by helping the people
People in the project areas
Although we would call our work primarily conservation, "People" is
our main area of responsibility. In the long run, we believe that
nature conservation will only work if we involve people, both in our project regions and globally.
There are many wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and other protected landscapes and wilderness in many countries around the world today. In truth, however, they are often only fragments of former wilderness in a landscape otherwise altered by human use. Often, even if they are sometimes large areas, they are isolated from other protected areas and cut off from human habitation. As the population grows, pressure on these protected areas increases and they "fringe" through illegal logging, agricultural use and poaching. If the respective government is not able to effectively protect the areas, the protected areas are becoming increasingly depleted despite their official status of protection.
The conservation of the future must therefore take place above all outside the protected areas, where humans surround the protected areas and in possible corridor regions between the protected areas.
With a steadily growing world population and the associated pressure to open up new areas for food production, the pressure on existing protected areas and national parks will continue to increase, especially if protected areas do not find the consent of the local population or even against their will and with associated forced relocations were established.
In our work, we therefore rely on the active involvement of people in conservation projects, in the creation of win-win situations, on environmental education and an improvement in the living situation. Of particular importance to us is the support of projects developed by the local village communities themselves, as they capture by far the best of what local people themselves want and need.