Iko Esai in Nigeria, Africa, is home to precious tropical rainforest and extraordinary biodiversity, including gorillas, chimpanzees and forest elephants. In collaboration with local communities and partners, NABU protects the forest and secures livelihoods. more →
Sustainable Regional Development
NABU is committed to promoting sustainable regional development worldwide. Our international projects always include income-generating activities, comprehensively addressing all three dimensions of sustainability by balancing economy, ecology and social equality.
Our activities include
• ecological agriculture,
• climate-resilient crops,
• regional product brands,
• value additions or
• community-based eco-tourism solutions.
Poverty is a factor often overlooked in sustainable regional development. At NABU, we know that poverty results from decreasing ecosystem services thereby perpetuating resource exploitation and creating even more poverty. We therefore actively promote sustainable regional development which benefits the people of today, without endangering their and future generations’ survival.
Nationally and internationally NABU critically accompanies political decision making e.g. by pushing for global sustainable development – as envisioned in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Kafa Biosphere Reserve is challenged by the lack of sustainable employment and innovation for green development and adaptation to the impacts of climate change. The project aims at structuring the up to now non-commercialised garden coffee value chain. more →
Using charcoal releases carbon that damages the climate and threatens natural forests. NABU is working with environmentally aware women to promote the use of sustainable briquettes made from coffee husks. more →
Degradation of highland forest landscapes of South Ethiopia is a serious threat to livelihoods and biodiversity. NABU is engaged with the goal of preserving the forests of Bench-Sheko, Kafa & Sheka as carbon sinks and long-term ecosystem service suppliers. more →
The protected area Mahavavy-Kinkony in Madagascar suffers from degradation of its coastal ecosystems. NABU and ASITY Madagascar joined forces supporting communities for restoring ecosystems, improving livelihoods and responding to the impacts of climate change. more →
The largest lake in Ethiopia, Lake Tana, is a source of life for 4 million people in the region. Over the course of the last decade, however, the consequences of increased industrialization and development have been posing a threat to this vital water supply. more →
By capacitating coffee farmers for better yields and climate resilience, supporting local communities with forest-oriented income and sustaining the biosphere reserve and its ecosystems, we aim to maintain the unique forests of Yayu Biosphe Reserve. more →
The marine biodiversity of the Coral Triangle is threatened by overfishing and habitat degradation. We support coastal communities of the Banggai Islands to secure their livelihoods through sustainable fishing practices in line with the Marine Protected Area. more →
NABU realises its project „Sustainable yak husbandry in the Kyrgyz Tien Shan Mountains” as part of the Federal Environment Ministry's Advisory Assistance Programme in Middle and Eastern Europe states, Caucasus and Central Asia. more →