The key to sustainable development and resource conservation is promoting socially-adaptive programmes that are responsive to people's and communities' aspirations, values and cultures.
This is what we at Sustainable Agroforestry Initiative (SAFI) stand for. We facilitate socioeconomic and cultural well-being of communities and support natural resource conservation.
Monkeys and humans living happily and interacting in community protected forest. The only remnant forest in the area.
This ancient forest is about 300 years old and serves as a place for spiritual empowerment and renewal for the community
We envisioned strong, self sufficient communities in healthy and productive ecosystems.
We work towards this vision by exchanging knowledge, promoting creativity and innovations and actively engaging our partners.
We work collaboratively with communities, institutions as well as local and national governments to promote conservation and development.
A conservation programme that incorporates socio-cultural, economic and ecological aspirations of communities will not only conserve resources in perpetuity but will also improve rural economy and contribute to all-inclusive governance.
We at SAFI work with the following philosophy:
Economics: When natural resources have value and communities are incentivised they will manage the resources sustainably to improve livelihoods.
Conservation: Sustainable management of ecosystems will conserve biodiversity (life supporting systems).
Political: The involvement of local people in conservation programmes strengthens democratisation at the local level and that contributes to all-inclusive governance.
Socio-cultural: Conservation promotes social coherence and strengthens communities and their cultural well-being.