Odyssey Projects

By using a holistic and gender-focused approach, the projects developed by the Odyssey Conservation Trust are…

Results oriented: We use management interventions which are known to be effective and which deliver tangible benefits to local people - and especially to women - to the environment and to wildlife.

Cost-effective: Using a One Health approach and combining traditional knowhow with scientific knowledge allow to obtain important synergistic effects.

Scalable: Using an ecosystem approach facilitates their replication in similar ecosystems

Our projects are all based on the holistic relationship that indigenous and local communities living in biodiversity-rich areas still maintain with their natural environment. We believe that it is the inextricable link between indigenous people’ culture and livelihood and their natural world that represents the key to sustaining world’s cultural and biological diversity.

Numbering around 500 million people and occupying 22% of the global land area, where most biodiversity still exists, they also represent the greater part of the world’s cultural diversity as shown by their linguistic diversity..

Our strategy is to develop at least one project in some of the most threatened ecosystems of the planet in order to be able to replicate the model at a global scale afterwards.

In all these threatened ecosystems, the degradation of natural resources and reduced access to their natural heritage has made indigenous people very vulnerable to a range of “One Health” issues which are specific to their environment and which are increasing with climate change.

Our Partners

  • IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • RVC - Royal Vetinary College University of London
  • WCS - Wildlife Conservation Society
  • ZSL
  • Annenberg Foundation
  • Conservation and Wildlife Fund
  • Foundation - Virbac
  • Network for the Evaluation of One Health
  • African bushcamps foundation
  • Cordio - east africa
  • European Union
  • Exeter University
  • Lion reserve
  • L Fremer
  • WildCRU - Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
  • Wild Programme - Wildlife in Livelihood Development
  • World Bank
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