The Conservation Collective is a network of local foundations. They fund grass-roots conservation initiatives to protect the environment, restore nature and safeguard against climate change.
There are 15 organisations worldwide doing their bit to build the capacity of local environmental organisations to protect our planet for future generations. By joining this global family, the Lamu Environment Foundation (LEF) is gaining access to an invaluable network of experts and activists many of whom are tackling the problems faced here in Lamu.
- Menorca Preservation Society attempting to create a Plastic Free Menorca
- Lanka Environment Fund working to save the Vidattaltivu Nature Reserve – the largest remaining contiguous mangrove forest
- Barbados Environmental Conservation Trust who are boosting coral regeneration
This global Conservation Collective family allows for best practices to be shared worldwide while fostering a ‘virtual’ global team to ensure maximum collaboration. Each fund is apolitical, independent, not for profit and privately funded. And all work effectively by involving, empowering and strengthening local communities in order to build capacity and create the maximum potential positive impact.
This model has proved to be a way of increasing philanthropic funding for the environment by engaging new types of donors and turbocharging the work of local environmental champions.
“Everywhere you look there are brilliant, passionate people working to create positive environmental change. Often, they work to advance their projects and campaigns with little or no budget. The aim of the local environmental re-granting funds of the Conservation Collective is to make it easy for individuals and local businesses to provide financial support to the most effective organisations working for the protection and restoration of the natural environment of the place that they love. Small amounts of funding, strategically directed, can supercharge this work – as we are seeing across the places in which we have created these funds.”
Ben Goldsmith – Founder, Conservation Collective