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Friends of Conservation
60, Strand,
London, WC2N 5LR
Tel: 020 3667 7017
Email: focinfo@aol.com
Friends of Conservation support a variety of forestry and fuel efficiency programmes either run by us or our partners, which aim to mitigate the effects of climate change by reducing levels of atmospheric carbon as well as providing many other benefits.  These are briefly profiled below:

Greater Mara, Kenya. Wood is used in very large quantities throughout the region, for cooking, heating and construction. Unfortunately the resulting deforestation causes major environmental issues, including loss of habitats, desertification and soil erosion well as the release of many tonnes of CO2 back into the atmosphere. FOC is looking at alternative energy sources which use less wood than a traditional fire, as well as setting up demo biogas units.  In addition, we manage a series of forestry, planting and conservation education programmes, for example, distributing thousands of seedlings annually; many free of charge to hospitals and schools.

Ranthambhore National Park, India. Recognised as a leading tiger reserve, the Park is an island of deciduous forest measuring 392km² in area of which 90% has wood cover. Surrounded by 200,000 people and 1.5 million cattle and livestock, the Park is under continual siege from those seeking fuel, wood and fodder. We support the local Prakratik Society who operate a variety of community programmes including a livestock management programme intended to improve the quality of breeding cattle; increase milk yield and provide the raw material to fuel the biogas programme which is being adopted in many villages as an alternative to precious forest resources. The Prakratik Society also provide community health and education services. Ranthambhore tiger

Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica. FOC works with NGO partners, VIDA, to support community based conservation programmes in the pristine environment of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica.  Located at 5, 000 feet or 1,500 m on the Continental Divide of Costa Rica, this Reserve is one of the first community managed reserves in the country. VIDA’s plans include the acquisition and restoration of adjacent land to the Reserve, and the establishing of forest corridors to support the territories of forest fauna, such as the Resplendent Quetzal bird, American Pumas, Jaguars and Ocelots which require large areas in which to forage and breed.  Jaguar in camera trap

Tambopata National Reserve and Bahhuaja Sonene National Park, Peru. The Amazonian State of Madre de Dios is one of the least populated and least developed regions of the Amazon . With over 590 species of birds and 1230 species of butterfly found in one 55km area it has amazing biodiversity. The Region is endangered from oil and gas prospecting, illegal logging, mining and unsustainable farming practices. Our local partners are seeking to prevent forest destruction through the development of alternative sources of income and environmental education and the promotion of native community initiatives on development problems.

Ecological Restoration and Lynx Conservation, Balkans. FOC supports Euronatur who are working in the Balkan Green Belt - on the borders of Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo - to restore badly degraded habitat and to secure the survival of the Balkan Lynx, one of the most threatened sub-species in the region.  It is thought that less than 100 individuals remain, their numbers having declined through direct persecution; falling prey populations and habitat loss. 

Balkan Lynx in camera trap

Acornhoek, nr Kruger National Park, South Africa. The project provides subsidised solar and fuel-efficient stoves to poor communities living on the boundary of this renowned Park in South Africa, allowing families to move away from open-fire cooking which requires large amounts of wood and can lead to smoke-related illnesses. The area is badly degraded and reducing pressure on existing forested areas will reduce CO2 emissions; protect species and habitats and help reduce soil erosion and the associated silting of rivers.

Parabolic heater

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