June 2018

Dear Friends of the Foundation,

Going on field visits to the countries where our Foundation supports projects is, for me, the greatest of rewards. It means discovering a region, or sometimes a country, where we operate but whose lifestyles and actual geography I am unfamiliar with – until the point in time when I find myself in the field and meet the members of the organization that brings our work to life with courage and tenacity. Up till then, this concrete project only exists on paper in the form of a file that has been extensively analyzed.

Each visit gives much pause for thought, and a fresh perspective can sometimes be the source of interesting suggestions, but a visit also stirs deep emotions. For over and above the project teams, there are those for whom our work is intended, those who are involved and must benefit from our support.

In Ecuador, which I recently visited, the women I met took my breath away: not just one, but all of them! Their living conditions are extremely difficult: inadequate contraceptive methods mean that they become mothers at a very young age, often shouldering alone the burden of providing for the family in a highly precarious context. And yet they are full of the joys of life, brimming with humor, strong, dynamic. For me, each one of them is a ‘Mother Courage’.

With the FECD team, I discovered how the guiding principle of Chakras, close to that of our Foundation, considers all aspects of life to be interconnected. This is how the Kichwa indigenous communities of the Amazon cultivate cacao (Tsatsayaku artisanal chocolate factory), design the garden at Shandia Lodge, which President Moreno himself honors with his visits, and manage the exquisite Sinchi Warmi restaurant and handicrafts shop. The Chakra is a holistic way of thinking, living and cultivating the land. Women are the cornerstone of an income-generating sustainable community tourism project.

Moving on to the Gulf of Guayaquil, I then met fishermen from the Conservation International project at El Morro, who had just received confirmation that they had been granted a concession. They shared with me their concerns about the problems of illegal fishing, violence and piracy. And there, too, the women who had set up an association radiate hope and optimism. You will discover them in this issue as I wanted you to make their acquaintance.

Jacqueline Délia Brémond


« Going on field visits to the countries where our Foundation supports projects is, for me, the greatest of rewards »

View pictures of the highlights of Jacqueline Délia Brémond’s field visit to Ecuador, one of the Foundation’s six focus countries. Since it was set up, the Foundation has supported 14 projects in this country, invested over 4 million euros and reached more than 2.4 million beneficiaries.


The Foundation's Annual Report for 2017 has just been published

Since 2004, the Foundation has invested 23.4 million euros, funded 292 projects, supported 5.5 million beneficiaries, and protected 2.4 million hectares of habitat. The year 2017 was a year of action, of opening up, of experimentation, of reflection and of renewal. Discover the year’s highlights, partnerships and key figures here.


‘I never thought I’d be able to sleep in a real bed one day...’

Biancha Amisse is member of a VSLA (Village Savings and Loans Association), set up as part of the ZSL project in Mozambique. Find out how she managed to increase her income, feed her family, build a shack in Nacala, and buy a boat and gill net for her husband, who is a fisherman... In three years, her dream has come true! She now has the means to play an active part in sustainable fisheries management and the setting up of a Locally Managed Marine Area.

Read the rest of her testimony here. 

To access the project factsheet, click here.


Claire Nouvian, founder and chair of BLOOM, is awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for Europe

Our warmest congratulations go to Claire Nouvian and the BLOOM team for winning this prestigious award, the crowning achievement of an exceptional commitment. BLOOM, which was set up in 2005 to protect the oceans and all who derive their livelihood from them, has been a partner of the Foundation since 2017. We hope that the news of the award, which received widespread media coverage, will raise funding from new donors and garner even greater support from the general public. For BLOOM’s hard-won victories, such as the ban on deep-sea bottom trawling below 800m and the recent European Parliament vote to prohibit electric pulse fishing, require not only the energy of its team but an ongoing commitment from us all...

To access the project factsheet, click here.


‘Bring the Elephant Home’ video is now available

Some of the world’s largest Asian elephant populations live along the border between Thailand and Myanmar, or in Laos. Their lives are threatened not only by illegal logging, forest fires, wildlife trafficking and land encroachment but also by conflicts with local communities, who fear elephant incursions into human settlements and crop raiding. 

In this video, Bring the Elephant Home shows how long-term prevention of human-elephant conflicts can be achieved. Elephants are known to be afraid of bees. For this reason, beehive fences have been installed alongside the plantations. Conflict mitigation, development of income-generating activities… the results speak for themselves.

To access the project factsheet, click here.

To access the 'beehive fences' technical factsheet, click here.


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Editor-in-chief: O. Braunsteffer
Graphic design and text: B. Galliot, B. Gicquaud
The Foundation wishes to thank its partners for the photographic material included in this issue.
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