Our field programmes are based primarily in the most imperilled island ecosystems in the world. One-third of the organisation’s total staff are based overseas where they work closely with local authorities and NGO partners.
Always led by the need to restore species, our approaches vary in scale and response to suit the situation on the ground. In many cases, our involvement with a particular species has developed into a series of projects aimed at improving the underlying threats facing that species and its habitats.
In Mauritius, we work in partnership with the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation. Intensive and successful efforts to save a number of bird and reptile species on the edge of extinction from the pervasive impacts of invasive alien species have evolved into long-term programmes to restore ecosystems, so ensuring threatened species have a functioning and safe habitat for many years to come. In Madagascar, now the Trust’s largest programme region with 40 conservationists working in eight field sites, we have developed our own approach to community-led conservation to address the direct human impacts on forests and wetlands and the species found there. Empowering and supporting communities who are reliant on natural resources for survival to identify alternative or more sustainable practices is the most important conservation action we can take in this particular region.