Environmental education were the first type of activities we started with over 30 years ago. Live & Learn's environmental protection activities deliver low cost, community-based actions that protect biodiversity and fragile environmental regions while also providing alternative or innovative livelihood opportunities. Our projects cover environmental governance, biodiversity protection and education, invasive species management, conservation, and eco-tourism training....There is growing recognition that nature serves as the foundation for development over the long term because natural systems support our food production, clean our water, regulate our climate, and safeguard the Earth’s biodiversity. The Sustainable Development Goals show that the interlinkages between poverty eradication, basic human rights and environmental preservation are undisputable.
In all our projects we use the following principles to minimize environmental risks and ensure sustainability:
- Build on local strengths, leadership and ownership, and support and strengthen existing systems and structures
- Promote an inclusive society through inclusive, equitable implementation
- Build up the relationship, accountability and engagement between governments and smallholder farmers
- Deliver visible results, in rural areas, in the short term
- Avoid over engineering, set realistic timeframes, ensure predictability
- Develop and promote programmatic approaches and ensure activity is fully embedded in national policies
- Promote mutual accountability, disciplined and responsible partners
- Promote coordination and harmonisation with other environmental programs
Live & Learn environmental projects often create spin off social enterprise opportunities – such as the Nakau Program, which is a community-based rainforest conservation financing program in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu supplying carbon offsets and Habitat Hectare units to buyers seeking carbon certification, or brand alignment with rainforest protection. In Cambodia our partnership with Engineers Without Borders Australia resulted in the establishment of award-winning social enterprise ATEC Biodigesters - household appropriate technology that combines manure or kitchen waste with water to create fertilizer and gas for cooking.