Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines supports CREE’s Philippines Work

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The waters around the Babuyan Islands and Bohol sea are one of the key marine biodiversity areas in the Philippines, and home to such marine megafauna as whales, dolphins, whale sharks, and sea turtles. Yet in the past few years unsustainable and destructive extraction of marine resources have put these areas at risk. Recognizing the critical need to protect marine life and foster local ...

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Conservation meets Creativity in Cameroon

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This spring CREE and its Cameroonian staff have now began the first phase of the expansion of its snail program thanks to funding from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.  The goal of this project is to stop the killing of wild snails and other bush meat such as primates through offering domestic protein alternatives to supplement villagers’ diets. Through the sustainable utilization of domestic snails, CREE’s project helps ensure that wildlife conservation ...

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CREE Sri Lanka work update

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CREE is pleased to share the latest news from its Sri Lanka project, which has just finished reporting on the implementation of a variety of income generating activities for villagers to reduce pressure on the Bar Reef coral reef ecosystem. This work was funded by the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN). This project takes place in the Kalpitiya Peninsula and is the largest coral reef in the southern Gulf of Mannar. Coral reef ecosystems, and marine ecosystems as a ...

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CREE named United Nations International Year of Biodiversity Partner

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CREE is pleased to join a new 2010 United Nations partnership with the goal of raising awareness of the biodiversity conservation crisis worldwide. 2010 is now the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB), and this movement highlights the role biodiversity plays in our everyday lives, including the provisions it offers for fuel, medicine, and food. CREE’s livelihoods centered approach to conservation will help the United Nations highlight global projects where humans are  fostering ...

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Farmer Diaries-from kale to cowpeas in Kenya

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Kenya’s Dunga Wetlands project is a creative farmer-led initiative that seeks to improve crop yields on select farms in the Dunga Wetlands of Lake Victoria, Kenya. Through eco-san toilet technology, which utilizes human waste as a fertilizer, farmers can grow more agricultural crops in less space, preventing the need for further colonization of land near wetlands and hippo habitat, and reducing villager’s clashes with the hippo. CREE funding and dedication from CREE’s Kenya Project Manager Leonard Akwany and his support ...

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CREE receives grant from Google

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CREE is honored to have received support from Google in 2010. Through Google’s ‘Google Grants’ Program, CREE will receive nearly $120,00 per year in google Ad Words money, which will be used for advertising CREE’s projects abroad via the google search engine.

For example, if a user types in ‘Wildlife’ and ‘Africa’ as key words into Google’s search engine, often ads will come up from businesses advertising either hunting or game-viewing in Africa. ...

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CREE featured on Worldview

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CREE is pleased at the recent news coverage it received on Chicago Public Radio’s ‘Worldview’.  Worldview is part of Chicago’s contribution to National Public Radio and is a global affairs program that seeks to go beyond the headlines and highlight voices for positive change in our world.  These range from Nicaraguan sweatshop workers to Nobel Peace Prize winners such as Wangari Maathai. Indeed, CREE’s Executive Director Mike Skuja had the pleasure to ...

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CREE partners with National Geographic

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CREE is pleased to announce a new partnership with National Geographic. Through National Geographic’s new ‘Action Atlas’, CREE now has another platform from which to raise awareness.  The Action Atlas enables individuals around the world to support projects from non-profits such as CREE dealing with vital problems of our time. CREE is pleased to see that National Geographic is highlighting not only environmental projects, but also projects with humanitarian and global awareness goals. Indeed, projects found on this site range ...

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Challenges within the Poverty-Environment Debate

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CREE recognizes that it works at a very difficult nexus within the field of sustainable development. Indeed, being an environmental organization working on community conservation through livelihoods generation and poverty alleviation places us simultaneoulsy in two often distinct fields: that of development and preservation/conservation. What CREE essentially accomplishes from an academic perspective is to straddle the fields of anthropology, zoology, and sociology. But ...

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Sustainable mountain livelihoods

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Recently CREE and its newest Project Assistant Tata Yengo began work in Cameroon implementing our snail farming project. In brief, this project has a goal of reducing pressure on wild snail harvest in the National Park through community-based domestic snail farming and related educational activities. This in turn will reduce onerous harvest of snails in the forest at night by women and children.  We see this twinned goal of village nutrition and community conservation as a ...

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