“The opportunity to be in the field and see first hand the programs, their successes, and their challenges was an educational experience one cannot get in an office. Witnessing the Socio Manglar program and engaging with the people of the Nuevo Porvenir Association really helped anchor in me CI's messaging that through people we can also solve our environmental challenges. By creating a local community of citizen scientists/park rangers, these programs are able to protect nature and provide economic opportunities to communities in need.”
— Brian Schoening, Program Manager of Environmental Sustainability with Northrop Grumman Corporation
In March, Conservation International (CI) launched its first Business for Nature (B4Nature) Exchange, which was developed through the Business and Sustainability Council. Initiated to immerse emerging business leaders in CI’s work on the ground and to explore how companies, communities and countries can collaborate for sustainable development, the 2019 B4Nature participants traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador. Here they learned about incentives for protecting forests and mangroves, the sustainable use of marine resources and the improvement of human well-being.
Ecuador has about 160,000 hectares of mangroves, which are vital to local communities and wildlife — and to the global fight against climate change. Conservation International and Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment, with support from the Walton family and the Global Environment Facility, are implementing Socio Manglar, which provides coastal communities with financial incentives for the protection of mangroves.
Through Catapult, we hope to offer the B4Nature program again in 2020. If your company is interested in learning more, please contact us.