Lasting conservation needs local support
The Endangered Forests and other places where we work often overlap with First Nations’ traditional territories and with other communities. We recognize that the enduring success of any conservation effort must include not only support from local communities but also provide benefits them. In order to create a stable economy, we support the efforts
of these local communities to seek economic development opportunities
that fit within a conservation framework.
Learn more about our work to build sustainable local economies >>
Framework for collaboration
Our work in British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest to engage with First Nations and a wide variety of other stakeholders on land-use planning has proven successful, and we look forward to refining this approach. In July 2008, the province of Ontario, home to a large swath of Canada’s Boreal Forest, announced a world-leading commitment to use land use planning for Ontario's Far North. Building on our experience in promoting multi-stakeholder land use planning in the Great Bear, we support First Nations' leadership in the Boreal planning process.
Learn more about First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest >>
Downstream from the pollution
We also support First Nations and communities who are opposing dirty energy projects such as the Tar Sands and coalbed methane developments that have harmful
effects on their communities. For instance, it is believed that
by-products of Tar Sands development may be responsible for the
disproportionate rates of rare cancers and autoimmune diseases in
Learn more about communities downstream from the Tar Sands >>
Power to the people (that means YOU!)
In many other places, we work with smaller community groups and local activists. For instance, we collaborate with Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch (EPFW), a group based in the Sierra Nevada
town of Arnold, California, that is at the forefront of the movement to change the destructive logging practices of Sierra Pacific Industries. We also work with dozens of local citizens and activists in other communities around the U.S. and Canada.
Find out how you can take action >>