Your Lubutu Impact Report
Winter 2017



At the beginning of the new year, take some time to explore some of the highlights from Lubutu that you made happen.

You strengthened families

Rainforest is best protected when families are strong and healthy enough to defend it. It’s no surprise that health and nutrition are investment priorities for our rainforest partners.

Your Lubutu Impact Report <br /> Winter 2017

Safer stoves

Across the world, fumes and smoke from open cooking fires kill more people than AIDS and malaria combined. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, demand for fuelwood is the biggest pressure on the forest so safer, more efficient stoves has been a priority for our partners in Lubutu. Following six months of local testing, households have worked together to build 347 over the last year, with more planned by April 2018. As a result, fuelwood extraction from the forest has dropped by 58% for families using the new stoves. (It’s so impressive a number, we checked it twice). Women spend less time collecting fuelwood and cleaning their cooking pots, and more with their families and businesses.

You improved the health of the forest

From biodiversity monitoring to GIS mapping, measuring forest health is an essential indicator of the success of Cool Earth’s partnerships.

Your Lubutu Impact Report <br /> Winter 2017


More Grauer’s Gorilla nests have been found bringing the total number of families to twenty made up of 103 individuals. They’re the most endangered gorillas on the planet and we’re thrilled to see them thriving in our Congo partnership.

A village in Cool Earth's Lubutu Partnership in DR Congo

In the Lubutu partnership, the security situation doesn’t allow for camera traps. Instead, Forest Watch Teams have conducted 630 patrols. Species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List spotted this year include a healthy population of 300 endangered Okapi, a huge antelope closely related to the giraffe with zebra-like markings and the extremely rare Congo Peafowl, an endemic bird species whose numbers have been dramatically dropping due to habitat loss. Perhaps the most important work of the patrols has been the removal of a staggering 1,779 snares.

New Beginnings

It is clear that 2017 has been an incredible year with more rainforest saved and carbon locked away than we could ever have hoped. I’m immensely proud of the Cool Earth team for all the work they have put in to make this possible. But as we enter our tenth year, it is clearer than ever that community partners now play the leading role in planning and implementing everything that our supporters fund.

This was always the ambition. The new challenge for a ten year old organisation is to understand what works, what doesn’t and how we can now scale up our funders’ impact.

That means 2018 will be a pivotal year for Cool Earth. We’ll be kicking it off with a full review of the outcomes we have achieved, from canopy protected to incomes built. The work has already started in Peru and the early findings point to one thing; more control of funding by local people.  This is welcome news because local control of rainforest has always been a part of Cool Earth’s mission. But it also raises some thorny questions about Cool Earth’s long-term role in our partnerships.

So 2018 will be the year we learn from what we’ve done. More importantly, it will be the year when we decide what we don’t do, as much as what we do. We promise the impact on saving rainforest will continue to grow, but we’ll also come up with a plan for making sure it can continue to grow for many years to come.

Your Lubutu Impact Report <br /> Winter 2017
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