WWT to support conservation of the critically endangered Madagascan Pochard through community and government engagement in the restoration of degraded freshwater habitat.

Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been active in Kenya for almost two decades, led by Dr Tim McClanahan, one of the world’s leading coral reef scientists. Its long-term presence has allowed it to build up trusted relationships with small-scale fishermen (who represent 80% of Kenyan fishers), government agencies, and other stakeholders, as well as develop a long-term monitoring programme, something that is rare in tropical countries. Synchronicity Earth is funding WCS to empower Kenyan communities in sustainably managing their fisheries and protecting coral reefs.

Zoological Society of London

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and its project partners are members of the Saola Working Group, as such their efforts will input into the wider plan to protect the species. Synchronicity Earth is supporting the ZSL and partners to conduct community-based saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis) population monitoring to increase targeted conservation.

Previous Grants

Below are the organisations who we have worked with previously. For more information on the work undertaken across each portfolio please see below: