Fauna & Flora International

Fauna & FIora International (FFI), founded in 1903, is the world’s first international conservation organisation. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the organisation’s patron. Expanding beyond its African origins, the organisation succeeded in giving conservation a voice on the international stage and drawing worldwide attention to the plight of rare and endangered species and habitats.

Today the organisation’s work spans across the globe, with over 100 projects in nearly 40 countries, mostly in the developing world.FFI Environmental Markets programme is focused on harnessing the power and resources of commercial markets to protect threatened habitats and provide real and meaningful benefits for the local communities who depend upon them. Understanding the values of ecosystem services is inherently complex and much recent interest has focused on the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity.

The organisation’s current focus is on the developing markets for forest carbon through the REDD+ mechanism where FFI has been at the forefront of developing forest carbon markets through projects that will provide sustainable financing for practical and high impact conservation work on the ground. It has been building expertise and a track record in this area for many years and the expansion of its work on ecosystem services lies at the heart of its strategy for the period 2009-2013.