Your Orangerie Bay Impact Report
Winter 2017

 

THANKS TO YOU, 2017 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.

You strengthened families

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.



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Drought resilience

Our Papua New Guinea partners’ preparations for future droughts don’t stop at resistant crops. Now that devastating drought, once regarded as 50-year events, occur every five years, preserving drinking water is a top priority. We have a programme of installing 9,000 litre tanks to store water from the rainy season in the community of Wabumari and are monitoring how they are used to see if bigger is better or a network of smaller tanks makes more sense. Whatever works best will determine resilience investments this year.

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Gardening in Papua New Guinea

For coastal communities in Papua New Guinea, fish and vegetables form the basis of most meals. The devastating droughts of recent years, associated with a particularly severe El Nino, all but destroyed many food gardens that provided the staple crops of taro and yucca. The communities are taking advantage of better growing conditions to diversify their crops with plans to trial more resistant varieties. Shade protection is especially important and we hope the same approaches that have worked so well in our Peruvian partnerships using Inga trees will take root in Gadaisu and Wabumari.



You've grown incomes

One of the biggest drivers of deforestation is poverty. Building diverse income streams that can withstand bad harvest, floods, droughts and unforeseen emergencies can be the biggest asset in a communities’ arsenal against forest loss. Investing in skills, from accounting to engineering, help create options to selling trees.



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Cake Walk

In just two years the Dabu bakery in Gadaisu, Papua New Guinea has become the heart of village life. The success of the business means that members are now earning up to K200 (£50) a week, almost three times as much as last year. We are now working with the 42 members of the Dabu cooperative to provide training in bookkeeping and other valuable business skills to help scale the economic impact.

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A Stitch in Time

The Gadaisu sewing group goes from strength to strength and just completed its biggest ever order; 50 sets of robes for a pastors’ retreat. The range of products has also expanded, the group are producing dresses, skirts and, the local favourite, Meri blouses. In 2018, the group are looking to apply for community funding for a new generator to take production into the evening and keep up with the demand.



You improved the health of the forest

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.



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CAMERA TRAPS

Our rainforest partners know more about the forest than we ever will. That’s why the local Community Forest Watch Teams in our partnerships in Peru, Papua New Guinea are so key to measuring our effectiveness. With the help of camera traps and laptops, the teams collect images and data from the forest. As well as underpinning our monitoring work, the photos are used in the community schools to show animals the children may never have seen.



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. 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.



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