Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been working for more than a century to pioneer innovative approaches that make a lasting impact on global biodiversity. FFI’s vision is a sustainable future for the planet, where biodiversity is effectively conserved by the people who live closest to it and supported by the global community. Its mission is to act to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science, and take human needs into account. The Global Trees Campaign, a partnership between Fauna & Flora International and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), aims to ensure the future of the world’s threatened tree species and their benefits for humans and the wider environment.
A 2019 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported the Global Trees Campaign’s work in Brazil, Madagascar, and St. Lucia. In Brazil, the campaign scaled up planting of threatened trees in the Araucaria forest. In Madagascar, it supported local communities that are trying to protect the baobab forest. In St. Lucia, it worked to save the world’s rarest juniper from extinction.
A 2018 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported the Global Trees Campaign’s work restoring endangered trees to Brazil’s Araucaria forest. Decades of logging and intensive farming have destroyed 99 percent of Brazil’s Araucaria forest and more than seventy different tree species are now threatened with extinction. The grant was used to collect seed from more than thirty threatened tree species and train local tree nurseries in methods required to restore threatened trees. It also supported the campaign’s work with local farmers to plant out more than 5,000 trees from at least thirty different threatened species.
A 2016 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported FFI’s work in the Maya Mountain North Forest Reserve. Working together with Ya’axché Conservation Trust in Belize, FFI helped to restore the area through reforestation and planting agroforestry trees. These included nitrogen-fixing trees and timber species, such as cedar, mahogany, and santamaria, in addition to cacao and fruit trees for income-generation and livelihood-improvement.
A 2015 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported FFI’s work in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to ensure that the globally important fruit and nut forests of Central Asia are effectively conserved and sustainably managed. These ancient fruit and nut forests—wild relatives of domesticated varieties including apple, pear, almond, and walnut—are storehouses of genetic diversity and offer potentially valuable insights into increasing disease resistance and adapting to climate change. In addition to hosting this unique global heritage, these forests play a vital role in the livelihoods and survival of thousands of people in the region, including through ecosystem services such as erosion control and water supply and regulation. The project’s long‐term goal is to ensure that the communities and organizations living closest to the forests are empowered to protect them and motivated by meaningful benefits designed to incentivize long‐term conservation.
A 2012-2013 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported the Global Trees Campaign’s activities in Tajikistan, Indonesia, Madagascar, and Belize.