Lushawn Murphy via Crowdrise
July 04, 2012
BENEFITING: Selva International
SELVA International is a nonprofit organization that offers free to at-cost professional services in scientific, environmental, and project consultation and collaboration to promote effective and local conservation worldwide.
At SELVA International scientists are working to preserve our environment and natural resources. Promoting a new conservation ethic based on good science and sound economics. They 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.
SELVA was founded and is run by experts. Their 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, their 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. They don't manage their own projects because it's expensive, and it makes conservation dependent on outside support. Instead, they help local groups implement their own low-cost initiatives.
SELVA invests in local people. They avoid hiring expensive outside consultants who lack regional expertise. Instead, they invest in local experts who have long-term stakes in projects near their homes.
SELVA supports local initiatives. They know that projects planned by outsiders often fail because they're not locally relevant. Through capacity building, they support local, relevant projects that would not otherwise be implemented for lack of funding or expertise.
SELVA plans long-term. They reject the current model for conservation financing, which is based on large budget grants that support short-term projects (often 1-3 years) doomed to failure when funding ends. They collaborate on local projects until they are self-sustainable.
SELVA invests wisely. They don't spend conservation monies on excessive technologies, reports, analyses, etc. that are unnecesary and do little to promote actual conservation. Every item they support results in quantifiable conservation.
SELVA International is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under the provisions of Chapter 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations to SELVA International are tax deductibl