Yes, many organizations compete for your generous conservation dollar. They all do great jobs. But, let’s face it, typical approaches have had limited success at best. That’s why from the outset, the SavingSpecies founders wanted to be very clear about why SavingSpecies is different.
Read on for a one minute explanation why the SavingSpecies approach works for conservation.
The big picture:
Basically, SavingSpecies funds conservation programs worldwide that conserve the most biodiversity and connects them to donors, helping donors reduce their carbon footprint.
Vision: SavingSpecies aims to conserve biodiversity through identifying the most at-risk areas in the world and then helping local organizations raise funds to connect, protect and restore habitats that will prevent the most species extinctions.
Mission: SavingSpecies uses the best available science and technology to protect and restore Earth’s biodiversity, by connecting fragmented habitats through strategic land purchases on behalf of local organizations, using funds raised from the general public and private organizations.
SavingSpecies Five Key Differentiators
- Projects are reviewed and endorsed by the world’s top conservation scientists
- Work with local NGOs to ensure buy-in and participation of local communities
- Laser focus on top biodiversity hotspots most vulnerable to destruction, buying degraded land for restoration
- Do not siphon off donations for expenses. All funds go directly to projects, which are tracked by satellite photos, enabling donors to see actual impact of their contribution.
- Tie donor funds to carbon offsets so donations help donors be carbon-neutral
- Our projects are scientifically evaluated for likelihood of success, and then endorsed by our Scientific Advisory board comprised of top conservation biologists.
- An important feature of a project to get approved is that it supports local communities by paying them to plant trees and by engaging them in tourism, education or other activities that provide long-term sustainable livelihoods.
- We get the most bang for your conservation buck by targeting degraded land adjacent to larger conservation areas, and then restoring that land to expand the area available for wildlife.
- All donated funds go to land purchase by NGOs in host countries, so we don’t own any land and no donation dollars go to plush offices or staff expense accounts, and a separate account is maintained to support operations.
- We show you via satellite and photographic reports what land your dollar is buying, and the change over time, so that you can see directly the positive impact your donations is having.
- Our scientific surveys of projects allow us to calculate the carbon offset, so we can quantify how much carbon your donation is removing from the atmosphere, enabling donors to reduce their carbon footprints.
How our science works
We use the latest conservation science, with advice from the best conservation scientists on the planet. Our scientific approach is based on three simple activities:
- CONNECT isolated habitats
- PROTECT land and wildlife
- RESTORE the land to natural and native forest for biodiversity
There is no doubt Earth is in a critical condition. The Earth needs healing. The Earth needs resuscitation. Earth needs CPR. Here’s why:
- The world’s biodiversity — its animals and plants and ecosystems — are becoming extinct at rates not seen for sixty million years.
- Unique and rare habitats are dwindling and drying up as global warming causes unprecedented climate shifts.
- Too much carbon is being added to the atmosphere while the natural forest, which can absorb that carbon, is dwindling fast
The equation is simple. Connect + Protect + Restore = CPR for the Earth. It’s not rocket science, but it is what we do at SavingSpecies. And you help SavingSpecies do it every time you support us.
The CPR for Earth graphic shows SavingSpecies’ approach to Connect, Protect and Restore habitats, helping Earth to heal.