Our More than Carbon partners2022-06-16T07:34:51+00:00

Our More than Carbon partners

Synchronicity Earth works with locally-led organisations to identify terrestrial and marine partners addressing degraded habitats and overlooked carbon stores. To date, our More than Carbon initiative has provided funding totalling more than USD 950,000 to three locally-led organisations, targeting the triple ‘win’ of biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, and improved community livelihoods.

Forest degradation and fragmentation present major threats to the long-term survival of biodiversity in the Kinabatangan floodplain, a part of Borneo that has already lost 80 per cent of its natural forest to palm oil plantations. The forests that remain are home to many unique plants and animals, but they are highly fragmented, making them vulnerable to further degradation, which also isolates wildlife populations, leaving them at risk of imminent extinction.

HUTAN undertakes its mission to conserve the Bornean orangutan through a holistic, multi-faceted approach. It carries out survey and monitoring work for orangutans; it creates solutions for better management of palm oil plantations; it works with local communities to create innovative mechanisms where local development is compatible with long-term conservation of orangutans and their habitat; it regenerates degraded forests, and it works to influence wider policy in Sabah Province.

Tesoro Escondido is a wildlife reserve located in the province of Esmeraldas, northwest Ecuador. The reserve was created to respond to the critical conservation status of both the remaining Chocó rainforest in the region and the Brown-headed spider monkeys which occupy them. Despite being a globally recognised biodiversity hotspot, this area suffers from some of the highest rates of deforestation in Latin America, with logging and agricultural expansion being key drivers of habitat loss.
The local staff of Tesoro Escondido led by Citlalli Morelos-Juarez are working with Sussex University and the Jocotoco Foundation to conserve this area of land through reforesting areas of degraded habitat and identifying and securing a key wildlife corridor in the Chocó.
They have successfully established a 2,100 ha reserve, employing six full-time and three part time staff (seven of which are parabiologists). To do this, they engage local farmers to conserve their land and pursue sustainable livelihoods, aiming to expand the area under protection between Tesoro Escondido and a neighbouring reserve called Canandé – also managed by the Jocotoco Foundation.

Instituto Juruá is a non-profit organisation formed by conservationists and researchers in close partnership with community leaders and local associations along the Juruá River, in the heart of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

Instituto Juruá provides financial and technical support for community-based initiatives of natural resource management along the Juruá River, Brazil, and offers capacity building opportunities for local communities to help them sustainably manage their natural resources and protect their territory. The team conducts groundbreaking scientific research, implements pioneering conservation projects and offers game-changing education and training opportunities.

Instituto Juruá works with local organisations to design and implement community-protected lakes and fluvial beaches along the Juruá River. This work benefits local populations of commercially valuable pirarucu, also called arapaima, and freshwater turtles (Podocnemis spp), while increasing food security and sovereignty, income generation, infrastructure, and capacity-building opportunities of local communities.

As we develop our More than Carbon initiative, we are constantly exploring opportunities to work with exciting new partners on the ground whose work is bringing benefits for nature, climate and people. Our goal is to work with organisations that are protecting and restoring some of our planet’s overlooked green infrastructure – forests, mangroves, wetlands, peat swamps, seagrasses or other ecosystems – all of which require urgent attention if we are to reverse the impacts of climate change and move towards net zero.

To find out how you can support our More than Carbon initiative, email us at: morethancarbon@synchronicityearth.org

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