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Closing Civil Society Space: What Environmental Funders Need to Know

Closing Civil Society Space: What Environmental Funders Need to Know

Posted on 5 Mar 2019

The ability of citizens to organize themselves and redress grievances is under attack in 111 countries around the world. For environmental and conservation funders, these restrictions limit the ability to achieve key program outcomes, whether in wildlife protection, forest conservation, or climate change. We can come together with other funders, governments, and NGOs to address the root causes and manifestations of closing space, to help citizens in their efforts to protect our shared planet.

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Building collaboration between academia and conservation

Building collaboration between academia and conservation

Posted on 30 Apr 2018

It is over thirty years since Michael Soulé proposed his model of conservation biology as a “synthetic, multi-disciplinary science”. Since everything humanity needs and does is ultimately derived from nature, it is imperative the sciences, social sciences, policy, practice, human rights, international development, legal and financial systems, culture and the arts come together to address one of the most pressing existential crises of our time. The Collaborative Fund is designed to support such collaboration between nine biodiversity conservation organisations and the University of Cambridge.

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Stewarding the environment and building relationships of trust

Stewarding the environment and building relationships of trust

Posted on 4 Sep 2017

One of the toughest challenges facing us in caring for the environment is that it is going to take all of us working together. The big systemic challenges like climate change or economically-driven degradation of the natural world need systemic responses. Responses are not hard to design, but how to do we achieve the ‘all of us working together’ part? The USA is way out ahead of us here, with funders partnering up with backbone organisations and giving unrestricted funding, in relationships of trust. It is time we in the UK caught up with this approach to whole-systems change.

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Cross-thematic funder collaboration – the future of environmental funding

Cross-thematic funder collaboration – the future of environmental funding

Posted on 2 Jun 2017

Unsustainable development, consumerism, the unequal role of women in society – all have negative impacts on our natural environment. Can environmental philanthropy successfully address the most pressing challenges if we do not acknowledge their interconnected nature? We believe that collaboration with funders from different fields – health, development, social justice – will mean a better-targeted and relevant response to environmental problems, and ultimately more impact. Collaboration across sectors is the future of environmental funding.

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Environmental Funders Network annual retreat 2017

Environmental Funders Network annual retreat 2017

Posted on 20 Apr 2017

Each year EFN hosts a two-day retreat for funders to discuss the most pressing issues concerning those involved in tackling the myriad of challenges facing the environment. ACF’s Emma Hutchins reports back.

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Funding the food and farming CSO sector – challenges and solutions

Funding the food and farming CSO sector – challenges and solutions

Posted on 12 Apr 2017

We believe our current food system is broken, causing not just environmental damage, but epidemics in obesity and diabetes, poverty amongst food and farm workers, and the mistreatment of animals. Last year the Food Ethics Council was commissioned by a group of funders to conduct a census of CSOs in order to develop a picture of the voluntary sector on food, farming and fishing in the UK. The census indicates that the challenges faced by the food system are getting worse. And despite the best efforts of CSOs, the sector’s response is not commensurate with the scale and urgency of the challenges.

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Valuing Ocean Experiments…Part II: the collaborator’s perspective

Valuing Ocean Experiments…Part II: the collaborator’s perspective

Posted on 6 Sep 2016

As a group of Marine NGOs (loosely termed), we are a system, or perhaps more relevantly, we are an ecosystem. We have a loose common purpose, we relate to each other and our actions have consequences for each other, yet until now, we have barely been aware of each other and certainly did not collaborate and coordinate our activities. Not in any meaningful sense. Now this is changing.

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Valuing Ocean Experiments…Part I: the funder’s perspective

Valuing Ocean Experiments…Part I: the funder’s perspective

Posted on 6 Sep 2016

Last year we established the Marine CoLABoration, a group of nine UK-based NGOs, each bringing different approaches, areas of expertise and geographical focus to marine conservation. We are funding the CoLAB to meet, initially over a two-year period, to explore new ideas and areas of convergence in a series of facilitated workshops using experimental ‘laboratory’ techniques. The CoLAB creates a collaborative arena to think differently, experiment with new ways of approaching problems, take action, learn and share. Its vision is to catalyse new and more effective solutions, working with the values that connect people and the ocean.

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Fostering Collaboration Among Environmental NGOs (and Beyond): How Funders Can Help

Fostering Collaboration Among Environmental NGOs (and Beyond): How Funders Can Help

Posted on 15 Jun 2016

EFN convened a group of NGO leaders to ask how funders might support collaboration more effectively. Here's what they proposed, and how funders have responded.

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A Question of Engagement

A Question of Engagement

Posted on 26 Apr 2016

Are we, the environment sector, open to mainstream engagement or do we create barriers to other sectors?  If so, is it an issue for us as funders of the sector?

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