Our organisational approach is based on an integrated philosophy that combines our research expertise across multiple disciplines and one which addresses environmental problems through academic and applied engagements with social, political and institutional change.
We differ from conventional conservation organisations in that we unapologetically support the rights of local communities to sustainably utilise natural resources and to exercise their cultural rights and worldviews.
We believe that change is more likely to be achieved through a focus on equitable and democratic governance of natural resources, which can lead to better social and economic outcomes, and incidentally better environmental outcomes.
By focusing on transparency, we explicitly attempt to move away from manipulative, exploitative interventions, ‘hidden persuaders’ and ‘nudges’ implicit in many traditional environmental interventions.
While our focus is on embedding work in local contexts, we also aim to develop models of intervention that are flexible across scales by enabling civil society networks and knowledge-exchange platforms.
Our commitment is to long-term interventions in our geographies of focus. We believe that lasting ecological change and social transformations are often slow processes requiring sustained efforts over many years, and remain outcomes that are best achieved by long-term embedding in local contexts.
Our interventions are context-specific, multi-sectoral and cuts across disciplinary boundaries. We focus on holistic solutions as opposed to narrow conservation solutions that may result in unintended consequences.