Selvana Conservation is a curated team of expert consultants that provide support to local NGO’s with financial resources and expertise to fight against illegal logging anywhere in the world.
Although only established in 2015, our Directors have over 50 years of combined experience in tropical forest conservation and we draw on a global cadre of expert consultants in every aspect of forest conservation including biodiversity inventories, species monitoring and forest ranger training.
Who are you doing it for:
Illegal logging throughout the world is related to corruption and organized crime, it fuels poverty and widens the gap between the rich and the poor and between the powerful and the powerless it restricts access to natural resources and has far-reaching economic, social and ecological impacts with recent estimates of US$ 15 billion worth of stolen timber worldwide.
A wide array of ecological impacts are the results of all this illegal deforestation, some direct impacts include the loss of biodiversity, depletion of wild animal populations and loss of ecosystem function. If this occurs within protected areas, as in the case of the Chiquibul Forest, Belize important biological and ecological functions are altered. Corrupt officials, weak law enforcement, poor mobility and poor communication are all usually factors that hamper prevention.
What we do:
- We initially establish good relations with host country NGO and develop a detailed understanding of the conservation issues they face.
- We then use surveys, interviews, and observation to conduct a comprehensive requirements assessment
- We identify technology, training, and processes requirements to take the NGO delivery team to the next level.
- Once we have raised funds and achieved government and executive endorsement, we oversee the implementation process from start to finish working closely with the NGO delivery team.
Current Main Project:
Belize – MAYA 2020 was launched in 2017 as a UK-Belize collaboration specifically to support the work of Belizean NGO FCD in the fight against illegal logging, poaching and mining in the Chiquibul National Park (CNP), Belize. The project is endorsed by the Queens Commonwealth Canopy, the Belize High Commission in London, the British High Commission in Belize and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, Environment & Sustainable Development.
As a Queens Commonwealth Canopy project we are part of a network of similar forest conservation initiatives throughout the Commonwealth. Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) have a co-management agreement with Government of Belize (GoB) to manage the CNP for sustainable forest conservation purposes and they develop, implement and mobilize medium and long term conservation interventions for the entire CNP.
By utilizing modern technological innovations, implementing enhanced law-enforcement and providing alternative livelihoods for local communities we aim to halt all the illegal and destructive activity within the park boundaries by the year 2020.
The Selvana Team is comprised of several other Mount Edgcumbe based organizations including Concentric Advisors, Kits Guitars and Survival Wisdom.
- The importance of biodiversity to the survival of all species.
- Working with local, national and international partners.
- An integrated campaign approach to conservation management