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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: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Guinee, Liberia, Mali, Niger, and Sierra Leone.
Most recent projects:
Passing on knowledge about mangrove restoration, Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines
April 2021
Unlocking knowledge on mangrove recovery, Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia, Philippines, 2021-2023
Wetlands International is the global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to... more
Collaborating with coastal communities in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to protect marine resources
January 2021
Collaborating with coastal communities in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to protect marine resources, 2021-2023
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been working on nature... more
Publiekscampagne 'Maak Toekomst', Nederland, 2020-2021
January 2021
Public campaign 'Maak Toekomst', the Netherlands, 2020-2022
The Turing Foundation wants to reach more people and convince them in a positive way to make more conscious and thus... more
Mkwiro village, rolmodel voor duurzaam gebruik van hersteld koraalrif
January 2021
REEFolution sustainable use of restored coral reefs, Kenia, 2021-2022
In Mkwiro village in the south of Kenya, Wageningen University & Research is collaborating with the active... more
Extending community-centred conservation to include agroforestry, Eastern DR Congo
January 2021
Extending community-centred conservation to include agroforestry, Eastern DR Congo, 2021-2022
The Jane Goodall Institute is committed to protecting chimpanzees and their habitat.... more
Habitat Restoration in Loma Mountains National Park, Sierra Leone
January 2021
Habitat Restoration in Loma Mountains National Park, Sierra Leone, 2021-2022
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary looks after captive and orphaned chimpanzees, but also wants to prevent... more
Forest Gardens, Mali, 2021-2023
January 2021
Forest Gardens, Mali, 2021-2023
Trees for the Future aims to alleviate small-scale farmers' poverty and hunger by helping them revitalise land and plant trees. The organisation... more
Restoring Koulikoro, Mali
January 2021
Restoring Koulikoro, Mali, 2021-2022
Tree Aid helps villagers in arid areas of Africa unlock the potential of trees to combat poverty and protect nature. The Turing Foundation... more
Forest conservation by introducing green briquettes, Coyah, Guinea
January 2021
Forest conservation by introducing green briquettes, Coyah, Guinea, 2021
The Milly Mamoudou Foundation helps the Guinean organisation ONG Sarinka in its mission to create employment... more
Nurseries of the sea
Wetlands International Unlocking knowledge on mangrove recovery, Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia, Philippines, 2021-2023
Wetlands International is the global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands, their resources and biodiversity. Wetlands International is one of the five founders of the Global Mangrove Alliance and aims to improve knowledge sharing about effective mangrove restoration. It is working with international, national and local partners on best practices, starting in Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines. With these best practices they are helping governments create good mangrove policy at landscape level. This will be followed by developing a communication strategy to mobilise the global mangrove community, which will ultimately contribute towards more effective restoration of 30,000 hectares of mangrove area in ten countries.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 300,000 towards this project (of which € 105,000 in 2021).

See also:
      Wetlands International: other projects
      Other projects in Tanzania
      Other mangrove projects

Passing on knowledge about mangrove restoration, Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines
Passing on knowledge about mangrove restoration, Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines



Conservation International Sustainable mangrove conservation, Liberia, 2020-2022
Conservation International (CI) is one of the world's largest international nature conservation organisations and has been working for over 30 years towards a healthy and prosperous world in which society values and protects nature. The Turing Foundation has previously supported one of its projects in the Philippines. The organisation has 27 country offices, including CI-Liberia since 2002. CI-Liberia aims to improve management of five protected nature reserves and increase their number to fourteen protected nature conservation areas in Liberia, including the Marshall coastal area. They want to enable 34 communities to protect this area through conservation agreements in exchange for support in a jointly chosen area. This project is making this process possible and enabling them to conduct two surveys that are required for the government to consider giving the area a protected status. An ecotourism plan is being developed to generate income needed to properly manage the area.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 300,000 towards this project (of which, € 100,000 in 2020).

See also:
      Conservation International: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Liberia
      Other mangrove projects

Sustainable mangrove conservation, Liberia
Sustainable mangrove conservation, Liberia



Marine Megafauna Foundation Sustainable Seas, Inhambane Province, Mozambique, 2020-2021
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, €27,000 in 2020)

Sustainable Seas, Inhambane Province, Mozambique
Sustainable Seas, Inhambane Province, Mozambique




Sustainable land use
Wereld Natuur Fonds Collaborating with coastal communities in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to protect marine resources, 2021-2023
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been working on nature conservation in the Coral Triangle for 20 years: the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands. Turing has already given a great deal of support to their work in this region. The WWF wants to stimulate community-led conservation by giving coastal communities the skills, capacity, resources and mandate to effectively protect their marine and coastal areas themselves. The organisation identifies and trains community facilitators, who function as contact people and enable their community to take the lead in conservation. The WWF is assisting fifteen existing community facilitators in PNG in efforts to gain more independence and adding fourteen new community facilitators in the Solomon Islands. Best practice exchanges at a regional level are promoting the adoption of best practices in other areas. This is contributing to the WWF's goal of training 5,000 community facilitators by 2025 to enable coastal communities to protect 'their' nature.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150,000 towards this project (of which, €50,000 in 2021).

See also: Wereld Natuur Fonds: other projects

Collaborating with coastal communities in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to protect marine resources
Collaborating with coastal communities in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to protect marine resources



GreenpeaceDawn Public campaign 'Maak Toekomst', the Netherlands, 2020-2022
The Turing Foundation wants to reach more people and convince them in a positive way to make more conscious and thus better choices which benefit nature and biodiversity. Together with Greenpeace, we have investigated how this can be achieved. The communication agency Dawn has developed a plan for a campaign. We believe we can use this campaign to stimulate a large group of people in a catchy and positive way to make their voices heard and increase the pressure to 'make a future'. We feel that this is the moment to move from consumerism towards a movement ensuring that choices are made at system level for a better future. This will have a lasting impact, ultimately benefiting the earth and, in turn, people.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €1,200,000 towards this campaign and is also doubling third-party contributions towards this campaign up to a sum of €500,000.

See also: Greenpeace: other projects

Publiekscampagne 'Maak Toekomst', Nederland, 2020-2021
Publiekscampagne 'Maak Toekomst', Nederland, 2020-2021



Universiteitsfonds Wageningen REEFolution sustainable use of restored coral reefs, Kenia, 2021-2022
In Mkwiro village in the south of Kenya, Wageningen University & Research is collaborating with the active Beach Management Unit and the local community on coral reef restoration. A special foundation was established for this purpose in 2016: the REEFolution Foundation. REEFolution wants to develop Mkwiro village into a regional role model for sustainable coral reef use, which other villages and areas can emulate, restoring and protecting a larger coastal area. As well as restoration, REEFolution and the local community are developing livelihoods which contribute to sustainable use of the reef. A 200-metre tourist reef is being constructed so that people can learn about marine life and pay for a diving experience but stay away from the natural reef. A processing machine is also being purchased which will be used to process seaweed into products such as soap and skin creams.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €40,000 towards this project (of which, €30,000 in 2021).

See also: Other projects in Kenya

Mkwiro village, rolmodel voor duurzaam gebruik van hersteld koraalrif
Mkwiro village, rolmodel voor duurzaam gebruik van hersteld koraalrif



Jane Goodall Instituut Nederland Extending community-centred conservation to include agroforestry, Eastern DR Congo, 2021-2022
The Jane Goodall Institute is committed to protecting chimpanzees and their habitat. The organisation has been working in the east of D.R. Congo since 2005 to protect a large and important habitat area and has been coordinating the 'Ushiriki' consortium since 2011, which consists of 20 conservation partners working in a forested area of 270,000 km2. The Institute wants to introduce agroforestry as a sustainable land management method once a community forestry concession has been obtained. The concession is important to the community, but guidance on how to subsequently use the area sustainably is equally important. Agroforestry has proven to be a good method for growing and harvesting profitable products whilst also having a positive effect on biodiversity. The Institute is engaging young people by setting up Roots & Shoots groups and developing them into local influencers for nature.

The Turing Foundation is contributing 80,000 towards this project (of which, €40,000 in 2021).

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

Extending community-centred conservation to include agroforestry, Eastern DR Congo
Extending community-centred conservation to include agroforestry, Eastern DR Congo



Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary Habitat Restoration in Loma Mountains National Park, Sierra Leone, 2021-2022
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary looks after captive and orphaned chimpanzees, but also wants to prevent this by teaching children in schools and communities about the importance of nature. The organisation also works with the National Protected Area Authority (NPAA) to better protect their habitat, such as in the Loma Mountains National Park. With this project, the Sanctuary has enabled 21 local communities to do restoration and protection work themselves. The Sanctuary has also strengthened law enforcement and biomonitoring. Over the next two years, communities will grow and plant out 70,000 seedlings, restoring degraded areas in and around the nature conservation park. The payment they will receive will be used to develop nature-friendly income-generating activities such as beekeeping or food gardens.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €52,000 towards this project (of which, €26,000 in 2021).

See also: Other projects in focus country Sierra Leone

Habitat Restoration in Loma Mountains National Park, Sierra Leone
Habitat Restoration in Loma Mountains National Park, Sierra Leone



Trees for the Future Forest Gardens, Mali, 2021-2023
Trees for the Future aims to alleviate small-scale farmers' poverty and hunger by helping them revitalise land and plant trees. The organisation developed the forest garden approach by which a farmer develops an area of 0.5 hectare into an agroforestry area. It will help 500 farmers in Mali set up a forest garden over the next three years. The farmers will be given intensive training in cultivation, sustainable farming techniques and materials such as seeds and tools with which to grow plants. Each area will have a living fence installed, consisting of three rows of plants and trees (2,000 in total) to protect livestock and prevent erosion. In this enclosure the farmers will plant another 1,000 fruit, nut and leafy trees, as well as food crops such as tomatoes, onions, cabbages and peppers. A total of 250 hectares of degraded land will become more productive and richer in biodiversity and 500 farming families' incomes will be increased.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €40,000 towards this project (of which, €20,000 in 2021).

See also: Other projects in focus country Mali

Forest Gardens, Mali, 2021-2023
Forest Gardens, Mali, 2021-2023



Tree AidAssociation for the Development of Promotion and Training Activities Restoring Koulikoro, Mali, 2021-2022
Tree Aid helps villagers in arid areas of Africa unlock the potential of trees to combat poverty and protect nature. The Turing Foundation supported one of their regreening projects in Mali in the period 2016-2018, with good results. With its local partner Association for the Development and Promotion and Training Activities (ADAF/Gallé), Tree Aid is restoring 2,000 ha of degraded land by planting trees and promoting natural regeneration. In close collaboration with the community, they are setting up two nurseries and will eventually plant 14,000 saplings. Farmers are being trained in better land management techniques, such as protecting shoots, better pruning techniques, erosion resistant stone walls and water management. Wood-saving ovens and vegetable gardens are expected to reduce pressure on the ecosystem.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 105,000 towards this project (of which € 25,000 in 2021).

See also:
      Tree Aid: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Mali
      Other regreening projects

Restoring Koulikoro, Mali
Restoring Koulikoro, Mali



Milly Mamoudou Stichting Forest conservation by introducing green briquettes, Coyah, Guinea, 2021
The Milly Mamoudou Foundation helps the Guinean organisation ONG Sarinka in its mission to create employment in two villages in Coyah. This multifunctional park with accommodation which is let to tourists (overnight stays), private individuals (weddings) and companies (workshops), provides 17 people with employment and generates a modest income for new small-scale projects. This project is too large for them to finance. ONG Sarinka wants to restore the ecosystem along the Sarinka River together with the local Jeunes Amis pour le Futur Foundation. Water sources are drying up faster and more and more people feel the need to do something about it. The organisation is doing this with the local population by planting trees, providing an alternative to felling trees - the production of green briquettes, and raising awareness through locally based green commissions. Production units which turn green waste into charcoal are being installed in two villages.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 36,000 towards this project.

See also: Other projects in focus country Guinea

Forest conservation by introducing green briquettes, Coyah, Guinea
Forest conservation by introducing green briquettes, Coyah, Guinea



David Shepherd Wildlife FoundationChimpansee Conservation Centre Alternative livelihoods to protect an important habitat for chimpanzees, Guinea, 2020-2021
The British David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation was founded in 1984 to support initiatives protecting wildlife. The team in the UK does long-term work through local partners and currently supports fifteen projects in nine countries. In Guinea they work with the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre (CCC). CCC takes care of orphaned and confiscated chimpanzees and releases them back into the wild. The organisation also protects an important habitat for 500 chimpanzees in the National Park of Upper Niger, the Kouya and Mafou forests. CCC works with local communities to raise awareness and provide alternative sources of income to ease pressure on the ecosystem. This project involves setting up food gardens, improving the production of bags made from recycled plastic bottles, improving beekeeping and soap production, and expanding to include other women's groups.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €8,500 towards this project (of which, €3,000 in 2020).

See also: Other projects in focus country Guinea

Chimpansee Conservation Centre, Guinée
Chimpansee Conservation Centre, Guinée



Both ENDSSustainable Institute for Development Protecting forests by preventing oil palm plantations, Liberia, 2019-2020
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 2020).

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



Fauna and Flora International Community-led Nature Reserves, Lubutu, Mukingiti and Kingombe, D.R. Congo, 2020-2021
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, €50,000 in 2020)

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



Live Build Protecting and restoring nature around water sources, Cameroon, 2020
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).

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



Institute for Human Activities Post plantation, sustainable agriculture and landscape restoration, D.R. Congo, 2021
The Institute for Human Activities and the local organisation Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise founded a centre, a White Cube, in the middle of abandoned plantations in the interior of D.R. Congo. The idea is that the centre will reverse the unfair colonial plantation system, in which land is depleted and investors (partly) use their profits to support western arts; it is developing and implementing a new art-based agricultural model intended to rejuvenate the exhausted people and land. The goal is to buy 2,000 hectares of land with agricultural and art proceeds and restore the area. In this project they want to install an irrigation system in the twenty-hectare experimental garden, and they want to plant an increasing proportion of the garden with medicinal crops. They are also purchasing 50 hectares of virgin forest to ensure the preservation of this important habitat for extraordinary species, with an important water retention function.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 30,000 towards this project.

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

Post plantation, sustainable agriculture and landscape restoration, D.R. Congo
Post plantation, sustainable agriculture and landscape restoration, D.R. Congo



Coral Reef Alliance Protection and Restoration of the Mesoamerican Reef, Honduras, 2020-2022
Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has been working with local coastal communities since 1994 to protect 'their' reefs, creating a network of healthy and diverse reefscapes that will be able to adapt to climate change. The Mesoamerican region (MAR) has the second-largest barrier reef in the world, along the coast of Belize, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. This project is focused on the Tela Bay coastal area and its thirteen communities. CORAL is helping them strengthen their local management structures, improve monitoring and enforcement of rules, and find alternative sources of income that will reduce dependence on fish. These interventions will combat overfishing, especially of juvenile fish, allowing more fish to live in the reef and keep the coral free of algae.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €66,000 towards this project (of which, €20,000 in 2020).

Protecting and restoring the Mesoamerican Reef, Honduras
Protecting and restoring the Mesoamerican Reef, Honduras



Peace Parks Foundation Biodiversity Conservation Nyika National Park, Malawi, 2020-2022
The Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) advocates the creation and development of transfrontier conservation areas in southern Africa with the ultimate goal of supporting sustainable economic development, biodiversity, peace and stability in the region. The Turing Foundation already supported the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve in Mozambique in the period 2009-2015 and thanks to this support the park has become one of their model parks. Since 2003, the PPF has been involved in the Malawi-Zambia nature reserve, which was officially registered in 2015. Part of this area is the Nyika National Park, which is located on a 2,000-metre-high plateau with a unique climate, landscape and biodiversity. Poaching is the biggest threat to maintaining a healthy ecosystem in the park. It contains extensive, undulating highland grasslands and the PPF wants to increase the effectiveness of patrols by introducing horses and dogs. This will increase the probability of catching poachers; greater effectiveness will eventually reduce poaching.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 300,000 towards this project (of which, € 100,000 in 2020).

See also: Peace Parks Foundation: other projects

Biodiversity Conservation Nyika National Park, Malawi
Biodiversity Conservation Nyika National Park, Malawi



Greenpeace Community Forest and Peatland Solutions project, D.R. Congo, 2020-2022
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 2020)

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



Greenpeace Research phase public campaign, the Netherlands, 2020
The Turing Foundation wants to know if it has a role to play in reaching more people and convincing them in a positive way to make more conscious and thus better choices which benefit nature and biodiversity. If we do have a role to play, we would also like to know what this entails. We are conducting this research project with Greenpeace. Their core activity is involving and activating more people, thereby increasing societal support and the impact of their campaign for a green and just future. Their team is experienced in campaigning, strengthening existing initiatives, and is open to wider involvement to garner more societal support. With our input, Greenpeace is preparing a strategy and a briefing for communication agencies. We will use the concepts to decide in June whether to launch a campaign and, if so, based on which concept. They are providing the man-hours, and we are providing the financing for external costs such as research and reimbursement for communication agencies' pitches.

The Turing Foundation is providing a maximum of € 75,000 for this research phase, ending in June 2020.

See also: Greenpeace: other projects

Research phase public campaign, the Netherlands
Research phase public campaign, the Netherlands



Congodorpen Nature conservation through local community projects, Kwilu district, D.R. Congo, 2020
Congodorpen is a Belgian organisation that works with its local partners on regional development in four provinces in D.R. Congo. The organisation has a bottom-up approach; it focuses on the local community, which preferably takes the initiative. This project supplements a broader ongoing programme and arose from a local need to tackle conservation and environmental problems. The members of nineteen local development committees are learning about nature conservation and how they can encourage residents of 187 villages to take action. A fund will be provided for at least 280 small projects to protect nature and the environment in the villages. Together with the villages, the organisation has identified projects for restoring biodiversity (including agroforestry), protecting local resources (including wood-saving ovens) and combating pollution (including waste management).

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

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

Nature conservation through local community projects, Kwilu district, D.R. Congo
Nature conservation through local community projects, Kwilu district, D.R. Congo



Partners Pays DogonAssociation Dogon Initiative Green Desert Initiative, Pays Dogon, Mali, 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, €30,000 in 2020).

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

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



Rainforest Foundation UK A geospatial database to facilitate the growth of community forestry, D.R. Congo, 2020
Rainforest Foundation was founded in 1987 and collaborates with an American organisation focused on forests in Latin America and a British organisation (RFUK) focused on forests in the Congo Basin. RFUK has been working on the development of Community Forestry in D.R. Congo since 2010. Community Forestry is about concessions granting land usage rights to local communities and is a good model for economic development without cutting down rainforests. There is enormous potential, increasing interest and RFUK anticipates rapid growth. RFUK has developed a database to record all concessions transparently. It wants to further develop the beta version in 2020 and encourage good use of it. RFUK is helping local organisations learn how to collect and process information; it is also training the responsible national and provincial authorities to manage and use the database.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 60,000 in 2020.

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

A geospatial database to facilitate the growth of community forestry, D.R. Congo
A geospatial database to facilitate the growth of community forestry, D.R. Congo



Biovision African Trust Environmentally friendly farming using best practice videos, Benin, Mali en Kenia, 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.

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

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





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