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Man & Nature provides technical and financial support to Southern Civil Society Organizations in the implementation of projects linking human development and biodiversity conservation.

 


The NGO AAFEBEN works in the eastern outskirts of the Dja Biosphere Reserve with 10 community forests. It supports 10 groups comprising of 350 women from the Baka (Pygmies) and Bantu ethnic groups to collect and sell forest products such as wild mangoes and Moabi. It aims primarily to encourage women entrepreneurship projects with a focus on on ethnic minorities.

 


 

A Rocha Ghana (ARG) is a non-governmental organization. With four (4) project offices spread across the Southern and Northern parts of Ghana, ARG have emerged as a committed environmental NGO. They provide practical conservation interventions aimed at contributing to the sustainable management of important ecological habitats, and initiating programs aimed at facilitating certain communities’ ability to adapt to current trends in climate change and other environmental threats. Around Mole National Park, ARG is working with local communities to develop organic shea butter and honey while strengthening the Community Ressource Management Areas (CREMA).


Created in 1998, the NGO Brainforest is a major player in the Gabonese civil society working on forest and environment issues. Brainforest’s «On Mange Local» department’s mission is to preserve food security by promoting local agriculture based on healthy and environmentally friendly production. Brainforest has an in-depth knowledge of the target area and its communities, with which they have already worked for several years. 


CAMGEW (Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch) is a Cameroonian NGO created in 2007.It carries out projects to protect biodiversity while strengthening the capacities of local communities, especially those of women and young people. Its objective is to protect Kilum Ijim forests as a whole by developing beekeeping. 

 



Created in 2003, the CERAF-NORD (Center for Agroforestry Resources, Forestry and Continuing Education - North) aims to promote sustainable development based on the effective participation of rural and urban communities. In recent years, CERAF has provided local civil society organizations with technical assistance and training to restore ecosystems. 


 

The Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire (CSRS) is a research centre active in the fields of biodiversity, food security, environment and health. Its mission is to initiate, encourage, support and carry out research in partnership for sustainable development in Ivory Coast and West Africa. CSRS is actively working with local communities. With its support, they have created in 2016 the very first community-managed Voluntary Natural Reserve in Ivory Coast. 


 

The Cameroonian NGO ERuDeF (the Environment and Rural Development Foundation) has been created in 1999. Its mission is to conserve biodiversity and to protect sensitive ecosystems through research, training, education and community involvement.


In Indonesia, the NGO FOSTER (Rattan Stakeholders Collaborative Forum) brings together the stakeholders involved in the rattan industry. In Lore Lindu National Park’s periphery, FOSTER is working with the local NGO called Jambata. Together, they provide training on nurseries and sustainable resource management, and develop income generating activities with the local communities.

 


The French Association for the Safeguard of the Greater Bamboo Lemur (AFSGH) or HELPSIMUS was created in October 2009. Its mission is to safeguard the Greater Bamboo Lemur (Prolemur simus) in Madagascar by implementing conservation programs that combine scientific monitoring of the species, protection of its habitat, assistance for the development of the villages bordering groups of greater bamboo lemurs and financing the children education. 

 


 

Created in 1997 by university officers and villagers, the non-governmental organization Mbou-Mon-Tour (MMT) works in environmental conservation and local development in DR Congo. Broadly supported by traditional authorities and local communities, many of which are members of the NGO, MMT will collaborate with Local Development and Conservation Committees to develop the project. 


The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) has been a pioneer for conservation in the country since its creation in 1940, due to its actions for housing environments’ conservation and environmental education. The efforts deployed by its members, its partners and its supporters transformed MNS into a platform renowned for the protection of the natural heritage of Malaysia. MNS works hard to ensure that this heritage and the wealth of the Malaysian biological diversity are protected, well managed and kept by and for the local communities.  


Nature et Développement (NatuDev) is a Burkinabe association whose mission is to promote approaches that integrate nature conservation and the development of local populations. His Chairman, Alexis Kabore, has a great experience in this area especially in supporting communities to create and manage Community Resource Management Areas. 


Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC) is a registered non-profit organization in Ghana which is headquartered in Accra.  NCRC is a leading conservation NGO with direct involvement in West Africa and East Africa.  NCRC has been a strong advocate of local ownership in conservation processes.  The Centre works with communities, traditional leadership, governments, civil society and private sector to develop conservation initiatives that are owned and managed by forest dependent communities. 


 

Nebeday is a Senegalese NGO created in 2001 that promotes participatory management of natural resources by and for the benefit of local communities. Its objective is to help people protect resources and to enhance resources’ value by developing environment-friendly income-generating activities.  


Northcode is a non-governmental organization created in 2007. Northcode is strongly involved with the communities living around the Mole National Park. Northcode’s mission is to ensure the empowerment of women in northern Ghana. Their specific focus is the development of beekeeping and the reforestation of degraded areas.

 



The Social Education and Environmental Development Scheme (SEEDS) Trust has successfully carried out several development activities in the Tamil Nadu State in India since its creation in 1997. The objective of SEEDS is to help the poorest communities achieve autonomy and improve their livelihoods by developing a holistic approach towards nature conservation. SEEDS works closely with the Tamil Nadu Forest Department to set up projects in the region.


 

The Cameroonian NGO TF-RD (Tropical Forest and Rural Development), created in 2005, works on the northern outskirts of the Dja Biosphere Reserve in Cameroon. As part of its objective of protecting the Reserve, it helps farmers intensify cocoa production and develop non-timber forest products in the area. TF-RD works with 160 farmers in the area, including 50 women, supports their organization into cooperatives and builds their technical capacities.


The UCFA is the first union of women’s cooperatives in Morocco, that aims to support cooperatives by strengthening the marketing of the member cooperatives’ TISSALIWINE brand products, which cover the entire argan forest area: Agadir - Idaoutanan, Tiznit, Taroudant, Chtouka Ait Baha and Essaouira. It supports women living in the RBA Arganeraie biosphere reserve and their families, by generating income while ensuring the supply and sale of healthy, high quality products on the national or international market.

 


WAPCA (West African Primate Conservation Action) was created in 2001 by employees of different European zoological parks with the objective to conserve endangered primate species in Western Africa, through community development and education. The Ghanaian branch was created in 2005. 

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