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Blog Posts tagged with “community”

  • Rubbish Rivers

    By Lucilla Partridge In the spirit of engaging young people who are involved in conservation, please see below a new blog from Lucilla Partridge who is giving her own perspective. Hi! I’m really sorry that I haven’t blogged in a while but I promise that I will make it up to you. I cannot believe how quickly this year has…

  • 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…

  • Climate and Biodiversity: How can we take meaningful action?

    With the world’s leaders meeting in Paris at the beginning of December to set targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the timing seemed right to host an evening, led by two expert speakers, to discuss the realities of climate change. Does the global process work? What is happening below government level? How are landscapes and wildlife changing in response to…

  • Experience is everything. Well, it counts for a lot - especially in conservation

    I've just returned from visiting Hutan, one of the organisations we support in Sabah, Borneo. I went because at its heart, it is about orang-utans, and at my heart, one might say I'm about orang-utans too. I've met many of our project partners - we are lucky to be based in London, a city so many people pass through -…

  • Q & A With Louis Masai – The Coral Mural and Campaign

    We asked artist Louis Masai about the process of painting the LondonLovesCorals mural in Shoreditch, and about his hopes for our broader coral campaign. The mural was started on 10th September, sparking tremendous social media interest, with people asking Louis to add their favourite coral-dependent species to the composition. The completed painting is becoming a landmark for London street-art tours,…

  • Bringing a Reef to Life

    On 11th September 2015, talented artist, Louis Masai, began a new collaboration with Synchronicity Earth. His Mission: to paint a 60 foot mural on a wall in Shoreditch, London. He started with a globe – its continents fringed with dead reef structures. Throughout the week, viewers were treated to the sight of an ecosystem coming to life. First came the…

  • Pope Francis’ encyclical

    Long before its publication on June 18th 2015, Pope Francis’ encyclical – Laudato si’ (subtitled “On the care of our common home”) – was subject to intense media speculation. A strong pro-environmental message was anticipated which, given the Pope’s reformist reputation, appealed particularly to those who saw the need for spiritual leadership: others hoped to dissuade the Pope from intervening…

  • EPIC project is back at Koh Klang village with Projects Abroad volunteers

    This blog was first published on 23rd February 2015 by Synchronicity Earth partner Mangrove Action Project. On February 13th, 2015, 12 volunteers and 2 staff members from Projects Abroad together with 1 project manager from IUCN, 3 staff from MAP-Asia and 6 villagers from the Klong Prasong district were back in Koh Klang village to work at EPIC-CBEMR site # 2.…

  • White-bellied Heron Working Group established

    After discovering the plight of the world’s second largest heron and one of the most threatened birds globally, I felt a need to do something to help kick-start collaboration between the range states and to increase action and interest in the species. I identified some of the most dedicated White-bellied heron conservationists and researchers but as I got to understand…

  • Petition on land grabs in Papua New Guinea

    NGOs and local communities in PNG are collaborating to oppose the vast land-grabs currently underway on the island. In total more than 5 million hectares of land (around 11 per cent of the country) have been taken from local communities using a mechanism known as Special Agriculture and Business Leases (SABLs). As a result, forests have been destroyed and rivers degraded;…

  • World Bank moves to undermine the rights of indigenous peoples

    Earlier this week Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) and the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) (one of Synchronicity Earth’s partners) provided a statement to the World Bank highlighting the serious concerns indigenous peoples have regarding the World Bank’s proposed (leaked) new standards for projects impacting on indigenous peoples, and specifically a shocking new ‘opt-out’ clause. Read FPP and AIPP's press release…

  • When our land is free, we’re all free

    By Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor and Jacinta Fay In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Silas Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor and Jacinta Fay. Silas Kpanan'Ayoung Siakor is a campaigner on Community Rights and the founder of the Sustainable Development Institute/Friends of the Earth, Liberia. Jacinta Fay is a community worker and campaigner for the Community Rights…

  • Dams and the World Bank

    Last week, we reported that the World Bank had indefinitely withdrawn its support for the Inga III dam in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This seemed, at first, to be good news. However, on Monday our partners - International Rivers - reported that the World Bank now plans to develop the dam as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), rather than as…

  • Conservation success in motion

    Last night, Synchronicity Earth hosted a small event about large-scale dams. During it, we showed Todd Southgate’s DAMOCRACY, a story of resistance against two of the world’s most controversial dams – the Belo Monte in Brazil and the Ilisu Dam in Southeastern Turkey. The film was recently screened at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada and is attracting…

  • Sengwer update

    We recently wrote about the imminent forced evictions of Sengwer people from their forest homes in Kenya in the name of conservation. We are supporting FPP to work in this region to trial the Whakatane Mechanism which is working with indigenous peoples to develop a new approach to conservation. Last week concerns about violence and forced evictions became a reality.…

  • Good news from US Congress

    The World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank funded the Chixoy Dam in Guatemala, built in the 1970s and 80s. This dam resulted in some of the worst human rights abuses of our time - over 3,500 indigenous Maya Achi people were forcibly displaced from their homes and shockingly, more than 440 people were killed. Finally, after more than thirty…

  • Eviction for “conservation”: the case of the Sengwer in Kenya

    In December, one of our partners, Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), informed us that the Sengwer are facing imminent eviction from their ancestral home in the Embobut Forest in the Cherangany Hills of Kenya. At the beginning of January, forest guards arrived in the area to begin forcibly evicting people from their homes. This is being done in the name of…

  • 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.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • SDI Response to Recent Smear Campaign

    Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), Liberia has been subject to a smear campaign in the national media following the release of a report and fact sheet about the social and environmental impact of Sime Derby's palm oil operations in Liberia. Today, it issued a press release, outlining the role of particular government officials in spearheading the disinformation campaign, and highlighting the…

  • 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…

  • Will Congo’s Poor Benefit from World’s Largest Dam Project? Part Two

    By Rudo Sanyanga In the spirit of engaging with our partners please see below a blog by Rudo Sanyanga. Rudo is the Africa Program Director at International Rivers, one of our partners within our freshwater portfolio. This is the second of three blogs by Rudo that looks back on a scoping trip that was undertaken as part of the project…

  • The Goldman Environmental Prize

    In April 2013, the winners of the Goldman Prize for Environmental Excellence were announced. Awards were granted to six activists from around the world doing amazing work to protect their environment and the people that depend on it. Winners included: Jonathan Deal from South Africa, who led a successful campaign against fracking in South Africa to protect the Karoo, a…

  • 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…