Impact

Since 2019 ICF has delivered targeted support to ICFC projects. This page describes some of the impacts of ICFC projects dating from 2007.


Highlights of project conservation outcomes:

  • Since 2009, 10 million hectares of the Brazilian Amazon has been protected in partnership with the Kayapo Indigenous People.
  • 50 project areas combined cover 15 million hectares — an area larger than most of the world's countries — and are home to 431 Threatened or Near Threatened species - and these are just the ones we know about!
  • Land has been purchased totaling over 11,000 hectares for 12 nature reserves of high conservation value.
  • There are large climate co-benefits from the work. The prime example is the Kayapo Project. Based on conservative estimates, the project is achieving avoided emissions of 30 Megatonnes of carbon or 110 Mt CO2e each year, at a cost of a few cents per tonne of CO2e.
  • Long-term finance has been put in place to protect Peru's first conservation concession (Los Amigos), a diverse old-growth Amazonian forest that indirectly protects an additional million hectares, including a reserve for uncontacted indigenous people.
  • Mali's "desert elephants" owe their survival to a project that has benefited humans and elephants over an area of 40,000 km2. Remarkably, in a region beset by armed militants, this project has brought striking security benefits.
  • The hooded grebe in Patagonia is no longer declining toward extinction due to the project work there to remove invasive predators.
  • The Shorebird Initiative is protecting shorebirds at key stopover and wintering sites in Latin America including threatened piping plovers, red knots, buff-breasted sandpipers, Hudsonian godwits, and others. In Asia our work is vital in the global efforts to save the world's most endangered migratory shorebird — the spoon-billed sandpiper.
  • The Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP), has been a phenomenal success in using remote sensing data to detect and make public the precise locations and causes of deforestation, leading to early government intervention. In 2019 MAAP covered 83% of the Amazon and aided the Peruvian government in achieving a 92% reduction in illegal goldmining in La Pampa through Operation Mercury.
  • Marine Conservation Cambodia has developed an effective, inexpensive anti-trawling device that doubles as an artificial reef to safeguard marine protected areas against destructive illegal bottom-trawling.
  • In Lake Malawi, a biodiversity hotspot with about 1000 fish species (most found nowhere else), fish populations are recovering and livelihoods improving thanks to the project's support for community-led Fisheries Management Committees.
  • The project in Sulawesi (Indonesia) has shifted cultural attitudes toward conservation and is responsible for the only population of the Endangered maleo bird that is increasing.
  • Thanks to support from a Canadian family foundation, protection at South Africa's most important rhino reserves has been strengthened, reducing poaching rates.
  • In Bolivia, the number of the Critically Endangered blue-throated macaw has increased and the Beni Savanna ecosystem protected.

Benefits to people

Humans benefit from these projects directly and indirectly. In a typical year:

  • 1,410 are employed or otherwise financially assisted in carrying out project (conservation) activities
  • 48,784 people are assisted in developing or improving sustainable livelihoods (e.g. ecotourism, fishing, agroforestry, non-timber forest products such as Brazil nuts, traditional handicrafts, beekeeping)
  • 7,524 are volunteers & others carrying out project activities or involved in project-led community resource management
  • 186,480 are engaged through education/outreach or consultation such as community meetings
  • 2.7 million benefit from ecosystem services (e.g. water, non-timber forest products, risk reduction for landslides etc.)

The entire world benefits from climate mitigation associated with these projects. And not easily quantified is the large effect some of the projects have had in communities and across regions instilling pride in iconic wildlife species and appreciation of conservation needs. The work has spawned shorebird festivals in Patagonia and festivals celebrating the maleo and sea turtles in Sulawesi, where a political election campaign poster said, "You should love me as much as you love the maleo!".

Training of Forest Guards in Nepal.  Photo: Red Panda Network
Training of Forest Guards in Nepal for protection of red panda and forests. Photo: Red Panda Network

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