APRIL 2019

Dear Friends,

We are all alive to the current scarcity of resources and irreversible loss of biodiversity – even plankton, the primary link in the chain of marine life is now disappearing – as well as the devastating consequences of climate change. But political action is lagging behind. It is up to civil society to take the initiative. The young are protesting alongside Greta. Non-violent civil disobedience movements are springing up everywhere to compel governments at long last to take the steps needed to tackle the climate emergency. Not only must we act quickly but we must also carefully identify priorities and ensure the long-term sustainability of our course of action. And for this, expertise and knowledge sharing are vital.

Our Foundation has always followed this path since its inception in 2004. Its Board of Experts, made up of 34 committed volunteers, is directly involved in the project selection process and also, on occasion, plays a part in program monitoring. Throughout the project cycle, our team carries out field visits in order to understand the human and technical issues on the ground and put forward appropriate solutions (for an example of monitoring missions to Laos, see below).

Over and above its commitment on the ground, the Foundation is also mobilizing for change on a wider scale. After signing the Divest-Invest pledge and funding Impact Investment projects (find out more here and here), we are now a signatory to the Climate Finance Pact, which aims to establish a new financing model that is more sustainable and more respectful of the planet and its inhabitants. Donors, institutions, NGOs, citizens … it concerns us all. Right here and right now!

Jacqueline Délia Brémond
Cofounder / Co-Chair

For the Foundation, project monitoring goes well beyond
the financial support we provide

As a real partner to NGOs, we place great importance on project monitoring and consider it essential to visit the projects we support. It is in the field, alongside project holders, that we can gain a better understanding of the implementation context, enrich our vision, and share our experience and recommendations. Luc Bonnamour, member of our Board of Experts, and Odette Rodrigues, the Foundation’s Program Monitoring Manager, recently visited six projects in Laos at various stages of development.

Read more here

Read two new ‘sustainable fishing’ projects' summaries

According to the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations), almost a quarter of the world’s fish stocks are vulnerable, overexploited or depleted. This situation is all the more worrying since fishing and aquaculture play a central role in food security and nutrition worldwide. A total of 4.3 billion individuals depend on fish for around 15% of their animal protein intake. Find out more here.

Sustainable fishing is one of the Foundation’s four focus sectors; in this way, we are playing our part in meeting Sustainable Development Objective 14, defined by the UN as follows: ‘Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’.

To find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals:

For an overview of all the projects we support, click here.

The Impact Finance Fund has published its first Impact Report

Since 2017, the Foundation has invested in the Impact Finance Fund, an investment fund with social and environmental impact, which supports companies aiming to promote sustainable development on a wider scale.

‘Impact Finance, founded in 2010, gives investors the means to track the ways their money can make an impact in the world today. [...]The companies we invest in aim to unite rural producers with international trade. These companies stand out as leaders in responsible farming practices and ecosystem conservation. [...] It is imperative to work with producers that embody the dynamics of change towards healthier and more environmentally friendly products.’
Cédric Lombard and Benjamin Firmenich, Co-CEOs.

Continue reading the Impact Report here.

For more information on impact investment, you can also read the interview with Gaspard Verdier in our June 2017 Newletter.

‘We are conserving the forest and rediscovering our medicinal plants’

Margarita Cumbia is one of the 1000 beneficiaries of the Conservation International project with the Awajun indigenous people living in the Alto Mayo valley in Peru. She remembers: ‘In the past, the forest was our greatest asset. And then, in just a few decades, everything virtually disappeared: the fruit, the plants, the trees, and all our traditional know-how.’

This video shows how Margarita’s community is gradually managing to restore the forests, revive ancestral traditions, and improve its living conditions. Not only has this project brought her new hope, but today Margarita Cumbia wants to go even further: ‘We want to be proud of our work and pass on our skills to other communities.’

Watch the Conservation International video.
Find out more about the Conservation International project in Peru, supported by the Foundation, here.

‘For the sake of my own health and that of my son, I decided to put all my efforts into farming sustainably our land’

Maria Andrango lives in San Luis de Ichisi, near Quito, in the north of Ecuador. Trained in agroforestry, she no longer uses any chemical pesticides on her land and produces enough fruit and vegetables, seeds and seedlings to feed her family, with more to spare. Thanks to support from the local authorities and from CARE, she has also been able to join the Buen Vivir (Living Well) cooperative and is beginning to sell her produce at local markets.

Listen to her story here.

Find out more about the CARE project in Ecuador, supported by the Foundation, here.

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

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