This is a challenging time. We hope you, your whānau, and communities are safe and well. The crisis is a stark reminder of the fragility of this planet and all who inhabit it.
Never before has restoring the balance between people and nature been more important. This is why we are continuing our support of local conservation projects across Aotearoa. This ensures they will be ready to continue their vital work once our country returns to normal.
If we are to protect our environment, and our future, we need local action.
From biodiversity projects, nature restoration, predator-free movements, and more - local community groups are saving New Zealand. Their work is critical and there is much to be done.
That’s why WWF-New Zealand supports local action and the people putting in the hard mahi for the well-being of Aotearoa.
WWF, in partnership with the Tindall Foundation, funds local conservation projects through our Community Conservation Fund. This year marks the programme’s 20th anniversary – a huge achievement which isn’t possible without our generous supporters.
The Community Conservation Fund supports people-powered, grassroots organisations making a local impact, rather than national or regional groups. Together, we’ve provided 1,900 groups with over $3.3 million of funding since 2012. The fund has powered 43 projects, including five projects protecting kiwis and three conserving kōkako.
We have achieved so much, but this is just the beginning. All of these groups are doing such crucial work but when you’re a small, grassroots organisation, it can be hard to sustain the funding you need in order to achieve long-term goals.
We’re exploring options which would see us supporting these groups to do their own fundraising and become financially sustainable without relying on grants.
Unfortunately, we receive many, many more applications than we can currently fund. New Zealanders across our country are doing such incredible, essential work to conserve our environment. We would love to support them all.
This is an extraordinary new adventure. We can achieve so much if we work together. We hope you’re with us!
Together, it’s possible to look after our land, our people, and communities so we can live all in harmony with nature. We are in this together. Thank you.