Congo Basin  


Synchronicity Earth supports communities and indigenous peoples to revive ecosystems and biodiversity through regenerative approaches, for example, by championing agro-ecological approaches to food production. By promoting integrated, beneficial and holistic models of development, our aim is to help ensure that that economic growth does not come at a heavy price for people and their environment. 

We support interventions that promote and replicate successful examples of nature-friendly living, whilst at the same time creating, strengthening, implementing and enforcing laws that protect nature and people.

Image: Ollivier Girard/CIFOR (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

We help our partners to explore alternative development pathways by:

Supporting regenerative approaches to development and food production.

Promoting approaches to food production such as agroecology, placing nature and people at the heart of activities and helping to preserve ecosystems in ways that also benefit people whose lives depend on the forest.

Encouraging best practice where protected areas or REDD+ projects are established.

Where there are existing initiatives in place, we work with our partners to encourage best practice (e.g.,Free Prior Informed Consent or shared benefits), including improving relationships between park/project staff and local communities.

Working with our partners to co-create opportunities for broader more far-reaching change.

In the longer term, we support the development and implementation of new laws that place nature and people at their core and create an enabling environment for bottom-up ‘alternative development’ movements to develop, e.g., around agroecology.

* Images (L to R): Rainforest Foundation UK; Ollivier Girard/CIFOR; Chris Scarffe

“Supporting efforts to build communities’ livelihoods and developing ‘community forests’ secures their lands against complex ‘development’ projects and land-grabbing from corporates and political elites. This is key for indigenous peoples and other forest-dwelling communities, whose voices are hardly heard in the political sphere.”

Samuel Nnah Ndobe, Land Rights activist, Cameroon