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The Turing Foundation strives for healthy balance in our ecosystem. This means protecting our climate, protecting biodiversity in the sea and protecting biodiversity on land. It requires a sustainable and respectful approach to nature that meets both current needs and those of future generations.
In trying to achieve these aims, the Turing Foundation limits its scope to the following areas:

- The protection of our climate

- 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:
Green Desert Initiative phase II, Mali, 2022-2025
October 2022
Green Desert Initiative phase II, Mali, 2022-2025
This is the Turing Foundation's second donation towards the Green Desert Initiative of Partners Pays-Dogon. The first projects... more
The Wonegizi mountain range, Liberia
October 2022
Conserving the forest ecosystem of Wologizi-Wonegizi, Liberia, 2022-2025
Two rainforests, Wologizi and Wonegizi in northern Liberia, are seriously threatened by poaching, mining and... more
Building an independent and sustainable community forests database, DR Congo
October 2022
Building an independent and sustainable community forests database, DR Congo, 2022
Rainforest Foundation was founded in 1987, with an American organisation focused on forest... more
Monboyo River and Peatland Forest in D.R. Congo
October 2022
Community Forest and Peatland Solutions project, D.R. Congo, 2022
Greenpeace wants to halt logging in the Congo basin, and sees community forestry as a sustainable alternative to... more
Professionalisering Jonge Klimaatbeweging, 2022-2025
July 2022
Professionalisation of the Jonge Klimaatbeweging, 2022-2025
The Jonge Klimaatbeweging (Young Climate Movement campaigns for a world in which young people have a say in their future... more
Passing on knowledge about mangrove restoration, Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines
July 2022
Unlocking knowledge on mangrove recovery, Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia, Philippines, 2022-2023
Wetlands International is the global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to... more
Sustainable mangrove conservation, Liberia
July 2022
Sustainable mangrove conservation, Liberia, 2022
Conservation International is one of the world's largest international nature conservation organisations and has been working for... more
Protecting and restoring the Mesoamerican Reef, Honduras
July 2022
Protection and Restoration of the Mesoamerican Reef, Honduras, 2022
Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has been working with local coastal communities since 1994 to protect 'their' reefs,... more
Biodiversity Conservation Nyika National Park, Malawi
July 2022
Biodiversity Conservation Nyika National Park, Malawi, 2022
The Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) advocates the creation and development of transfrontier conservation areas in southern... more
Climate
Jonge Klimaatbeweging Professionalisation of the Jonge Klimaatbeweging, 2022-2025
The Jonge Klimaatbeweging (Young Climate Movement campaigns for a world in which young people have a say in their future and caring well for the planet is only natural. It is fighting for a future-proof society centred on justice and empathy. The Movement is based on a clear idea: young people deserve a voice to shape their own sustainable future. They are the generation which will have to live with the consequences of climate change. The decisions taken today will determine how tomorrow's world will be. In our society, tomorrow's world is in the hands of today's politicians, policy makers and business leaders. For this reason it is vital for young people's voices to be heard. The Turing Foundation's support will help the organisation professionalise. Volunteers' travel costs will now be reimbursed, the board will receive a higher remuneration and an office will be rented. In addition, the Turing Foundation's support will contribute towards circulating the vision document entitled 'de Jonge Klimaatagenda 3.0' (the Young Climate Agenda 3.0) amongst policy makers and a large group of young people.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 150,000 towards this project (of which, € 60,000 in 2022).

See also: Other climate projects

Professionalisering Jonge Klimaatbeweging, 2022-2025
Professionalisering Jonge Klimaatbeweging, 2022-2025



Coral Reef Alliance Protection and Restoration of the Mesoamerican Reef, Honduras, 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, €16,000 in 2022).

See also: Other climate projects

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



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
      Other climate projects

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



Biodiversity in the sea
Wetlands International Unlocking knowledge on mangrove recovery, Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia, Philippines, 2022-2023
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 € 95,000 in 2022).

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, 2022
Conservation International 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 mangrove projects in the Philippines. The organisation has 27 country offices, including Conservation International Liberia since 2002. This country office aims to improve management of five protected mangrove 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 2022).

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

Sustainable mangrove conservation, Liberia
Sustainable mangrove conservation, Liberia



Wereld Natuur Fonds Collaborating with coastal communities in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to protect marine resources, 2022-2023
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 2022).

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



Universiteitsfonds Wageningen REEFolution sustainable use of restored coral reefs, Kenia, 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, €10,000 in 2022).

See also: Other projects in Kenya

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




Biodiversity on land
Partners Pays Dogon Green Desert Initiative phase II, Mali, 2022-2025
This is the Turing Foundation's second donation towards the Green Desert Initiative of Partners Pays-Dogon. The first projects supported by Turing were focused on countering environmental degradation: planting trees, planting Euphorbia on dunes to stabilise them, preventing erosion using dams made of sandbags, making agreements with farmers to protect areas from tree felling, trees on farmers' fields, tree nurseries, wood-saving ovens, teaching people how to harvest wood without killing trees - everything to kickstart regeneration. Restoration is still the core of the Green Desert Initiative; it has been expanded over the years with projects focused on food supply - in this region that is dependent on natural conditions. Market and school gardens, coupled with education, are used to disseminate ecological techniques amongst the people; nurseries not only help restoration but increase economic activity.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150,000 for three years. Turing's contribution has enabled various subprojects to be implemented, creates continuity for the local organisation and expands the impact of past achievements.

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

Green Desert Initiative phase II, Mali, 2022-2025
Green Desert Initiative phase II, Mali, 2022-2025



Fauna and Flora International Conserving the forest ecosystem of Wologizi-Wonegizi, Liberia, 2022-2025
Two rainforests, Wologizi and Wonegizi in northern Liberia, are seriously threatened by poaching, mining and rapidly increasing agricultural activity. As local communities have few alternatives, there is increasing interest in commercial activities that will damage the rainforest further. Fauna and Flora International, the only nature conservation organisation working in the area, wants it to be given formal protected status. It also wants to support local communities in demanding their rights and improve policing capacity to ensure that the forests are not exploited illegally. The two rainforests are essential for conserving biodiversity and retaining CO2. Wologizi currently retains 100,000 tonnes of CO2 and Wonegizi 35,000 tonnes. Preventing deforestation will avert the release of this CO2.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150,000. Turing's support will contribute towards the protection of threatened species and reducing poaching. In the long term it will contribute towards recognised rights for the local communities by adapting national legislation.

See also:
      Fauna and Flora International: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Liberia

The Wonegizi mountain range, Liberia
The Wonegizi mountain range, Liberia



Rainforest Foundation UK Building an independent and sustainable community forests database, DR Congo, 2022
Rainforest Foundation was founded in 1987, with an American organisation focused on forest conservation in Latin America and a British organisation (RFUK) focused on forest conservation in the Congo Basin. An effective way of conserving forests is by giving land rights (concessions) to the communities living there: community forestry. RFUK has been working on this since 2010 and the importance and potential of community forestry is growing. There are more than 75 million hectares of forest eligible for community forestry. So far, more than 108 concessions have been approved for an area covering two million hectares (the figure was 1.1 million hectares in 2019), and 37 concession applications are pending. RFUK developed a database in 2019 to record all concessions transparently. Turing supported the organisation in 2020 and more software development, training, fundraising training and government-level lobbying is needed before the database can run independently.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €70,000, of which €55,000 in 2022.

See also:
      Rainforest Foundation UK: other projects
      Other projects in focus country D.R. Congo

Building an independent and sustainable community forests database, DR Congo
Building an independent and sustainable community forests database, DR Congo



Greenpeace Community Forest and Peatland Solutions project, D.R. Congo, 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 in 2019-2023 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.

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



Peace Parks Foundation Biodiversity Conservation Nyika National Park, Malawi, 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, € 50,000 in 2022).

See also: Peace Parks Foundation: other projects

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



Forgotten Parks Foundation Creating an alternative for illegal natural resource exploitation in Upemba, D.R. Congo, 2022
Since 2017, Forgotten Parks Foundation (FPF) has been the official park manager of Upemba- Kundelungu National Parks Complex together with Institut pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN). The park complex is a unique contiguous nature reserve covering a total of 30,000 km2 that has suffered considerable degradation thanks to a lack of monitoring and protection. The FPF wants to conserve nature and protect the ecosystem by combating poaching and unsustainable extraction of raw materials. The organisation will 1) work with the government and communities to ensure proper law enforcement, 2) protect and restore biodiversity, which includes species reintroductions, and 3) as the park manager, the park will take the lead in sustainable socio-economic development with government and businesses in Katanga, one of the richest provinces in the DRC. They face an enormous fund-raising challenge and Turing's donation contributes towards achieving three ambitions: preparing an aircraft for service, better sanitation for rangers and preparing three additional cars for service.

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

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

Creating an alternative for illegal natural resource exploitation in Upemba, D.R. Congo
Creating an alternative for illegal natural resource exploitation in Upemba, D.R. Congo



Jane Goodall Instituut Nederland Extending community-centred conservation to include agroforestry, Eastern DR Congo, 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 2022).

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, 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 2022).

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, 2022-2023
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 2022).

See also: Other projects in focus country Mali

Forest Gardens, Mali
Forest Gardens, Mali



Fauna and Flora International Community-led Nature Reserves, Lubutu, Mukingiti and Kingombe, D.R. Congo, 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, €20,000 in 2021)

See also:
      Fauna and Flora International: other projects
      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



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





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