Synchronicity Earth believes that the most effective conservation is led by local people and communities. By using this principle to guide our efforts supporting conservation around the world, we aim to support the people who have the best understanding of regional contexts so they will have the greatest chance to succeed.
Synchronicity Earth is a UK-based organisation funding, supporting and working with local partners across the world with a focus in tropical regions, including West and Central Africa; Southeast Asia; Melanesia; and Latin America. To benefit from local expertise, we have established a network of affiliates who live within and/or are from some of our most crucial regions to help steer our programmes.
Our affiliates are highly experienced individuals with a host of amazing and applicable skills, including in Brazil and wider Latin America; Cameroon; and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As we expand this model, we will reduce the need to travel, thereby decreasing our own impact on the planet and reducing the costs and risks associated with traveling to certain regions. Another benefit is that local affiliates are likely to remain within the target region, so the skills and knowledge developed during their time as an affiliate is likely to be retained within the local conservation community, where it is most needed.
We believe locally-led conservation is vital to success and therefore the more we can support this approach, the more we can contribute to strengthening the skills and knowledge of people with the greatest and most sustainable means to make a difference.