with SELVA it's simple.
At SELVA International we're scientists working
to preserve our environment and natural resources. We promote
a new conservation ethic based
on good science and sound economics. Most conservation organizations
plan and manage their own projects, which is expensive. Instead,
we direct conservation monies to where they are most needed-
on the ground- to support projects that are low-cost and sustainable,
because they are run by local people.
Unlike most other conservation organizations:
• SELVA was founded and is run by experts. Our
board of directors consists of 100% Ph.D. ecologists. This is different
from most conservation nonprofits, where well-meaning but unqualified
boards define conservation priorities and programs.
• SELVA prioritizes science. As scientists,
primary goal is to work on-the-ground with resource managers, to ensure
that their conservation efforts are based in rigorous science.
• SELVA doesn't manage projects. We don't manage
our own projects
because it's expensive, and it makes conservation dependent on
outside support. Instead, we help local groups implement their own
• SELVA invests in local people. We avoid hiring
expensive outside consultants who lack regional expertise.
Instead, we invest in local experts who have long-term stakes in projects near
supports local initiatives. We know that projects planned
by outsiders often fail because they're not locally relevant.
Through capacity building, we support local, relevant projects that
would not otherwise be implemented for lack of funding or expertise.
• SELVA plans long-term. We reject the current model for
conservation financing, which is based on large budget grants that support short-term
1-3 years) doomed to failure when funding ends. We collaborate on local
projects until they are self-sustainable.
invests wisely. We don't spend conservation monies
on excessive technologies,
reports, analyses, etc. that are unnecesary and do little to
promote actual conservation. Every item we support results
in quantifiable conservation.
to SELVA are raised and spent honestly. We don't use
fundraising gimmicks that promise to do what we won't (e.g.,
buy an acre of land, lower your carbon footprint, adopt an animal,
etc.). Contributors can direct their donations to general organizational
support, or to specific projects they choose.
is not easily accessible to non-scientists,
we promote free networking and information
sharing in conservation among academics,
government institutions, nonprofits, and
promotes sustainable conservation. By
supporting projects that are local, low-cost, based in science,
and long-term, we promote conservation that is effective and