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The Turing Foundation strives for healthy balance in our ecosystem. This means protecting our climate and protecting biodiversity in the sea. It requires a sustainable and respectful approach to nature that meets both current needs and those of future generations.
In trying to achieve these aims, the Turing Foundation limits its scope to the following areas:

- The protection of our climate

- The protection and sustainable management of the nurseries of the sea in developing countries, the areas in seas and along coasts that have the highest concentration of life and biodiversity.

Before 2023 we also supported sustainable land use projects.
Most recent projects:
Versterken van het leefgebied van de hamerhaai, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
January 2024
Boosting the habitat of hammerhead sharks, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, 2024-2025
Misión Tiburón is an NGO set up by two marine biologists. During their work they discovered that the... more
Zeegrasherstel in de Oosterschelde, Oosterschelde
January 2024
Zeegrasherstel in de Oosterschelde, Oosterschelde, 2024-2026
The Sea Ranger Service> wants to enable marine biodiversity recovery on a greater scale by developing... more
Vote for a climate candidate, Young Climate Movement election campaign, 2023
November 2023
Vote for a climate candidate, Young Climate Movement election campaign, 2023
Do you already know who you are going to vote for? That's fine, but then choose to vote for a climate... more
Bescherming Dogger Bank, Nederland, 2023-2026
October 2023
Protection of the Dogger Bank, the Netherlands, 2023-2026
Blue Marine Foundation is established in 2010 with the objective to protect and restore marine life. The organization was... more
Investigation into the Illegal Shark Fin Trade
October 2023
Investigation into the Illegal Shark Fin Trade, 2024-2026
The Wildlife Justice Commission's mission is to disrupt and help dismantle the transnational criminal networks that trade... more
Industry agreement on the protein transition
October 2023
Industry agreement on the protein transition, the Netherlands, 2023-2024
Questionmark is an independent thinktank. Their mission is to ensure our food environment supports a... more
Green Desert Initiative phase II, Mali, 2022-2025
October 2023
Green Desert Initiative phase II, Mali, 2023-2025
This is the Turing Foundation's second donation towards the Green Desert Initiative of Partners Pays-Dogon. The first projects... more
The Wonegizi mountain range, Liberia
October 2023
Conserving the forest ecosystem of Wologizi-Wonegizi, Liberia, 2023-2025
Two rainforests, Wologizi and Wonegizi in northern Liberia, are seriously threatened by poaching, mining and... more
Sustainable mangrove conservation, Liberia
October 2023
Sustainable mangrove conservation, Liberia, 2023-2024
Conservation International is one of the world's largest international nature conservation organisations and has been working... more
Climate
Jonge Klimaatbeweging Vote for a climate candidate, Young Climate Movement election campaign, 2023
Do you already know who you are going to vote for? That's fine, but then choose to vote for a climate candidate instead of the party leader! The Young Climate Movement has selected per political party the candidate who is most outspoken to tackle climate issues. If a political party receives for example more preferential votes for a climate candidate listed as number 10 than for candidate number 9, this gives a clear signal that its own supporters consider climate an important issue.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €75,000 to the online campaign to draw attention to this list of climate candidates.

See also:
      Jonge Klimaatbeweging: other projects
      Other projects in Netherlands

Vote for a climate candidate, Young Climate Movement election campaign, 2023
Vote for a climate candidate, Young Climate Movement election campaign, 2023



Questionmark Foundation Industry agreement on the protein transition, the Netherlands, 2023-2024
Questionmark is an independent thinktank. Their mission is to ensure our food environment supports a healthy, sustainable, fair and animal-friendly food system. The aim of this project is to reduce the consumption of animal protein by making industry agreements with Dutch supermarkets. The range of products offered by supermarkets could support people to eat less animal products and thereby support the protein transition in the Netherlands. First of all, this project provides insights into how supermarkets are currently contributing to the protein transition. Subsequently, the project supports supermarkets to reduce the sale of animal-based proteins by trying to make joint industry agreements on this topic.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €50.000 towards this project.

See also:
      Other projects in Netherlands
      Other climate projects

Industry agreement on the protein transition
Industry agreement on the protein transition



Jonge Klimaatbeweging Professionalisation of the Jonge Klimaatbeweging, 2023-2025
The Jonge Klimaatbeweging (Young Climate Movement campaigns for a world in which young people have a say in their future and caring well for the planet is only natural. It is fighting for a future-proof society centred on justice and empathy. The Movement is based on a clear idea: young people deserve a voice to shape their own sustainable future. They are the generation which will have to live with the consequences of climate change. The decisions taken today will determine how tomorrow's world will be. In our society, tomorrow's world is in the hands of today's politicians, policy makers and business leaders. For this reason it is vital for young people's voices to be heard. The Turing Foundation's support will help the organisation professionalise. Volunteers' travel costs will now be reimbursed, the board will receive a higher remuneration and an office will be rented. In addition, the Turing Foundation's support will contribute towards circulating the vision document entitled 'de Jonge Klimaatagenda 3.0' (the Young Climate Agenda 3.0) amongst policy makers and a large group of young people.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 150,000 towards this project (of which, € 50,000 in 2023).

See also:
      Jonge Klimaatbeweging: other projects
      Other projects in Netherlands
      Other climate projects

Professionalisering Jonge Klimaatbeweging, 2022-2025
Professionalisering Jonge Klimaatbeweging, 2022-2025



Natuur & Milieu Accelerated transition Dutch aviation sector, Netherlands, 2023-2025
Natuur & Milieu is one of the biggest and most influential environmental organisations in the Netherlands. It has various programmes with which it works on issues related to climate change.

The aviation sector contributes 15% of the climate impact of the Dutch economy, but the sector's lobbying efforts, economic arguments against regulation and belief in future technological solutions are hindering effective climate policy. Natuur & Milieu has been campaigning for years for the reduction of the climate impact of aviation and works with policy makers, politicians and climate scientists to stimulate effective and ambitious policy.

The goal of this project is to bring Dutch international aviation in line with the Paris climate goals (55% reduction in emissions in 2030 and 100% in 2050). By 2025, Natuur & Milieu wants the introduction of a cap on aviation CO2 emissions so that the level of CO2 emissions by aviation is 25% below the level in 2019, that at least 2% of aviation fuels is sustainable, and that people in the Netherlands fly less often and shorter distances than in 2019. To reach these goals the organisation is focusing on three main elements: influencing policy development, stimulating companies to reduce business travel and supporting the aviation sector's transition.

The Turing Foundation is contributing 300,000 towards this project (of which, € 100,000 in 2023)

See also:
      Other projects in Netherlands
      Other climate projects

Accelerated transition Dutch aviation sector
Accelerated transition Dutch aviation sector



Proveg International 'Together for a healthy and sustainable food system', Netherlands, 2023-2026
Our daily food choices greatly influence the climate, biodiversity, our health, animal welfare and global food security. For this reason, ProVeg Netherlands campaigns for more plant-based production and consumption patterns.

The number of flexitarians has greatly increased in the last ten years, and people in the Netherlands eat more meat substitutes than anywhere in Europe. This project is focused on accelerating the protein transition in the Netherlands and reducing the consumption of meat and animal proteins. ProVeg wants to help the public permanently change in its diet. ProVeg wants to research the effects of its 'Veggie Challenge' and develop it further as an instrument for behaviour change for the most varied-possible target group. The organisation also wants to increase and professionalise its influence on Dutch politics.

The Turing Foundation is contributing 160,000 towards this project (of which, € 80,000 in 2023)

See also:
      Other projects in Netherlands
      Other climate projects

Together for a healthy and sustainable food system
Together for a healthy and sustainable food system



Artis Restoration ARTIS-Aquarium, Amsterdam, 2023
Artis has committed itself to operating on a climate-neutral and fossil-free basis by 2030. Its almost 140-year-old Aquarium Building is in a poor state, caused by salt-water damage amongst other things. The Aquarium is being restored to preserve it for future generations. The plan involves completely restoring the building and making it sustainable. Problems such as salt-water corrosion and accessibility will also be solved. Restoring the Aquarium will not only make it sustainable but aims to inspire the public. The modernised Aquarium will tell an important story about the importance of healthy oceans. Biodiversity in the oceans is an absolute precondition for healthy oceans - Turing supports projects around the world related to this theme.

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

See also: Other projects in Netherlands

Restoration ARTIS-Aquarium
Restoration ARTIS-Aquarium



Coral Reef Alliance Protection and Restoration of the Mesoamerican Reef, Honduras, 2022
Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has been working with local coastal communities since 1994 to protect 'their' reefs, creating a network of healthy and diverse reefscapes that will be able to adapt to climate change. The Mesoamerican region (MAR) has the second-largest barrier reef in the world, along the coast of Belize, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. This project is focused on the Tela Bay coastal area and its thirteen communities. CORAL is helping them strengthen their local management structures, improve monitoring and enforcement of rules, and find alternative sources of income that will reduce dependence on fish. These interventions will combat overfishing, especially of juvenile fish, allowing more fish to live in the reef and keep the coral free of algae.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €66,000 towards this project (of which, €16,000 in 2022).

See also:
      Coral Reef Alliance: other projects
      Other climate projects

Protecting and restoring the Mesoamerican Reef, Honduras
Protecting and restoring the Mesoamerican Reef, Honduras



GreenpeaceDawn Public campaign 'Maak Toekomst', the Netherlands, 2020-2022
The Turing Foundation wants to reach more people and convince them in a positive way to make more conscious and thus better choices which benefit nature and biodiversity. Together with Greenpeace, we have investigated how this can be achieved. The communication agency Dawn has developed a plan for a campaign. We believe we can use this campaign to stimulate a large group of people in a catchy and positive way to make their voices heard and increase the pressure to 'make a future'. We feel that this is the moment to move from consumerism towards a movement ensuring that choices are made at system level for a better future. This will have a lasting impact, ultimately benefiting the earth and, in turn, people.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €1,200,000 towards this campaign and is also doubling third-party contributions towards this campaign up to a sum of €500,000.

See also:
      Greenpeace: other projects
      Other projects in Netherlands
      Other climate projects

Publiekscampagne 'Maak Toekomst', Nederland, 2020-2021
Publiekscampagne 'Maak Toekomst', Nederland, 2020-2021



Biodiversity in the sea
Mission Tiburon Boosting the habitat of hammerhead sharks, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, 2024-2025
Misión Tiburón is an NGO set up by two marine biologists. During their work they discovered that the hammerhead shark is one of the planet's most endangered species. They also realised that in the last decade insufficient attention has been paid to the species' nursery grounds and that protecting mangroves is essential to this shark's reproduction. A particularly important nursery ground is Golfo Dulce, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and one of only five tropical fjords in the world. Whilst Misión Tiburón's task was originally research, it now mostly focuses on protecting and restoring mangroves, involving local communities in this protection, and collaborating with the Costa Rican government to achieve goals in the climate agreement. In recent years, the mangroves in the region have been threatened by urban growth, sea-level rise, erosion and sedimentation. For this reason, the Misión Tiburón team decided to integrate an ecosystem approach in its work. The team now consists of eight members, with the founders still actively involved in the organisation's work. It collaborates closely with the local and national government in Costa Rica and with international organisations such as UNEP and IUCN.

This project will support the Costa Rican government in meeting its international obligations to protect and maintain 100% of its coastal areas, ensure management and effective monitoring of the wetlands and develop mechanisms to sustainably use mangroves for locals' livelihoods. The organisation started restoring mangrove areas in the last year and now needs additional financing to increase the scale of its restoration work. Misión Tiburón will continue to involve local communities and promote alternatives for their livelihoods.

The aim of the project is to strengthen the hammerhead shark reserve in Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica by protecting and restoring mangrove areas and reducing local communities' ecological and social-economic vulnerabilities.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 200,000 towards this project (of which, € 60,000 in 2024).

See also:
      Other mangrove projects
      Other climate projects

Versterken van het leefgebied van de hamerhaai, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica
Versterken van het leefgebied van de hamerhaai, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica



Sea Ranger ServiceRijksuniversiteit Groningen Zeegrasherstel in de Oosterschelde, Oosterschelde, 2024-2026
The Sea Ranger Service> wants to enable marine biodiversity recovery on a greater scale by developing maritime innovations and training young people as Sea Rangers to carry out operational nature restoration activities. In collaboration with the University of Groningen, which has been a prominent competence centre in research into and implementation of seagrass restoration for several years, this new project has been initiated to involve Sea Rangers in implementing sea grass restoration at a greater scale. The aim is to restore seagrass in the Eastern Scheldt and thus develop a method which can be replicated in large-scale restoration projects outside Europe. Actively restoring seagrass will contribute towards the reintroduction of the plant in the Eastern Scheldt. Seagrass can help improve greatly local biodiversity. Restoration can be achieved quickly, as seagrass restoration research in the Wadden Sea has demonstrated. Researchers documented a positive biodiversity impact within two years, with 30% more bottom-dwelling creatures in the seagrass than outside the test field. Most were herbivores such as snails, periwinkles, amphipods, sea isopods and mussels. These species are the base of a rich food web and are eaten by many fish and birds. Moreover, restored seagrass meadows can also reduce coastal erosion by stabilising sand with their network of roots and rhizomes, as well as acting as carbon sinks by absorbing CO2 from the water and storing it in the seabed. In short, seagrass meadows play an important ecological role, and in north-west European seas they have a comparable diversity of marine life as tropical coral reefs. This ecosystem engineer is a key component of a rich ecosystem. Not only on a local level but impacting mobile species such as fish and birds too. The lessons learnt from seagrass restoration projects will contribute towards new internationally recognised standards for seagrass restoration by the Consortium for European Seagrass Analysis and Restoration (CESAR).

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 150,000 towards this project (of which, € 50,000 in 2024).

See also:
      Other projects in Netherlands
      Other seagrass projects

Zeegrasherstel in de Oosterschelde, Oosterschelde
Zeegrasherstel in de Oosterschelde, Oosterschelde



Blue Marine Foundation Protection of the Dogger Bank, the Netherlands, 2023-2026
Blue Marine Foundation is established in 2010 with the objective to protect and restore marine life. The organization was founded by the team that created the award-winning book and documentary "The End of the Line', a story that showed the damage that is caused due to overfishing marine environments. The Doggerland-project is a continuation of the important court case that was won in June 2022. This case enforced the protection of the British part of the Dogger Bank. Building upon this case, Blue Marine wants to put more legal pressure on both the EU Commission, the Netherlands and Germany to enforce the adoption of more ambitious protection decisions that will protect the European part of the Dogger Bank.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €200.000 towards this project (of which, €50.000 in 2023).

See also: Other projects in Netherlands

Bescherming Dogger Bank, Nederland, 2023-2026
Bescherming Dogger Bank, Nederland, 2023-2026



Wildlife Justice Commission Investigation into the Illegal Shark Fin Trade, 2024-2026
The Wildlife Justice Commission's mission is to disrupt and help dismantle the transnational criminal networks that trade in wildlife, timber and fish. They do this by gathering evidence and to use the collected materials to enforce governments to take more responsibility. This project specifically targets the shark fin trade, which is responsible for the death of an estimated 100 million sharks per year (approximately 10% of the global population). The unregulated shark fin trade is the biggest threat to sharks. The aim of this project is to disrupt global illegal networks and to prevent the export of shark fins. Another outcome will be that global intelligence services will obtain an increased understanding about shark fin trade, and thereby contribute to the protection of these vulnerable species.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150.000 towards this project (of which €75.000 in 2024).

See also: Wildlife Justice Commission: other projects

Investigation into the Illegal Shark Fin Trade
Investigation into the Illegal Shark Fin Trade



Conservation International Sustainable mangrove conservation, Liberia, 2023-2024
Conservation International is one of the world's largest international nature conservation organisations and has been working for over 30 years towards a healthy and prosperous world in which society values and protects nature. The Turing Foundation has previously supported one of its mangrove projects in the Philippines. The organisation has 27 country offices, including Conservation International Liberia since 2002. This country office aims to improve management of five protected mangrove nature reserves and increase their number to fourteen protected nature conservation areas in Liberia, including the Marshall coastal area. They want to enable 34 communities to protect this area through conservation agreements in exchange for support in a jointly chosen area. This project is making this process possible and enabling them to conduct two surveys that are required for the government to consider giving the area a protected status. An ecotourism plan is being developed to generate income needed to properly manage the area.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 300,000 towards this project.

See also:
      Conservation International: other projects
      Other projects in Liberia
      Other mangrove projects

Sustainable mangrove conservation, Liberia
Sustainable mangrove conservation, Liberia



Wetlands International Unlocking knowledge on mangrove recovery, Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia, Philippines, 2023
Wetlands International is the global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands, their resources and biodiversity. Wetlands International is one of the five founders of the Global Mangrove Alliance and aims to improve knowledge sharing about effective mangrove restoration. It is working with international, national and local partners on best practices, starting in Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines. With these best practices they are helping governments create good mangrove policy at landscape level. This will be followed by developing a communication strategy to mobilise the global mangrove community, which will ultimately contribute towards more effective restoration of 30,000 hectares of mangrove area in ten countries.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 300,000 towards this project (of which € 30,000 in 2023).

See also:
      Wetlands International: other projects
      Other projects in Guinea Bissau
      Other projects in Tanzania
      Other projects in Indonesia
      Other projects in Philippines
      Other mangrove projects

Passing on knowledge about mangrove restoration, Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines
Passing on knowledge about mangrove restoration, Guinea-Bissau, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Philippines



Blue VenturesMiaramientagna Federation Scaling up community-led conservation of marine ecosystems, Madagascar, 2023-2026
Blue Ventures is an organisation that campaigns for the preservation and protection of the sea, and puts people first. It supports coastal communities in remote and rural communities to rebuild fisheries, restore ocean life and develop sustainable ways of generating income for the local community.

This project focuses on protecting 557 km2 of marine area in the Bay of Tsimipaika, in the north-west of Madagascar, based on community-led marine conservation. This is being reached by supporting the Miaramientagna Federation's coordination of bay management. Fishing restrictions are being implemented, and sea grass reserves and no-take zones are being established to improve biodiversity and increase fishing yields. In addition, 21 members of the community are being trained to monitor the marine ecosystems and use their data to show the local community the advantages of complying with the sustainability measures. Various aspects of local communities' decision-making are being improved and local support is being fostered for new and larger marine reserves.

The Turing Foundation is contributing 193,000 towards this project (of which, € 70,000 in 2023)

See also:
      Blue Ventures: other projects
      Other projects in Madagascar
      Other climate projects

Scaling up community-led conservation of marine ecosystems, Madagascar
Scaling up community-led conservation of marine ecosystems, Madagascar



Coral Reef Alliance Long-term, adaptive management systems to promote resilient reefs and communities, Honduras, 2023-2025
Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) works with local coastal communities to protect 'their' reefs, to create a network of healthy and diverse reef formations that can adapt to climate change. CORAL is working on the preservation of the second-largest barrier reef in the world, the Mesoamerican Reef. This project is focused on the Caribbean coast of Honduras, and requires strengthening corals and promoting the herbivorous fish population. Without herbivores, macroalgae can grow unchecked, which can smother coral reefs and disturb the delicate ecosystem balance. Thanks to an earlier project supported by the Turing Foundation, the fish biomass in Tela Bay has almost quadrupled and the positive effect of Marine Protected Area (MPA) patrols on herbivorous fish populations has been demonstrated. Using this knowledge, CORAL now wants to scale up to sustainable fisheries along the north coast of Honduras. Activities include standardising measurement methods of fishing activities and socio-economic data, conducting a socio-economic evaluation of the new area, expansion of aquaponics (sustainable food production at sea), strengthening fishermen's unions and improving the exchange of knowledge.

The Turing Foundation is contributing 95,000 towards this project (of which, € 40,000 in 2023)

See also:
      Coral Reef Alliance: other projects
      Other climate projects

Protecting and restoring the Mesoamerican Reef, Honduras
Protecting and restoring the Mesoamerican Reef, Honduras



Wereld Natuur Fonds Collaborating with coastal communities in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to protect marine resources, 2023
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been working on nature conservation in the Coral Triangle for 20 years: the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the Solomon Islands. Turing has already given a great deal of support to their work in this region. The WWF wants to stimulate community-led conservation by giving coastal communities the skills, capacity, resources and mandate to effectively protect their marine and coastal areas themselves. The organisation identifies and trains community facilitators, who function as contact people and enable their community to take the lead in conservation. The WWF is assisting fifteen existing community facilitators in PNG in efforts to gain more independence and adding fourteen new community facilitators in the Solomon Islands. Best practice exchanges at a regional level are promoting the adoption of best practices in other areas. This is contributing to the WWF's goal of training 5,000 community facilitators by 2025 to enable coastal communities to protect 'their' nature.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150,000 towards this project (of which, €50,000 in 2023).

See also:
      Wereld Natuur Fonds: other projects
      Other projects in Papua New Guinea

Collaborating with coastal communities in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to protect marine resources
Collaborating with coastal communities in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands to protect marine resources



Universiteitsfonds Wageningen REEFolution sustainable use of restored coral reefs, Kenia, 2022
In Mkwiro village in the south of Kenya, Wageningen University & Research is collaborating with the active Beach Management Unit and the local community on coral reef restoration. A special foundation was established for this purpose in 2016: the REEFolution Foundation. REEFolution wants to develop Mkwiro village into a regional role model for sustainable coral reef use, which other villages and areas can emulate, restoring and protecting a larger coastal area. As well as restoration, REEFolution and the local community are developing livelihoods which contribute to sustainable use of the reef. A 200-metre tourist reef is being constructed so that people can learn about marine life and pay for a diving experience but stay away from the natural reef. A processing machine is also being purchased which will be used to process seaweed into products such as soap and skin creams.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €40,000 towards this project (of which, €10,000 in 2022).

See also: Other projects in Kenya

Mkwiro village, rolmodel voor duurzaam gebruik van hersteld koraalrif
Mkwiro village, rolmodel voor duurzaam gebruik van hersteld koraalrif




Biodiversity on land
Partners Pays Dogon Green Desert Initiative phase II, Mali, 2023-2025
This is the Turing Foundation's second donation towards the Green Desert Initiative of Partners Pays-Dogon. The first projects supported by Turing were focused on countering environmental degradation: planting trees, planting Euphorbia on dunes to stabilise them, preventing erosion using dams made of sandbags, making agreements with farmers to protect areas from tree felling, trees on farmers' fields, tree nurseries, wood-saving ovens, teaching people how to harvest wood without killing trees - everything to kickstart regeneration. Restoration is still the core of the Green Desert Initiative; it has been expanded over the years with projects focused on food supply - in this region that is dependent on natural conditions. Market and school gardens, coupled with education, are used to disseminate ecological techniques amongst the people; nurseries not only help restoration but increase economic activity.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150,000 for three years. Turing's contribution has enabled various subprojects to be implemented, creates continuity for the local organisation and expands the impact of past achievements.

See also:
      Partners Pays Dogon: other projects
      Other projects in Mali
      Other regreening projects

Green Desert Initiative phase II, Mali, 2022-2025
Green Desert Initiative phase II, Mali, 2022-2025



Fauna and Flora International Conserving the forest ecosystem of Wologizi-Wonegizi, Liberia, 2023-2025
Two rainforests, Wologizi and Wonegizi in northern Liberia, are seriously threatened by poaching, mining and rapidly increasing agricultural activity. As local communities have few alternatives, there is increasing interest in commercial activities that will damage the rainforest further. Fauna and Flora International, the only nature conservation organisation working in the area, wants it to be given formal protected status. It also wants to support local communities in demanding their rights and improve policing capacity to ensure that the forests are not exploited illegally. The two rainforests are essential for conserving biodiversity and retaining CO2. Wologizi currently retains 100,000 tonnes of CO2 and Wonegizi 35,000 tonnes. Preventing deforestation will avert the release of this CO2.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150,000 (of which €60,000 in 2023). Turing's support will contribute towards the protection of threatened species and reducing poaching. In the long term it will contribute towards recognised rights for the local communities by adapting national legislation.

See also:
      Fauna and Flora International: other projects
      Other projects in Liberia

The Wonegizi mountain range, Liberia
The Wonegizi mountain range, Liberia



Rainforest Foundation UK Building an independent and sustainable community forests database, DR Congo, 2023-2024
The British arm of the Rainforest Foundation, Rainforest UK, campaigns for the preservation of the rainforests in the Congo Basin and has been working on the development of community forestry since 2010: an effective way of preserving rainforests by granting local communities land rights (concessions). This is of growing importance and potential. In the Congo Basin, more than 75 million hectares of rainforest is eligible for this kind of forestry. With assistance from the Turing Foundation, Rainforest UK developed a database to record all concessions transparently in 2019. The ultimate goal is for this database to run independently, which requires software development and training, as well as guidance in fundraising and lobbying government. The capacity of the database has been increased greatly now, and it is much more user-friendly. Training sessions have been held (in Equateur province, North Kivu and Kinshasa) for organisations at national and provincial level. Materials have been bought for the governmental organisation responsible for Community Forestry (DFC). The DFC has minimal resources and more of Rainforest UK's involvement and time is needed before structural financing can be arranged. This financing is expected in 2024. For this reason, the Turing Foundation supported them in 2021 and in a follow-up project in 2022, and now we are supporting the final bridging phase.

The Turing Foundation is contributing 120,000 towards this project (of which, € 50,000 in 2023).

See also:
      Rainforest Foundation UK: other projects
      Other projects in D.R. Congo

Building an independent and sustainable community forests database, DR Congo
Building an independent and sustainable community forests database, DR Congo



Trees for the Future Forest Gardens, Mali, 2023
Trees for the Future aims to alleviate small-scale farmers' poverty and hunger by helping them revitalise land and plant trees. The organisation developed the forest garden approach by which a farmer develops an area of 0.5 hectare into an agroforestry area. It will help 500 farmers in Mali set up a forest garden over the next three years. The farmers will be given intensive training in cultivation, sustainable farming techniques and materials such as seeds and tools with which to grow plants. Each area will have a living fence installed, consisting of three rows of plants and trees (2,000 in total) to protect livestock and prevent erosion. In this enclosure the farmers will plant another 1,000 fruit, nut and leafy trees, as well as food crops such as tomatoes, onions, cabbages and peppers. A total of 250 hectares of degraded land will become more productive and richer in biodiversity and 500 farming families' incomes will be increased.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €40,000 towards this project (of which, €20,000 in 2023).

See also: Other projects in Mali

Forest Gardens, Mali
Forest Gardens, Mali



Greenpeace Community Forest and Peatland Solutions project, D.R. Congo, 2022
Greenpeace wants to halt logging in the Congo basin, and sees community forestry as a sustainable alternative to destructive industrial logging and large-scale agricultural plantations. In the period 2015-2018, Greenpeace supported two village communities in Bikoro and Lisala in obtaining a Community Forestry concession, in order to give the local community land use rights. The Turing Foundation already supported this part of the project with a contribution of €110,000. The process is in full swing and requires continuous political lobbying. Greenpeace is continuing the activities in 2019-2023 and is assisting the two communities in the final phase. It is also expanding the project with the addition of a third community. The ultimate aim is to have all three concessions approved with a working management plan which will enable the villages to develop socio-economically without degrading the environment. Greenpeace is drawing attention to this project to show the outside world that community forestry is a feasible and better alternative to industrial logging.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €150,000 towards this project.

See also:
      Greenpeace: other projects
      Other projects in D.R. Congo

Monboyo River and Peatland Forest in D.R. Congo
Monboyo River and Peatland Forest in D.R. Congo



Peace Parks Foundation Biodiversity Conservation Nyika National Park, Malawi, 2022
The Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) advocates the creation and development of transfrontier conservation areas in southern Africa with the ultimate goal of supporting sustainable economic development, biodiversity, peace and stability in the region. The Turing Foundation already supported the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve in Mozambique in the period 2009-2015 and thanks to this support the park has become one of their model parks. Since 2003, the PPF has been involved in the Malawi-Zambia nature reserve, which was officially registered in 2015. Part of this area is the Nyika National Park, which is located on a 2,000-metre-high plateau with a unique climate, landscape and biodiversity. Poaching is the biggest threat to maintaining a healthy ecosystem in the park. It contains extensive, undulating highland grasslands and the PPF wants to increase the effectiveness of patrols by introducing horses and dogs. This will increase the probability of catching poachers; greater effectiveness will eventually reduce poaching.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 300,000 towards this project (of which, € 50,000 in 2022).

See also: Peace Parks Foundation: other projects

Biodiversity Conservation Nyika National Park, Malawi
Biodiversity Conservation Nyika National Park, Malawi



Forgotten Parks Foundation Creating an alternative for illegal natural resource exploitation in Upemba, D.R. Congo, 2022
Since 2017, Forgotten Parks Foundation (FPF) has been the official park manager of Upemba- Kundelungu National Parks Complex together with Institut pour la Conservation de la Nature. The park complex is a unique contiguous nature reserve covering a total of 30,000 km2 that has suffered considerable degradation thanks to a lack of monitoring and protection. The FPF wants to conserve nature and protect the ecosystem by combating poaching and unsustainable extraction of raw materials. The organisation will 1) work with the government and communities to ensure proper law enforcement, 2) protect and restore biodiversity, which includes species reintroductions, and 3) as the park manager, the park will take the lead in sustainable socio-economic development with government and businesses in Katanga, one of the richest provinces in the DRC. They face an enormous fund-raising challenge and Turing's donation contributes towards achieving three ambitions: preparing an aircraft for service, better sanitation for rangers and preparing three additional cars for service.

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

See also: Other projects in D.R. Congo

Creating an alternative for illegal natural resource exploitation in Upemba, D.R. Congo
Creating an alternative for illegal natural resource exploitation in Upemba, D.R. Congo



Jane Goodall Instituut Nederland Extending community-centred conservation to include agroforestry, Eastern DR Congo, 2022
The Jane Goodall Institute is committed to protecting chimpanzees and their habitat. The organisation has been working in the east of D.R. Congo since 2005 to protect a large and important habitat area and has been coordinating the 'Ushiriki' consortium since 2011, which consists of 20 conservation partners working in a forested area of 270,000 km2. The Institute wants to introduce agroforestry as a sustainable land management method once a community forestry concession has been obtained. The concession is important to the community, but guidance on how to subsequently use the area sustainably is equally important. Agroforestry has proven to be a good method for growing and harvesting profitable products whilst also having a positive effect on biodiversity. The Institute is engaging young people by setting up Roots & Shoots groups and developing them into local influencers for nature.

The Turing Foundation is contributing 80,000 towards this project (of which, €40,000 in 2022).

See also: Other projects in D.R. Congo

Extending community-centred conservation to include agroforestry, Eastern DR Congo
Extending community-centred conservation to include agroforestry, Eastern DR Congo



Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary Habitat Restoration in Loma Mountains National Park, Sierra Leone, 2022
Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary looks after captive and orphaned chimpanzees, but also wants to prevent this by teaching children in schools and communities about the importance of nature. The organisation also works with the National Protected Area Authority (NPAA) to better protect their habitat, such as in the Loma Mountains National Park. With this project, the Sanctuary has enabled 21 local communities to do restoration and protection work themselves. The Sanctuary has also strengthened law enforcement and biomonitoring. Over the next two years, communities will grow and plant out 70,000 seedlings, restoring degraded areas in and around the nature conservation park. The payment they will receive will be used to develop nature-friendly income-generating activities such as beekeeping or food gardens.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €52,000 towards this project (of which, €26,000 in 2022).

See also: Other projects in Sierra Leone

Habitat Restoration in Loma Mountains National Park, Sierra Leone
Habitat Restoration in Loma Mountains National Park, Sierra Leone



Tree AidAssociation for the Development of Promotion and Training Activities Restoring Koulikoro, Mali, 2021-2022
Tree Aid helps villagers in arid areas of Africa unlock the potential of trees to combat poverty and protect nature. The Turing Foundation supported one of their regreening projects in Mali in the period 2016-2018, with good results. With its local partner Association for the Development and Promotion and Training Activities (ADAF/Gallé), Tree Aid is restoring 2,000 ha of degraded land by planting trees and promoting natural regeneration. In close collaboration with the community, they are setting up two nurseries and will eventually plant 14,000 saplings. Farmers are being trained in better land management techniques, such as protecting shoots, better pruning techniques, erosion resistant stone walls and water management. Wood-saving ovens and vegetable gardens are expected to reduce pressure on the ecosystem.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 105,000 towards this project (of which € 25,000 in 2021).

See also:
      Tree Aid: other projects
      Other projects in Mali
      Other regreening projects

Restoring Koulikoro, Mali
Restoring Koulikoro, Mali





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