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The Turing Foundation seeks to promote and encourage a sustainable and respectful relationship with nature. Respect is in the interest of nature itself. Sustainability ensures that the needs of present generations can be met, without reducing the possibilities of future generations to fulfil theirs.
In trying to achieve these aims, the Turing Foundation limits its scope to the following two areas:

- The protection and sustainable management of the nurseries of the sea in developing countries, the areas in seas and along coasts that have the highest concentration of life and biodiversity.

- sustainable land use in the following developing countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Guinee, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
Most recent projects:
Réserve de Gorilles de Lubutu (REGOLU) and Réserve de Gorilles de Mukingiti & Kingombe (REGOMUKI), D.R. Congo
August 2018
Community-led Nature Reserves, Lubutu, Mukingiti and Kingombe, D.R. Congo, 2018-2021
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world's oldest conservation organisation, founded in... more
Duurzamere landbouw middels best practices video's, Benin, Mali en Kenia
August 2018
Environmentally friendly farming using best practice videos, Benin, Mali en Kenia, 2018-2019
Biovision African Trust (BvAT) was founded in 2009 by the Biovision Foundation... more
Protecting forests by preventing oil palm plantations, Liberia
August 2018
Protecting forests by preventing oil palm plantations, Liberia, 2018-2020
Both Ends collaborates with social and environmental groups from developing countries to achieve a green... more
Monboyo River and Peatland Forest in D.R. Congo
August 2018
Community Forest and Peatland Solutions project, D.R. Congo, 2018-2021
Greenpeace wants to halt logging in the Congo basin, and sees community forestry as a sustainable alternative... more
Sustainable Seas, Inhambane Province, Mozambique, 2018-2021
August 2018
Sustainable Seas, Inhambane Province, Mozambique, 2018-2021
The Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) was founded in 2009 by two American marine biologists who have been working in... more
Sustainable fishing, Madagascar
August 2018
Establishing protected marine areas with local communities, Madagascar, 2018-2019
Blue Ventures works with local communities to find ways to protect marine biodiversity which at the... more
Trees for the Sahel, Regreening North Burkina Faso 2015-2018
August 2018
Trees for the Sahel, Regreening North Burkina Faso 2018
Tiipaalga was founded in 2006 by the Swiss organisation newTree and is its local partner in Burkina Faso,. The organisation... more
Protecting and restoring nature around water sources, Cameroon
August 2018
Protecting and restoring nature around water sources, Cameroon, 2018-2019
LiveBuild works with local organisations and communities on sustainable development in the Anglophone... more
Illegal tree cutting in the Equateur province, D.R. Congo
August 2018
Community forestry in the Equateur province, DR Congo, 2017
Greenpeace is an international campaigning organisation deeply committed to forest protection. Greenpeace is campaigning... more
Nurseries of the sea
Marine Megafauna Foundation Sustainable Seas, Inhambane Province, Mozambique, 2018-2021
The Marine Megafauna Foundation (MMF) was founded in 2009 by two American marine biologists who have been working in Mozambique since 2005. As well as protecting manta rays and whale sharks, the organisation also focuses on research and education. In Inhambane Province, in southern Mozambique, MMF wants to improve marine ecosystem management by combating destructive fishing and raising awareness, knowledge and involvement. Four fishing communities will manage a total of 180 km2 of the adjacent marine area. 180 local leaders and fishermen are being trained to do so and a plan is being developed to monitor biodiversity. A network of ambassadors and guardians is being created by training 90 adults as ambassadors and giving nature conservation lessons at schools. In addition, 100 fishing families are being assisted in finding alternative, supplementary or more sustainable sources of income. These interventions will improve biodiversity in the seas around Inhambane.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €100,000 towards this project (of which, €12,000 in 2018)

Sustainable Seas, Inhambane Province, Mozambique, 2018-2021
Sustainable Seas, Inhambane Province, Mozambique, 2018-2021



Blue Ventures Establishing protected marine areas with local communities, Madagascar, 2018-2019
Blue Ventures works with local communities to find ways to protect marine biodiversity which at the same time have a positive effect on their livelihoods. A total of 65 marine areas are currently managed locally in Madagascar. Blue Ventures aims to increase coastal communities' local capacity to use mobile technology to independently measure, monitor and use fisheries data. This enables more locally managed marine areas to be better protected with lower associated costs.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €120,000 (42% of the total budget) towards this project, of which €54,000 in 2018.

Sustainable fishing, Madagascar
Sustainable fishing, Madagascar



Wetlands International Conserving the biodiversity of the Cacheu Mangroves Natural Park, Guinea-Bissau, 2018
Wetlands International is the global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands, their resources and biodiversity. Their work in West Africa is focused, amongst other things, on the protection of mangrove areas. Wetlands wants to protect the mangrove nature park Cacheu in Guinea-Bissau by improving the running of the park, restoring this important buffer zone and encouraging sustainable use. In addition to strengthening the park management's capacity, Wetland is working with seven local communities to restore 200 hectares of mangrove forest, and teaching better rice production techniques to prevent further felling of mangrove areas. More understanding is needed about the ecological value and current threats, as well as more community involvement. Communities help the park management directly with conservation by restoring degraded areas and reducing pressure that is exerted on the environment by adopting sustainable alternatives, like improved rice cultivation techniques.

The Turing Foundation makes this initiative possible with a contribution of €350,000 (of which €50,000 in 2018).

See also: Other mangrove projects

Conserving the biodiversity of the Cacheu Mangroves Natural Park, Guinea-Bissau
Conserving the biodiversity of the Cacheu Mangroves Natural Park, Guinea-Bissau



Wereld Natuur Fonds Asmat Coastal Wetland, Papua, Indonesië, 2018
Coastal Wetland Asmat, Papua, Indonesia, 2015-2018 WWF Netherlands is part of the WWF, the world's largest and most well-known nature conservation organisation, operating in over 100 countries from offices in 60 countries, including Indonesia. This project aims to protect and encourage the sustainable use of mangrove forests along the south western coast of Asmat and Mimika districts in Papua, Indonesia. The government and local people particularly lack the knowledge to prevent the large-scale disappearance of mangrove forests in the future. For this reason, WWF Indonesia is mapping the area to indicate sensitive and degraded areas, which will serve as the basis for management plans and to teach the local population to monitor developments using geotagging. Seven community groups are being trained to restore and sustainably use an 80 hectare area of mangroves. In addition, the WWF is making sure that environmental education is incorporated into the curriculum so that children learn about the value of mangrove areas.

The Turing Foundation is making this possible by donating €162,500 (of which €25,000 in 2018).

See also:
      Wereld Natuur Fonds: other projects
      Other mangrove projects

The pristine forests of Papua, Indonesia
The pristine forests of Papua, Indonesia



Zoological Society of London Scaling up capabilities for Effective rehabilitation and conservation of mangroves, Philippines, 2018
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) connects science, nature conservation organisations and people on the ground in order to contribute as effectively as possible to nature conservation. It has conservation projects in more than 50 countries, including since 2007 the Philippines.

Since super-typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, there has been increased interest in mangroves and coastal protection in the Philippines. In 2014/2015 the Turing Foundation supported ZSL's training programme to accelerate the transfer of knowledge about proven effective restoration and protection methods. In 2016 ZSL wants to further increase capacity in the Philippines by training an additional 300 trainers and increasing national awareness of the importance of mangroves. This will be done by means of research and raising awareness by organising a third national conference and giving an 'award' for the best mangrove forest.

The Turing Foundation is donating 165,000 to this project (about 50% of the total budget, of which € 50,000 in 2018).

See also:
      Zoological Society of London: other projects
      Other mangrove projects

Scaling up capabilities for Effective rehabilitation and conservation of mangroves, Philippines
Scaling up capabilities for Effective rehabilitation and conservation of mangroves, Philippines



Conservation International Mangrove Rehabilitation, Verde Island Passage, Philippines, 2017
For more than 25 years Conservation International has been doing valuable work protecting nature, and involving politicians, policy makers, business and society in these efforts. Conservation International wants to restore 665 hectares of mangrove swamps, together with the local Filipino population, on the islands of Mindoro and Marinduque by replanting them. Local communities and the government are being given courses to learn about nature conservation, which will result in the better management and monitoring of at least another 1,000 hectares of mangrove and coastal areas. This capacity building and the creation of favourable political conditions are laying the groundwork for the sustainable management of mangroves in the area.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 320,000 towards the work on Mindoro (of which € 100,000 in 2016). This contribution will be used, amongst other things, to restore and sustainably protect 165 hectares of mangroves.

See also: Other mangrove projects

Restored mangroves around a shrimp farm in Batangas, Verde Island Passage, Philippines
Restored mangroves around a shrimp farm in Batangas, Verde Island Passage, Philippines



Stichting de Noordzee Nature-friendly construction of wind farms, North Sea, the Netherlands, 2017
Stichting de Noordzee (North Sea Foundation, SDN) is committed to a healthy North Sea with sustainable fisheries, no pollution, clean energy and protected areas. The Dutch government pledged in its energy agreement of September 2013 that 16% of Dutch energy generation would be 'clean' by 2023. The result will be a considerable expansion of offshore wind farms in the intervening period. SDN sees this as an opportunity to improve the health of the North Sea. Wind farms can be an important catalyst for the protection of a greater area, provided the construction, installation and running of these marine parks is done in a way that is not detrimental to the North Sea's ecosystem. SDN aims to maximise the positive impact of this construction for nature in the North Sea.

The Turing Foundation is contributing 50,000 towards this project.

Nature-friendly construction of wind farms, North Sea
Nature-friendly construction of wind farms, North Sea



Wereld Natuur Fonds Bringing back Bluefin tuna to the North Sea, the Netherlands, 2017
WNF-Nederland is part of the WWF, the world's largest and most well known nature conservation organisation, operating in over 100 countries. The North Sea is the largest nature area in the Netherlands, which the WNF wants to protect by developing sustainable fisheries and creating a network of protected marine areas. The reintroduction of the Bluefin tuna to the North Sea is a supplementary project. This can give a huge boost to the protection work and also indicate a healthier ecosystem. WWF is paving the pathway by building social and political support, developing a tuna translocation programme and by protecting important nursery areas in the Mediterranean.

The Turing Foundation is making this possible by donating €350,000.

See also: Wereld Natuur Fonds: other projects

Bluefin Tuna
Bluefin Tuna




Sustainable land use
Fauna and Flora International Community-led Nature Reserves, Lubutu, Mukingiti and Kingombe, D.R. Congo, 2018-2021
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world's oldest conservation organisation, founded in 1903. FFI is active in 47 countries, including D.R. Congo since 2003. Since 2012, FFI has been collaborating with local communities to manage the REGOLU (Réserve de Gorilles de Lubutu) and REGOMUKI (Réserve de Gorilles de Mukingiti & Kingombe) natural parks. FFI's work in this region has been successful so far. With this project, Fauna & Flora wants to safeguard the results that have been achieved, extend the protected area and help the local population with an alternative way of life to reduce the pressure on the nature reserves. The current patrol teams are being expanded and trained to effectively monitor biodiversity, and new areas are being investigated where FFI can expand its work. FFI also promotes agroforestry, teaching farmers better agricultural techniques and how to derive more income from non-wood products.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €165,000 towards this project (of which, €40,000 in 2018)

See also: Other projects in focus country D.R. Congo

Réserve de Gorilles de Lubutu (REGOLU) and Réserve de Gorilles de Mukingiti & Kingombe (REGOMUKI), D.R. Congo
Réserve de Gorilles de Lubutu (REGOLU) and Réserve de Gorilles de Mukingiti & Kingombe (REGOMUKI), D.R. Congo



Biovision African Trust Environmentally friendly farming using best practice videos, Benin, Mali en Kenia, 2018-2019
Biovision African Trust (BvAT) was founded in 2009 by the Biovision Foundation Switzerland. Both organisations combat poverty and improve living conditions by disseminating information and knowledge about better - organic - farming methods. One of BvAT's programmes is the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative which aims to make organic agriculture mainstream in Africa. Best practice videos are an effective way of increasing the adoption of environmentally friendly and productive agricultural techniques. Sustainable methods are demonstrated in a simple video and explained in an easily understandable way to a large group of farmers and other stakeholders. Collaborating with farmers, BvAT is making ten English and French-language videos in Mali, Benin and Kenya. This will enable at least 5,000 farmers to apply environmentally friendly farming techniques on their land.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €46,000 towards this project (of which, €40,000 in 2018).

See also:
      Other projects in focus country Benin
      Other projects in focus country Mali

Duurzamere landbouw middels best practices video's, Benin, Mali en Kenia
Duurzamere landbouw middels best practices video's, Benin, Mali en Kenia



Both ENDSSustainable Institute for Development Protecting forests by preventing oil palm plantations, Liberia, 2018-2020
Both Ends collaborates with social and environmental groups from developing countries to achieve a green and sustainable global economy through research, influencing policy and mutual capacity building. Both Ends and its local partner Sustainable Development Initiative want to improve the socio-economic situation of communities in Liberia so that they can prevent the establishment of oil palm plantations. This is being done by (1) training members of at least three communities in land valuation, so that they can make an informed decision when selling land rights, (2) informing them about land rights and existing regulations in Liberia, and (3) helping improve their way of living with other or additional sources of income.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €67,000 towards this project (of which, €17,000 in 2018).

See also:
      Both ENDS: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Liberia

Protecting forests by preventing oil palm plantations, Liberia
Protecting forests by preventing oil palm plantations, Liberia



Greenpeace Community Forest and Peatland Solutions project, D.R. Congo, 2018-2021
Greenpeace wants to halt logging in the Congo basin, and sees community forestry as a sustainable alternative to destructive industrial logging and large-scale agricultural plantations. In the period 2015-2018, Greenpeace supported two village communities in Bikoro and Lisala in obtaining a Community Forestry concession, in order to give the local community land use rights. The Turing Foundation already supported this part of the project with a contribution of €110,000. The process is in full swing and requires continuous political lobbying. Greenpeace is continuing the activities from the period 2015-2018 and is assisting the two communities in the final phase. It is also expanding the project with the addition of a third community. The ultimate aim is to have all three concessions approved with a working management plan which will enable the villages to develop socio-economically without degrading the environment. Greenpeace is drawing attention to this project to show the outside world that community forestry is a feasible and better alternative to industrial logging.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150,000 towards this project (of which, €40,000 in 2018)

See also:
      Greenpeace: other projects
      Other projects in focus country D.R. Congo

Monboyo River and Peatland Forest in D.R. Congo
Monboyo River and Peatland Forest in D.R. Congo



TiipaalganewTree Trees for the Sahel, Regreening North Burkina Faso 2018
Tiipaalga was founded in 2006 by the Swiss organisation newTree and is its local partner in Burkina Faso,. The organisation wants to green the Sahel and which requires interventions that are implemented in cooperation with the village communities. Twenty areas of three hectares are fenced off each year in order to give the local environment a chance to regenerate. These scattered green oases have positive carry-over effects in adjacent regions. In addition, 500 hectares of land is being sustainably managed using assisted natural regeneration' methods, which include pruning techniques and contour ridges to counteract erosion The community is being trained in income generating activities that do not consume wood, such as producing honey, nuts and fodder, and each year 10,000 additional women cook on wood-saving ovens.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150,000 in the coming years to expand this work (of which, €25.000 in 2018).

See also:
      Tiipaalga: other projects
      newTree: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Burkina Faso
      Other regreening projects

Trees for the Sahel, Regreening North Burkina Faso 2015-2018
Trees for the Sahel, Regreening North Burkina Faso 2015-2018



Live Build Protecting and restoring nature around water sources, Cameroon, 2018-2019
LiveBuild works with local organisations and communities on sustainable development in the Anglophone western part of Cameroon. Its projects employ a community-driven approach and are related to water. LiveBuild's goal is to improve access to safe water and adequate sanitation. This initiative is by three communities (Manganjo) that want to build a water supply system connecting their villages to a water source above the villages. An essential aspect of ensuring the long-term water supply is protecting and restoring the catchment area by planting trees and encouraging sustainable land use.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €95,000 towards this project (about 50% of the total budget), of which €30,000 in 2018.

See also:
      Live Build: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Cameroon

Protecting and restoring nature around water sources, Cameroon
Protecting and restoring nature around water sources, Cameroon



Greenpeace Community forestry in the Equateur province, DR Congo, 2017
Greenpeace is an international campaigning organisation deeply committed to forest protection. Greenpeace is campaigning for zero deforestation, globally, by 2020, which means no further decline in our rainforests in the Amazon, South-east Asia and the Congo Basin. Sustainable government management of the Congolese rainforest requires a better alternative to impending industrial logging and large-scale agricultural plantations. Greenpeace considers community forestry a sustainable and viable alternative for the D.R. Congo and is helping a number of communities to obtain a Community Forestry concession over the next few years. This will pave the way for other communities and will increase government and donor support for the upscaling of community forestry.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €100,000 towards this 'Solutions' project in the Congo basin forest programme, of which €20,000 in 2018.

See also:
      Greenpeace: other projects
      Other projects in focus country D.R. Congo

Illegal tree cutting in the Equateur province, D.R. Congo
Illegal tree cutting in the Equateur province, D.R. Congo



Partners Pays DogonAssociation Dogon Initiative Green Desert Initiative, Pays Dogon, Mali, 2018-2020
The Partners Pays Dogon foundation (PPD) , in collaboration with its local implementing organisation Association Dogon Initiative, is committed to helping the Dogon, an ethnic group that lives around the Bandiagara escarpment in Mali. They endeavour to improve the quality of life for the Dogon with projects in the fields of education, desert greening, water, women, health and culture. In this project PPD wants to stimulate the natural vegetation growing on the Sahel soils by means of landscape zoning in order to reverse land degradation, decrease erosion and increase soil fertility. Natural windbreaks and planting 27ha of bushes a year helps stabilise dunes and enables water to sink into the ground. Forest zones are being created and fenced off from grazing cattle, 30 farmers grow ten trees every two years with the tools they have been provided with, and women establish food gardens where they learn to cultivate a variety of crops.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €94,000 towards this project (of which, €34,000 in 2018).

See also:
      Association Dogon Initiative: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Mali

Green Desert Initiative, Pays Dogon, Mali
Green Desert Initiative, Pays Dogon, Mali



Tree Aid Regreening projects, Mopti to Segou, Mali, 2017-2018
Tree Aid helps villagers in arid areas in Africa unlock the potential of trees to combat poverty and protect nature. Together with local conservation organisations, such as the Malian Association for the Conservation of Wildlife and the Environment (AMCFE), Tree Aid wants to work via subprojects in order to green a 400 km long corridor between Mopti and Segou. This subproject involves nearly 1,000 farmers in 15 villages in the municipalities Samine and Sakoiba. Farmers learn to manage their land better, which increases tree density per hectare and improves agricultural productivity and soil quality.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €125,000 towards this next phase in the green corridor in Mali (of which, €35,000 in 2018).

See also:
      Other projects in focus country Mali
      Other regreening projects

Villagers planting trees in Mopti region, Mali
Villagers planting trees in Mopti region, Mali



Both ENDSCRESA Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, Niger, 2017
BothEnds and CRESA have been working together since 2010 to encourage farmers to grow trees and plants on their land.

The Turing Foundation has contributed € 268,000 towards this project since 2010. To cover the period until Both Ends has finalised arrangements for follow-up financing, the Turing Foundation will contribute up to € 35,000 towards this project in 2017.

See also:
      Both ENDS: other projects
      CRESA: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Niger
      Other regreening projects

Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, Niger
Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, Niger



Vogelbescherming NederlandNaturama Burkina Faso Greening the Green Wall Initiative, Burkina Faso, 2017
The focus of most of the work of the Netherlands Society for the Protection of Birds (VBN) is in the Netherlands and in countries along 'Dutch' migratory birds' routes, which includes Burkina Faso. Since 2005 VBN has been working in the country with the national nature conservation organisation Naturama to protect bird habitats and improving the livelihoods of people in local communities.

Naturama is working with small local nature conservation organisations to restore the natural environment around Lake Higa using natural restoration techniques and teaching local communities sustainable land use techniques which increase their income. Naturama is also improving national nature conservation plans and the implementation of the 'Green Wall' initiative by sharing its knowledge of and experience with the best tree species. This ensures that ecosystems are protected more effectively in the long term.

The Turing Foundation is donating 50,000 to this project (about 50% of the total budget for 2016 and 2017).

See also: Other projects in focus country Burkina Faso

Greening the Green Wall Initiative, Burkina Faso
Greening the Green Wall Initiative, Burkina Faso



Hortus Botanicus AmsterdamHermitage Amsterdam Energy Exchange Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and Hermitage Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2016-2018
The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is building a connection with the Hermitage Amsterdam's thermal energy storage system. The heat generated in the summer by the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Hermitage, will be transported and stored in water in a huge underground 'thermos'. In the winter this warm water will be used to heat the Hortus's tropical greenhouses. Once the warm water has cooled it will be returned to the thermal energy storage system, and it is then re-used to cool the Hermitage in the summer.

The Turing Foundation is extending an interest-free loan of €200,000 to fund this renewable energy project until the costs have been recovered.

See also: Hermitage Amsterdam: other projects

Energy Exchange Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and Hermitage Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Energy Exchange Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and Hermitage Amsterdam, Amsterdam





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