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Nature Conservation

The Turing Foundation seeks to promote and encourage a sustainable and respectful relationship with nature.

Respect is in the interest of nature itself. Sustainability ensures that the needs of present generations can be met, without reducing the possibilities of future generations to fulfil theirs.

In trying to achieve these aims, the Turing Foundation limits its scope to the following two areas: More information on submitting an application related to one of these fields can be found in our application procedures.

Most recent projects:
Protecting and restoring nature around water sources, Cameroon
July 2016
Protecting and restoring nature around water sources, Cameroon, 2016-2019
LiveBuild was founded in 2007 and has been working for years with local organisations and communities on... more

Illegal tree cutting in the Equateur province, D.R. Congo
July 2016
Community forestry in the Equateur province, DR Congo, 2016-2017
Greenpeace is an international campaigning organisation deeply committed to forest protection. Greenpeace is... more

Trees for the Sahel, Regreening North Burkina Faso 2015-2018
July 2016
Trees for the Sahel, Regreening North Burkina Faso 2016-2018
Tiipaalga was founded in 2006 by the Swiss organisation newTree and is its local partner in Burkina Faso,. The... more

Restored mangroves around a shrimp farm in Batangas, Verde Island Passage, Philippines
July 2016
Mangrove Rehabilitation, Verde Island Passage, Philippines, 2016-2017
For more than 25 years Conservation International has been doing valuable work protecting nature, and involving... more

Greening the Green Wall Initiative, Burkina Faso
April 2016
Greening the Green Wall Initiative, Burkina Faso, 2016-2017
The focus of most of the work of the Netherlands Society for the Protection of Birds (VBN) is in the Netherlands and in... more

Bluefin Tuna
April 2016
Bringing back Bluefin tuna to the North Sea, the Netherlands, 2016-2017
WNF-Nederland is part of the WWF, the world's largest and most well known nature conservation organisation,... more

Scaling up capabilities for Effective rehabilitation and conservation of mangroves, Philippines
April 2016
Scaling up capabilities for Effective rehabilitation and conservation of mangroves, Philippines, 2016-2018
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) connects science, nature... more

Nature-friendly construction of wind farms, North Sea
April 2016
Nature-friendly construction of wind farms, North Sea, the Netherlands, 2016-2017
Stichting de Noordzee (North Sea Foundation, SDN) is committed to a healthy North Sea with... more

Conserving the biodiversity of the Cacheu Mangroves Natural Park, Guinea-Bissau
April 2016
Conserving the biodiversity of the Cacheu Mangroves Natural Park, Guinea-Bissau, 2016-2018
Wetlands International is the global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the... more

The pristine forests of Papua, Indonesia
April 2016
Asmat Coastal Wetland, Papua, Indonesië, 2016-2018
Coastal Wetland Asmat, Papua, Indonesia, 2015-2018 WWF Netherlands is part of the WWF, the world's largest and most well-known... more


Nurseries of the sea
Live Build Protecting and restoring nature around water sources, Cameroon, 2016-2019
LiveBuild was founded in 2007 and has been working for years with local organisations and communities on sustainable development in the Anglophone eastern part of Cameroon. Its projects employ a community-driven approach and are related to water. LiveBuild's goal is to improve access to safe water and adequate sanitation. This initiative is by three communities (Manganjo) that want to build a water supply system connecting their villages to a water source above the villages. An essential aspect of ensuring the long-term water supply is protecting and restoring the catchment area by planting trees and encouraging sustainable land use.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €95,000 towards this project (about 50% of the total budget), of which €15,000 in 2016. see also:
      Live Build: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Cameroon
Protecting and restoring nature around water sources, Cameroon
Protecting and restoring nature around water sources, Cameroon


Greenpeace Community forestry in the Equateur province, DR Congo, 2016-2017
Greenpeace is an international campaigning organisation deeply committed to forest protection. Greenpeace is campaigning for zero deforestation, globally, by 2020, which means no further decline in our rainforests in the Amazon, South-east Asia and the Congo Basin. Sustainable government management of the Congolese rainforest requires a better alternative to impending industrial logging and large-scale agricultural plantations. Greenpeace considers community forestry a sustainable and viable alternative for the D.R. Congo and is helping a number of communities to obtain a Community Forestry concession over the next few years. This will pave the way for other communities and will increase government and donor support for the upscaling of community forestry.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €100,000 towards this 'Solutions' project in the Congo basin forest programme, of which €50,000 in 2016. see also:
      Greenpeace: other projects
      Other projects in focus country D.R. Congo
Illegal tree cutting in the Equateur province, D.R. Congo
Illegal tree cutting in the Equateur province, D.R. Congo


Conservation International Mangrove Rehabilitation, Verde Island Passage, Philippines, 2016-2017
For more than 25 years Conservation International has been doing valuable work protecting nature, and involving politicians, policy makers, business and society in these efforts. Conservation International wants to restore 665 hectares of mangrove swamps, together with the local Filipino population, on the islands of Mindoro and Marinduque by replanting them. Local communities and the government are being given courses to learn about nature conservation, which will result in the better management and monitoring of at least another 1,000 hectares of mangrove and coastal areas. This capacity building and the creation of favourable political conditions are laying the groundwork for the sustainable management of mangroves in the area.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 320,000 towards the work on Mindoro (of which € 100,000 in 2016). This contribution will be used, amongst other things, to restore and sustainably protect 165 hectares of mangroves. see also: Other mangrove projects
Restored mangroves around a shrimp farm in Batangas, Verde Island Passage, Philippines
Restored mangroves around a shrimp farm in Batangas, Verde Island Passage, Philippines


Wereld Natuur Fonds Bringing back Bluefin tuna to the North Sea, the Netherlands, 2016-2017
WNF-Nederland is part of the WWF, the world's largest and most well known nature conservation organisation, operating in over 100 countries. The North Sea is the largest nature area in the Netherlands, which the WNF wants to protect by developing sustainable fisheries and creating a network of protected marine areas. The reintroduction of the Bluefin tuna to the North Sea is a supplementary project. This can give a huge boost to the protection work and also indicate a healthier ecosystem. WWF is paving the pathway by building social and political support, developing a tuna translocation programme and by protecting important nursery areas in the Mediterranean.

The Turing Foundation is making this possible by donating €350,000 (of which €155,000 in 2016) see also: Wereld Natuur Fonds: other projects
Bluefin Tuna
Bluefin Tuna


Zoological Society of London Scaling up capabilities for Effective rehabilitation and conservation of mangroves, Philippines, 2016-2018
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) connects science, nature conservation organisations and people on the ground in order to contribute as effectively as possible to nature conservation. It has conservation projects in more than 50 countries, including since 2007 the Philippines.

Since super-typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, there has been increased interest in mangroves and coastal protection in the Philippines. In 2014/2015 the Turing Foundation supported ZSL's training programme to accelerate the transfer of knowledge about proven effective restoration and protection methods. In 2016 ZSL wants to further increase capacity in the Philippines by training an additional 300 trainers and increasing national awareness of the importance of mangroves. This will be done by means of research and raising awareness by organising a third national conference and giving an 'award' for the best mangrove forest.

The Turing Foundation is donating 165,000 to this project (about 50% of the total budget, of which € 115,000 in 2016). see also:
      Zoological Society of London: other projects
      Other mangrove projects
Scaling up capabilities for Effective rehabilitation and conservation of mangroves, Philippines
Scaling up capabilities for Effective rehabilitation and conservation of mangroves, Philippines


Stichting de Noordzee Nature-friendly construction of wind farms, North Sea, the Netherlands, 2016-2017
Stichting de Noordzee (North Sea Foundation, SDN) is committed to a healthy North Sea with sustainable fisheries, no pollution, clean energy and protected areas. The Dutch government pledged in its energy agreement of September 2013 that 16% of Dutch energy generation would be 'clean' by 2023. The result will be a considerable expansion of offshore wind farms in the intervening period. SDN sees this as an opportunity to improve the health of the North Sea. Wind farms can be an important catalyst for the protection of a greater area, provided the construction, installation and running of these marine parks is done in a way that is not detrimental to the North Sea's ecosystem. SDN aims to maximise the positive impact of this construction for nature in the North Sea.

The Turing Foundation is contributing 50,000 towards this project.

Nature-friendly construction of wind farms, North Sea
Nature-friendly construction of wind farms, North Sea


Wetlands International Conserving the biodiversity of the Cacheu Mangroves Natural Park, Guinea-Bissau, 2016-2018
Wetlands International is the global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands, their resources and biodiversity. Their work in West Africa is focused, amongst other things, on the protection of mangrove areas. Wetlands wants to protect the mangrove nature park Cacheu in Guinea-Bissau by improving the running of the park, restoring this important buffer zone and encouraging sustainable use. In addition to strengthening the park management's capacity, Wetland is working with seven local communities to restore 200 hectares of mangrove forest, and teaching better rice production techniques to prevent further felling of mangrove areas. More understanding is needed about the ecological value and current threats, as well as more community involvement. Communities help the park management directly with conservation by restoring degraded areas and reducing pressure that is exerted on the environment by adopting sustainable alternatives, like improved rice cultivation techniques.

The Turing Foundation makes this initiative possible with a contribution of €350,000 (of which €80,000 in 2016). see also: Other mangrove projects
Conserving the biodiversity of the Cacheu Mangroves Natural Park, Guinea-Bissau
Conserving the biodiversity of the Cacheu Mangroves Natural Park, Guinea-Bissau


Wereld Natuur Fonds Asmat Coastal Wetland, Papua, Indonesië, 2016-2018
Coastal Wetland Asmat, Papua, Indonesia, 2015-2018 WWF Netherlands is part of the WWF, the world's largest and most well-known nature conservation organisation, operating in over 100 countries from offices in 60 countries, including Indonesia. This project aims to protect and encourage the sustainable use of mangrove forests along the south western coast of Asmat and Mimika districts in Papua, Indonesia. The government and local people particularly lack the knowledge to prevent the large-scale disappearance of mangrove forests in the future. For this reason, WWF Indonesia is mapping the area to indicate sensitive and degraded areas, which will serve as the basis for management plans and to teach the local population to monitor developments using geotagging. Seven community groups are being trained to restore and sustainably use an 80 hectare area of mangroves. In addition, the WWF is making sure that environmental education is incorporated into the curriculum so that children learn about the value of mangrove areas.

The Turing Foundation is making this possible by donating €162,500 (of which €50,000 in 2016). see also:
      Wereld Natuur Fonds: other projects
      Other mangrove projects
The pristine forests of Papua, Indonesia
The pristine forests of Papua, Indonesia


Peace Parks Foundation Development of Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, Mozambique, 2015
The Peace Parks Foundation protects nature in the border regions of Southern Africa. There are currently 10 Peace Parks. The Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve was set up with the help of the Turing Foundation between 2009 and 2013. Management is in the hands of a solid team, and the community is very involved. However, the park does not yet generate enough income (from tourism, for example), so it still needs to be supported financially to consolidate the protection work.

The Turing Foundation has already contributed €625,000 for the realization of this nature reserve. In 2014 and 2015, it will donate another €110,000 for material that helps law enforcement, and operational costs. see also: Peace Parks Foundation: other projects
Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, Mozambique
Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, Mozambique



Sustainable agriculture and cattle breeding
TiipaalganewTree Trees for the Sahel, Regreening North Burkina Faso 2016-2018
Tiipaalga was founded in 2006 by the Swiss organisation newTree and is its local partner in Burkina Faso,. The organisation wants to green the Sahel and which requires interventions that are implemented in cooperation with the village communities. Twenty areas of three hectares are fenced off each year in order to give the local environment a chance to regenerate. These scattered green oases have positive carry-over effects in adjacent regions. In addition, 500 hectares of land is being sustainably managed using assisted natural regeneration' methods, which include pruning techniques and contour ridges to counteract erosion The community is being trained in income generating activities that do not consume wood, such as producing honey, nuts and fodder, and each year 10,000 additional women cook on wood-saving ovens.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150,000 in the coming years to expand this work (of which, €50.000 in 2016). see also:
      Tiipaalga: other projects
      newTree: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Burkina Faso
      Other regreening projects
Trees for the Sahel, Regreening North Burkina Faso 2015-2018
Trees for the Sahel, Regreening North Burkina Faso 2015-2018


Vogelbescherming NederlandNaturama Burkina Faso Greening the Green Wall Initiative, Burkina Faso, 2016-2017
The focus of most of the work of the Netherlands Society for the Protection of Birds (VBN) is in the Netherlands and in countries along 'Dutch' migratory birds' routes, which includes Burkina Faso. Since 2005 VBN has been working in the country with the national nature conservation organisation Naturama to protect bird habitats and improving the livelihoods of people in local communities.

Naturama is working with small local nature conservation organisations to restore the natural environment around Lake Higa using natural restoration techniques and teaching local communities sustainable land use techniques which increase their income. Naturama is also improving national nature conservation plans and the implementation of the 'Green Wall' initiative by sharing its knowledge of and experience with the best tree species. This ensures that ecosystems are protected more effectively in the long term.

The Turing Foundation is donating 50,000 to this project (about 50% of the total budget, of which € 37,500 in 2016). see also: Other projects in focus country Burkina Faso
Greening the Green Wall Initiative, Burkina Faso
Greening the Green Wall Initiative, Burkina Faso


Hortus Botanicus AmsterdamHermitage Amsterdam Energy Exchange Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and Hermitage Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2016-2018
The Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam is building a connection with the Hermitage Amsterdam's thermal energy storage system. The heat generated in the summer by the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Hermitage, will be transported and stored in water in a huge underground 'thermos'. In the winter this warm water will be used to heat the Hortus's tropical greenhouses. Once the warm water has cooled it will be returned to the thermal energy storage system, and it is then re-used to cool the Hermitage in the summer.

The Turing Foundation is extending an interest-free loan of €200,000 to fund this renewable energy project until the costs have been recovered. see also: Hermitage Amsterdam: other projects
Energy Exchange Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and Hermitage Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Energy Exchange Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam and Hermitage Amsterdam, Amsterdam


Tree Aid Regreening projects, Mopti to Segou, Mali, 2015-2018
Tree Aid helps villagers in arid areas in Africa unlock the potential of trees to combat poverty and protect nature. Together with local conservation organisations, such as the Malian Association for the Conservation of Wildlife and the Environment (AMCFE), Tree Aid wants to work via subprojects in order to green a 400 km long corridor between Mopti and Segou. This subproject involves nearly 1,000 farmers in 15 villages in the municipalities Samine and Sakoiba. Farmers learn to manage their land better, which increases tree density per hectare and improves agricultural productivity and soil quality.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €125,000 towards this next phase in the green corridor in Mali (of which, €50,000 in 2016). see also:
      Other projects in focus country Mali
      Other regreening projects
Villagers planting trees in Mopti region, Mali
Villagers planting trees in Mopti region, Mali


Both ENDSCRESA Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, Niger, 2015-2016
BothEnds and CRESA have been working together since 2010 to encourage farmers to grow trees and plants on their land. 'Farmer Managed Natural Regreening' is a cost effective method, and the initiative has resulted in the regeneration of 621,000 hectares of land. Work in Dogonkiria and Soucoucoutane will be intensified over the next years, which will result in the re-greening of another 500 hectares. In addition, the local capacity is strengthened so that local support can be further increased independently, training can be provided on management and developments monitored and assessed.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €80,000 in 2015, which is more than half of the total budget. The Turing Foundation has already supported Phase I of the project with €118,000 and Phase II with €70,000. see also:
      Both ENDS: other projects
      CRESA: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Niger
      Other regreening projects
Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, Niger
Regreening the Sahel, Dogonkiria en Soucoucoutane, Niger


Greenpeace 'Solutions project': identifying sustainable alternatives for land use, D.R. Congo, 2015
Greenpeace is an international campaigning organisation dedicated to protecting nature through research, consultation and - if all else fails - action. Greenpeace wants to stop the deforestation of the Congo basin and is working with local organisations to achieve adequate legislation and monitoring. Oil palm plantations are a big threat. Greenpeace promotes appealing, replicable and scalable alternatives which show governments and international donors that it is possible to have economic development without having to cut down virgin forests.

The Turing Foundation donates €30,000 in 2015 for the collection, production and distribution of presentation materials. see also:
      Greenpeace: other projects
      Other projects in focus country D.R. Congo
'Solutions project': identifying sustainable alternatives for land use, Cameroon and D.R. Congo
'Solutions project': identifying sustainable alternatives for land use, Cameroon and D.R. Congo


ProgresoAgro Eco Louis Bolk InstituteAVSF Togo Organic and fair trade cocoa production, Akebou, Togo, 2014-2015
This project from Progreso, the Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Instituut and AVSF wants to stimulate organic cocoa production and improve the lives of cocoa farmers in the Akebou district in Southwest Togo. In the pilot phase (October 2010-December 2011) and phase I (May-December 2012), 693 farmers were selected and trained in renewing plantations, improving plantation management, and stimulating agroforestry and the use of natural pesticides. The project wants to prepare the market for Fair Trade cocoa.

In 2012, the Turing Foundation already supported this project by donating € 55,000 in order to reach more farmers: from 450 to 693 in phase I. In the 2013-2015 period, the Turing Foundation will contribute another € 100,000 (€ 50,000 of which will be donated in 2014) for the intensive follow-up supervision of the 693 farmers in phase II. see also:
      Progreso: other projects
      Agro Eco Louis Bolk Institute: other projects
      Other projects in focus country Togo
Extension of organic and fair trade cocoa production, Togo
Extension of organic and fair trade cocoa production, Togo




more nature conservation projects...
Sustainable agriculture in Burkina Faso
Sustainable agriculture, Sissili Province, Burkina Faso, 2013
Development of organic and fair trade cocoa production, Togo
Development of organic and fair trade cocoa production, Togo, 2012
Regreening Initiative, Niger
Regreening Initiative, Phase 2, Niger, 2012-2013
Cotton farmer outside Fana, Mali
Switch to sustainable cotton production, Mali, 2012
Orchard in Séguénéga, Turing project visit, November 2010
Developing organic vegetable gardens and orchards - Séguénéga, Burkina Faso, 2012
Reforestation of desertified soil. Turing project visit, November 2010
Communal management of grazing land and forest restoration in Ségou, Mali, 2011
Family garden, Turing project visit, November 2010
Protection of natural resources in Timbuktu, Mali, 2011
Women using wood-saving ovens. Turing project visit, November 2010
Sustainable management of the forest of Koubaye, Mali, 2011
Women at work on their own BOFA farm, Turing project visit, Februari 2012
Organic gardening and 'night paddocks', Cameroon, 2011
Part of the CENDEP project area, destroyed by fire (possibly arsony as a result of a quarrel between project stakeholders). Turing Project Visit, Februari 2012
Restoration of Mountain Forests by Introduction of Analogue Forestry, Bamenda High Mountains, Cameroon, 2009-2010
Sustainable conservation and food security, Région Maritime, Togo 2010-2011
Sustainable conservation and food security, Région Maritime, Togo 2010
ASUDEC community garden, Turing project visit, Gampela, November 2010, Burkina Faso
Ecological sustainability and the promotion of (small) livestock farming, Burkina Faso, 2010