Ecosystem protection

Ecosystem protection

We regard ecosystems as crucial in enabling life on earth to thrive.

Key ecosystems, such as forests, coral reefs or wetlands, provide the living conditions for groups of species. These systems are under pressure, threatened and may require protection to prevent them from disappearing or deteriorating in a for living organisms less functional state.

Key ecosystems may support specific life forms. They may also harbor specific species or assemblages of species only known to occur in these systems. For a balance in the landscape, these ecosystems are essential in providing a variety in living conditions for organisms This includes human populations. Healthy functioning ecosystems provide services for life, such as clean water, food, shelter, and other essentials for livelihoods. Furthermore, ecosystems may have, other than systemic or functional value for life, also aesthetic, cultural, and historical value. Often, healthy systems have natural ways of mitigating the effects of natural extremes or disasters. Think about coastal protection from floods by mangrove forests, or avoidance of landslides and erosion in mountainous areas by forest and vegetation cover. However once disrupted, ecosystems may deteriorate or collapse entirely if the disruption reaches a certain threshold. Living conditions for species and human populations may not be efficiently supported in such cases.

Actions on preserving the existence and functioning of key ecosystems often require a different approach then the protection of (a single) species. Protection of key ecosystems or key biodiversity areas may be area bound, through for example protected area establishment. But in many cases protection has to take place outside formal protected areas. It may involve restoring part of a wetland, forest or coral reef. Or it may target the protection of groups of key species or life forms that constitute the key ecosystems, such as preventing illegal logging or removing fish gear to protect marine life. In some cases, it may involve regulating customary rights to sustainable use of ecosystem products. Safeguarding an ecosystem pays off for humanity, as well as for biodiversity itself. Not only from a conservation point of view, but also from a social and economic point. Providing the knowledge, advocacy and whatever is needed to stimulate protection or wise use can help ecosystems form being destroyed, conserving the biodiversity within, and the human population around it that depend on it.

The Van Tienhoven Foundation welcomes applications that are pragmatic in its approach to directly address the threats that impact the disruption of key ecosystems and biodiversity areas. This includes the protection of all living organisms and their living spaces and conditions. Understanding and sustainably mitigating the main causes of the threats through involving the key stakeholders in the solution is crucial.

More ecosystem protection projects

Ecosystem protection

Protecting Argentinas Sierras de Chani, a Remaining Safe Haven for Taruca

Sierras de Chañi is an area located 100 km from Salta´s capital city, in Argentina. The Sierras are snowy, mountainous peaks forming the headwaters for most of the water resources in the semi-arid and arid regions below.   The area is of unique conservation importance for wildlife and people. Taruca (Hippocamelus antisensis) is a flagship […]

Community managed nature protectionEcosystem protection

Community Participation, carbon offsetting and wetland restoration in the Venezuelan Andean Páramo – A scalable model

With this project, the Fundación Programa Andes Tropicales is developing an efficient model to recover wetlands in the páramo, through reforestation of vegetation cover and corrective management of fragile areas. These actions will be developed in the El Banco páramo and will have a positive impacts on the water potential that nourishes the La Toma […]

Ecosystem protection

Wetland conservation and sustainable fishing in Madiromirafy (Betsiboka region, northwestern Madagascar)

Through this project, IMPACT Madagascar will work to conserve and protect the wetlands of Madiromirafy in northwestern Madagascar. These wetlands are vital habitats for a number of threatened taxa, including critically endangered endemic species. They also act as a critical source of water, food, and livelihood for the local communities.   We will protect these […]

Community managed nature protectionEcosystem protectionSpecies protection

Implementing a ‘Sustainable Matrix Model’ within a biodiversity hotspot, the Ecuadorian Chocó

The aim is to implement the ‘sustainable matrix model’ successfully developed by the NGO Proyecto Washu/Fundación Naturaleza y Arte with cacao farmers of three different communities in North-West Ecuador. To achieve this, we seek to conduct a participative process for decision making in the project, strengthen the local capacities of participants, especially in harvest and […]

Community managed nature protectionEcosystem protectionSpecies protection

Enhancing Stakeholder and Institutional Engagement and Participation for Conservation of Mpanga Falls Ecosystem

The project aims at contributing to conservation and protection of endangered plant species (Encephalartos Whitelockii, also called Mpanga Falls Cycad’s) in one of the recently gazetted Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) in Uganda, Mpanga falls. Following the construction of a hydropower plant in 2011, and encroachment from neighboring cattle farming communities, the Mpanga Falls Cycad’s natural […]

Community managed nature protectionEcosystem protectionSpecies protection

Restoring and Protecting Amasangano confluence wetland zone in Rwanda for Enhanced Ecological Integrity and Sustainable Community Livelihoods

This project aims at promoting restoration and sustainable practices around Amasangano to make it a healthy home to biodiversity, a perfect attraction for tourism and a source of sustainable livelihoods of local communities. Specific objectives include: Restoring the Amasangano wetland integrity through natural regeneration, reintroduction of native wetland species and closing the clay quarry holes; […]

Community managed nature protectionEcosystem protectionSpecies protection

Creation of the El Salado Wildlife Reserve, Guatemala

This project aims to contribute to the conservation of the mangrove and dry tropical ecosystems of the El Salado Wildlife Reserve, a 25 hectare protected area on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. The project will carry out reforestations, and develop educational trails and other infrastructure necessary for the management of the reserve. ln the longer-term, […]

Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Protection welcomes donations for all projects.