Strategic Partners

EcoLogic’s strategic partners are often international-, national-, or regional-level organizations usually with particular areas of specialization that complement our own. We collaborate synergistically with these groups to implement activities and solutions alongside our local partners.

Our Strategic Partners:

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ArtCorps

Artcorps_thumbnailAdvance social change initiatives by promoting art and culture as powerful tools to generate cooperative and sustainable work between development organizations and the communities they serve.

Since 2009, EcoLogic has welcomed ArtCorps fellows to our project sites in Guatemala and Honduras. As fellows, professional artists volunteer for one to two years to support the environmental, health, and human rights initiatives of nonprofit organizations in Central America.  ArtCorps fellows use creative approaches to educate, empower and mobilize communities.

Conservation Capacity Network

EcoLogic has taken a leadership role via a virtual networking platform called Red Virtual para la Capacidad en la Conservación (the Conservation Capacity Network). This platform utilizes an online sharing network called Yammer and is a space to track conversations and ideas generated at a 2013 conference called, the International Conference in Colombia: Capacity Building for Conservation, which Dave Kramer attended. Participants are interested in sharing lessons learned from the conference as well as their own experiences and practices applied in the field. This network is looking for ways strengthen capacity within institutions and among communities and local leaders responsible for the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in Latin America for the long-term. Together, we envision a dynamic community that will answer questions about building capacity and solving problems together from the grassroots level all the way up to the national level and beyond.

Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA)

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Establish and promote initiatives supporting energy efficiency, renewable energy, cleaner and more efficient use of fossil fuels, energy poverty, infrastructure, sustainable forests and land use, and climate change adaptation.

US President Barack Obama invited Western governments to participate in ECPA while at the April 2009 Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago. He suggested a number of initiatives ECPA should support; US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested the addition of sustainable forests and land use, and climate change adaptation. More than a dozen initiatives began in eight countries in ECPA’s first year alone. EcoLogic first came into contact with ECPA in the summer of 2013, at an event celebrating the top ten finalists in the Solution Search contest sponsored by Rare and The Nature Conservancy. As a direct result of conversations at this meeting, EcoLogic officially joined ECPA late in 2013.

Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI)

elti_logoCombine the unique strengths of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to enhance environmental management and leadership capacity in the tropics.

ELTI was created by the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in April 2006 to strengthen the capacity of individuals, communities, and institutions in the regions of high tropical forest biodiversity so they are better able to protect these ecosystems. EcoLogic has partnered with ELTI to provide workshops and training evaluate on payment for ecosystem services (PES) projects. For example, in 2010 we teamed with ELTI, Forest Trends, and Rainforest Alliance to conduct a workshop on the identification and management of projects that use PES mechanisms. More than 50 leaders and technicians from Central American community organizations and nonprofits attended the week-long course, which focused on PES programs for water, carbon, and biodiversity.

Fundación Natura

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To promote and conserve the environment and develop sustainability across the management of resources for the betterment of quality of life.

Focused on conservation of the environment and sustainable development through resource management, the Panamanian nonprofit Natura Foundation raises money directly and makes grants for environmental projects; it also administers resources granted by other entities, public and private, for environmental projects. Recognizing the need in the Darien province for a strong local organization that promotes sustainable development and environmental conservation, we began working with the Natura Foundation 2009 to help local peoples create such an entity.

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

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Mobilize high-level national and donor commitments toward the goal of universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels.

Established in 2012, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is an organization associated with the United Nations Foundation. The Alliance is a cross-sector partnership of public and private organizations committed to protecting the environment by promoting the use and adoption of clean cookstoves across the globe. The Alliance’s “ambitious but achievable goal” is to see the adoption of clean cookstoves in 100 million households by 2020. EcoLogic officially became one of the Alliance’s partners in 2013.

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP)

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IFIP will transform philanthropy globally through encouraging and facilitating partnerships with Indigenous Peoples to further vision, imagination, and responsibility to tackle the challenges of our times.

Founded in 1999, IFIP informs grantmakers and policy makers about the need for increased financial support of Indigenous causes; and provides a forum for Indigenous leaders to demonstrate how donors’ contributions make a tremendous difference to their capacity to improve lives, strengthen communities, and protect the planet. IFIP serves as a platform through which new and experienced donors share ideas about visionary philanthropic leadership and donors’ roles in social change related to Indigenous peoples, communities, and concerns. IFIP provides international donors with relevant information, recommendations, and guidelines and offers a portal through which to connect directly with Indigenous grantseekers.

Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Initiative

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Support the integrated management of rural landscapes for food production, ecosystem conservation, and sustainable livelihoods through cross-sectoral knowledge sharing, dialogue and action.

Facilitated by EcoAgriculture Partners, the LPFN Initiative is a three-year collaborative process of “research, discussion, knowledge-sharing, and advocacy” dedicated to the advancement of the sustainable development of rural landscapes. The initiative began with a dialogue of stakeholders in Nairobi in 2012, and will continue beyond 2014 with a global review of data on conservation and development, and advocacy to promote integrated landscape approaches to conservation. EcoLogic’s participation in the initiative officially began in 2013 as a result of conversations begun late in 2012.

New England International Donors (NEID)

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NEID is a community of individuals, grantmakers, social investors, and advisors who are changing the world from New England.

Through personal connections, grappling with difficult questions, educational opportunities and information sharing NEID is sparking donor engagement and collaboration to further philanthropic and personal goals. NEID was founded with the vision of providing a venue for networking with thoughtful leaders; for educating each other about best practices in international philanthropy and development; for sharing information about resources and events; and for doing together so much more than could be done alone. NEID Members collectively distribute tens of millions of dollars around the globe each year.

People and Reforestation in the Tropics: a Network for Education, Research, and Synthesis (PARTNERS)

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Bringing natural and social scientists together to address the complexity of socio-ecological processes that shape tropical reforestation.

The PARTNERS network was founded in 2014 by Dr. Robin Chazdon, EcoLogic board member and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Connecticut. The network brings together anthropologists, economists, forest ecologists, foresters, geographers, landscape ecologists, political scientists, and sociologists from around the world who share a deep interest in forest regrowth in the tropics. Working together, the network will synthesize existing knowledge, identify knowledge gaps, identify new directions for interdisciplinary research, and prepare peer-reviewed documents for educators and policy makers.

Reforestamos Mexico

Reforestamos_Mexico_logoTo secure the forests and jungles needed by Mexico for its development.

Reforestamos Mexico was founded in 2002 by the company Grupo Bimbo in response to a request for help from the Mexican government’s minister of the environment and natural resources following a series of fires in 1998 that devastated many forests in Mexico. Reforestamos Mexico works with local indigenous groups to help support reforestation and conservation efforts throughout the country. Reforestamos Mexico collaborates with EcoLogic to provide guidance and technical assistance at our project sites and support in our interactions with the Mexican government.