THANKS TO YOU, 2016 HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE YEAR FOR COOL EARTH
At the beginning of the new year, take some time to explore some of the highlights from Papua New Guinea that you made happen.
Forest is only protected when families are strong and healthy enough to defend it. It’s no surprise that clean water, health, and nutrition are priorities for all our indigenous partners.
Last year droughts devastated rainforest communities in Papua New Guinea. Crops failed and for those few that could afford the fuel, fresh water supplies were shipped in by boat. Thanks to our supporters we could respond quickly with emergency supplies for our partner village in Orangerie bay. But we’ve made sure the community is prepared by installing eight huge water tanks.
In the coastal rainforest of Papua New Guinea, getting around isn’t easy. The village of Gadaisu used funding for a new dinghy and engine, enabling better transport links between villages and allowing easier transportation of goods to market. The new dinghy also provides a vital means of emergency evacuations to get to the health centre further down the coast.Read More
The bulk of Cool Earth’s investments in communities goes towards building sustainable incomes. In the last year alone, income from cacao has doubled in Pajonal, helping the village become a self-determining, thriving rainforest community.
With a microcredit loan from Cool Earth, our partners built a bakery in Gadaisu village. They sell the produce in Gadaisu market and make 60 – 70 Kina a day ($20), much more than the average wage for that area. And the coconut scones are worth the trip to Papua New Guinea to taste.
This year our partners in Orangerie Bay started a sewing group that will teach skills and provide incomes for women. Sewing and making clothes and textiles is a skill many women in Cool Earth’s partner villages already have. With investments in business training and savings groups, we can turn their smart ideas into income generating micro businesses.Read More
The more biodiverse a forest is, the more carbon it holds. That’s why we use the health of the forest and the species in it as an indicator of the success of our partnerships. And when we find evidence of threatened species thriving, that’s an even bigger reason to celebrate.
Our indigenous partners know more about the forest than we ever will. That’s why they are the best biodiversity monitors in Papua New Guinea. Armed with camera traps and laptops, our local team mates are sending back data from the forest, so we can prove that the forest’s health is improving under their stewardship.
The camera traps have uncovered some brilliant species so far this year. In Orangerie Bay, there’s a thriving population of the elusive Southern Crowned Pigeon – the biggest pigeon on earth. Having this rare species in the forest is a great advantage for our partners. Their presence and need for protection is another weapon in their armoury against the loggers.Read More
It’s Cool Earth’s tenth birthday next year and we’re going for a step change in the way we operate. In preparation, this year we’ve welcomed new villages, new team members, and new ways of working. Together we’ll save a million acres in 2017.
Throughout this year our Programmes team have been working on refining our practices and producing an open source version of the Cool Earth model. This ‘toolbox’ will work anywhere in the world and will be available to any community who want to save their forest. Watch this space - we’ll be telling you much more next year.
Proving our impact and cost effectiveness is crucial, which is why in 2016 we spent time improving how we monitor and evaluate our partnerships. We were also assessed this year by Giving What We Can, a leading charity advisor, who found us to be more cost effective than any other charity working on Climate Change.Read More