Supporting & Financing biodiversity protection projects
Biodiversity is irreplaceable, vital for our livelihoods and businesses and yet widely underprotected and underfunded.
There is no denying that businesses relie on nature to thrive, one way or another, either directly or indirectly. Investing in nature protection and fight pollution is both beneficial and a competitive advantage over competitors following a business-as-usual.
"Nomad Ecology's goal is to identify, support and fund initiatives protecting, restoring and regenerating our rich biodiversity both on land and under water."
Earth's life support
The Ocean is an extraordinary source of life, from the air with breathe to the food we eat ... Indonesia itself has the highest coral reef fish diversity in the world, being a large part of the "Coral Triangle". Protecting the Ocean also means protecting our future, ourselves and the economy that relies on it. Overfishing and other non-sustainable practices are directly threatening our livelihoods. Let's have a long-term vision for our Ocean.
Focusing first on 'biodiversity hotspots' of emerging markets
What are biodiversity hotspots?
According to the CEPF, these are "Earth’s most biologically rich—yet threatened—terrestrial regions". There are currently 36 recognized biodiversity hotspots.
There are two criteria to qualify as such:
Contain at least 1,500 species of vascular plants found nowhere else on Earth (known as "endemic" species).
Have lost at least 70 percent of its primary native vegetation.
Why does it matter?
These areas are home to 2 billion people, including some of the poorest who directly rely on their ecosystem's resources for their basic needs. Biodiversity hotspots are a major provision of clean water, pollination and are a great climate regulator.
Example of action: we support the development of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
We partner up with MPA projects (e.g. with Blue Finance) to allocate financing and revenue-generating activities such as eco-tourism to enable them to support the enforcement of policies with rangers to prevent overfishing or bombing on top of science and community engagement programs. These areas can become more resilient in the long term as a whole.
Case study: Banggai MPA (East Sulawesi, Indonesia)
with Tompotika Foundation, supported by Blue Finance
A Model to give back to nature
With our Model, we ensure that financial resources are allocated to nature protection and restoration and that this money is invested to make a long-term impact and enable local communities and businesses to sustain regenerative activities.
The case of Nomad Archipelago cruises is interesting as it allocate profits to the very same MPAs that are visited during the Banggai cruise, visiting the Bajau (Sea Nomads).
The Bajau, astonishing free divers
Example of other types of Biodiversity Regeneration Projects
Mangroves have incredible carbon sink properties on top of protecting coastal areas from sea level rise and more. They are highly valuable for the biodiversity and local communities. They can sequester up to 4 times what a similar terrestrial forest could do.
Coral reefs cover less than 0.2% of the Ocean but shelter 30% of animals and plants in the Ocean. But they are fragile and more than half of the corals may disappear as a result of rising temperatures, ocean acidification, pollution, overfishing etc.