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A sustained presence in the Intag Valley for over 20 years, DECOIN provides essential support to communities resisting mining interests, conserving over 12,000 hectares of Andean biodiversity and advancing alternative livelihood options for 38 communities.…

Under the leadership of local Dayak communities, Yayasan Planet Indonesia creates conservation compacts and community businesses that provide sustainable livelihoods, enhance local resilience, and protect intact native ecosystems.…

Public Foundation 'Zhassyl Azyk' utilizes sustainable alfalfa production to restore soil fertility, conserve water, and improve agricultural yields in a drought-prone region of Kazakstan, providing scalable solutions that address global challenges of food security, land degradation, water scarcity, and adaptation to climate change.…

The Kuruwitu Conservation and Welfare Association is the first locally managed marine area in Kenya, a 'small but beautiful' initiative grounded in local community needs that has become a nation-wide model for sustainable fisheries, sea turtle protection, and small-scale businesses for better livelihoods.…

The Mali Elephant Project promotes social cohesion, reduces violent extremism, and protects a critical population of the endangered African elephant through dynamic community-led natural resource management, support for alternative livelihoods, and a youth 'eco-guardian' initiative in a conflict zone.…

This first community-based initiative of its kind, Mikoko Pamoja advances mangrove restoration through carbon credit-based payments for ecosystem services, and reinvests profits in the local community.…

Engaging at the nexus of nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and gender, Swayam Shikshan Prayog empowers 72,000 women in the drought-prone state of Maharashtra to act as decision-makers, improving their health, food security, and economic well-being.…

After their 192-hectare mangrove forest protected them from a devastating tsunami, the community of Baan Bang La rallied to secure forest management rights, a process which has ensured ecosystem health, increased populations of endangered species, built disaster resilience, and generated opportunities for small business owners.…

Tackling acute human-snow leopard conflicts in Pakistan, Baltistan Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization works in 17 villages to protect Baltistan’s snow leopards through insurance schemes and financial compensation against livestock losses following snow leopard attacks.…

This association of 86 community-owned businesses has created a homestay web portal for sustainable jobs through ecotourism, guaranteeing hospitality standards and environmental sustainability while enhancing community well-being.…

Led by women from seven communities in the northern coastal plain of Belize, Community Baboon Sanctuary Women's Conservation Group has improved local livelihoods and market access while safeguarding critical populations of baboons and other vulnerable wildlife populations.…

The first community-based organization to achieve organic certification in Brazil, Associação Terra Indígena Xingu produces two tons of certified organic honey each year to generate income, maintain vibrant indigenous culture, and promote traditional sustainable livelihoods in the 27,000 km² Terra Indígena Xingu.…

In northeastern Honduras, Federación Tribus Pech de Honduras has created a successful Access and Benefit Sharing project intregrating sustainable liquidambar production and government-sanctioned indigenous land management in order to sustain livelihoods, maintain healthy forests, and protect traditional knowledge.…

Led by indigenous Maya women, over the past 24 years AIRES has created a network of community practitioners engaged in reforestation and agroforestry for food security, disaster risk reduction, and better incomes.…

Located in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest, Associação Ashaninka do Rio Amônia Apiwtxa uses participatory 3D mapping, advocacy, education, and cultural exchange to defend their official land rights to their 87,205-hectare territory , to ensure healthy forests, and to maintain vibrant communities.…

The town of Nuevo San Juan Parangaricutiro is located in the western part of the Mexican state of Michoacán; its name refers to the destruction of the original San Juan Parangaricutiro during the eruption of the Parícutin volcano in 1943. Since 1982, local indigenous Purépecha community members have been engaged in sustainable timber and non-timber forest extraction and processing from the town's local pine forests.…

The CBIRD Centre in the village of Sub Tai, in the Pak Chong District of north-eastern Thailand, is one of many such centres across the country, launched by Thailand's Population and Community Development Association in the mid-1980s. These Community-Based Integrated Rural Development Centres confront the twin challenges of low economic development and biodiversity loss through the participation of rural communities in a variety of sustainable livelihood activities.…

This women-led initiative arose in 1998 in response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Mitch on sixteen agrarian Garifuna communities. These peoples of Afro-indigenous descent have traditionally been socioeconomically marginalized in Honduras, and their agricultural livelihoods were hard hit by the loss of 70% of the country's crops due to heavy flooding.…

Facing sea level rise, food shortages due to saltwater flooding, and other threats associated with climate change, this organization has organized for the voluntary relocation of the indigenous peoples of the Carterets Islands. This is one of the first community-driven ‘climate change refugee’ relocation efforts in the region. Sustainable natural resource management is at the center of Tulele Peisa's work.…

By equipping women with financial and technical resources to restore degraded lands and develop small-scale enterprises, Integrated Development in Focus is improving crop yields and local incomes. Women-led groups have planted three million trees and restored 350 hectares of land. Communal labor prepares and maintains individual plots of land on a rotating basis.…