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JUNE 2019

Dear Friends,

On May 23rd, Fondation Ensemble celebrated 15 years of commitment to biodiversity and awarded a Special Prize for Endangered Animal Species to Borneo Nature Foundation. It was both a festive occasion that brought together the Foundation’s friends and partners who have long been involved in this work, and a serious one …given the challenges the world is facing. There is no need to remind you of the alarming figures concerning the sixth mass extinction of species, with the number of plants affected only now coming to light!

The reality is even more distressing as the climate crisis is first and foremost one of climate injustice. It is always the world’s poorest communities that are hit the hardest. Our latest Annual Report clearly highlights this point. Behind each of the projects we support, lie daily threats to people’s livelihoods and survival…a never-ending struggle! In this issue, the story told by Flor Rumayna Idahua attests to these populations’ courage and resolve, which are truly commendable and call into question our own ability to react.

In 2018, I made a field visit to Ecuador. It was a real eye-opener! One that made it clear to me the real difference our projects make to the local communities’ precarious living conditions. How can we open the eyes of others so that more and more of us take action, each of us in our own way with the means at our disposal? For combating climate injustice no longer means travelling far away. It’s coming closer and closer to home…

I hope you enjoy this issue of our Newsletter.

Jacqueline Délia Brémond
Co-Founder / Co-Chair

Fondation Ensemble celebrates 15 years of action in favor of biodiversity

And awards a Special Prize for Endangered Animal Species to Borneo Nature Foundation

On May 23rd, the atmosphere was festive at the Duc des Lombards jazz club, where the entire Foundation team had gathered to award a Special Prize for Endangered Animal Species to Borneo Nature Foundation for its orangutan conservation project in Borneo.

Find out more here

The Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report
has just been published

The climate crisis is essentially a question of climate injustice for it is those who contributed least to global warming who are being hit the hardest. Since 2004, the Foundation has invested €25.6 million, funded 320 projects, supported 6 million beneficiaries, protected 3.6 million hectares of land and sea, and contributed to the planting of 2 million trees.

Over and above the figures, it is the conditions of life on our planet that are at stake…life in all its forms: human, animal, plant. All these projects show how everything is linked … together.

Discover in the report, this year’s highlights, projects and key figures

"I am a guardian of the forest"

Flor Rumayna Idahua has lived in Huitoto, in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, since 2001. Like the other concession holders in the region, who joined forces in an association in 2012, she is fighting a relentless battle to protect the Amazon rainforest from all manner of illegal activities. ‘Since 2012, everything has changed. We now have access to new technology and data that enable us to identify high-risk or vulnerable areas. We can use drones and report trafficking more effectively.’ In this way, 2.7 million hectares of forest are protected. An example for us all…

Read about the Amazon Conservation Association project supported by the Foundation

Mangrove conservation in the Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ecuador has 2,859 km of continental coastline, made up of a succession of mangroves, reefs, tidal plains and wave-erosion coasts. Since 1969, mangrove forest coverage has declined from 203,625 to 147,228 hectares, mainly because of shrimp farming. The overharvesting of mangrove cockles (Anadara) and red crabs has greatly reduced the possibility for local communities to derive economic benefits.

Find out how Conservation International has worked with fishers’ associations to encourage good fishing practices and ensure more sustainable livelihoods for beneficiaries, while at the same time protecting the mangroves.

Read about the Conservation International (Ecuador) project supported by the Foundation: ‘Better mangroves for people: ensuring long-term income generation in the Gulf of Guayaquil

The founder of a Mongolian NGO supported by our Foundation receives the Goldman Prize

Bayarjargal (Bayara) Agvaantseren set up the Snow Leopard Conservation Foundation in 2007. This Mongolian NGO campaigns for the protection of the snow leopard, of which only 4 to 7,000 individuals remain in the wild. The Foundation has supported two of the NGO’s projects.

Read more here

A project previously supported by Fondation Ensemble receives the prestigious UNDP Equator Prize 2019!

Kemito Ene is an indigenous cocoa producers’ cooperative. Supported by the Foundation through a project implemented by the NGO Rainforest Foundation UK, it is one of 22 indigenous community initiatives to be awarded the prestigious international Equator Prize, established by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Cocoa production is now an important source of income for the Ashaninka. Growing cocoa under the tree canopy not only prevents deforestation but also ensures better taste and greater crop variety.

Read more here

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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