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 Peru that you helped make happen.
Forest is only protected when families are strong and healthy enough to defend it. It’s no surprise that health and nutrition are priorities for all our indigenous partners.
Last year’s work in maternal health care means the babies born this year in our Asháninka partnership are healthier than ever. Great news all round, but extra mouths could put extra pressure on the forest. That’s why our partners have invested in increasing protein crops and sustainable hunting workshops, so a bigger population doesn’t threaten the forest.
Fish farms have a double benefit. They provide a sustainable source of protein, as well as an income. Our Asháninka partners have been learning from their Awajún counterparts who have successfully set up a fish breeding programme. It means there's less pressure on the forest, and more money in the community bank account.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.
How do you increase crop yields without clearing forest? Using a miracle tree called Inga. As a bonus, it provides fuel wood and is climate resilient. No wonder our Asháninka partners invested in learning how to use this native tree this year.
We received a very special delivery in the spring – the first international shipment of cacao and coffee from the Asháninka partnership. The cacao is being made into bars by Chocolarder, one of the best small bean-to-bar producers in the country. Mike Longman, the owner, says it’s the best chocolate he’s ever tasted.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 Peru. 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.
Workshops with the whole community make sure that everyone gets to share their ideas on the links between the forest animals, the plants, the villages and the whole planet. This keeps the dialogue open about why it’s so important to keep the forest healthy and why it’s great to keep an eye on its health. It also provides the opportunity for the biodiversity team to keep everyone up-to-date with the monitoring results from the forest.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