|Community Water Workshop in Pisque Sub Basin, Ecuador.
Credit: Fundacion Futuro Latinoamericano
The Tinker Foundation’s work on the environment is focused on efforts that support sustainable management of habitat and resources and incorporate social and economic dimensions affecting the well-being of local communities. Projects will address these challenges at multiple levels ranging from engaging with policy makers, to capacity building, standards development and implementation. Funding is available for projects that address one of the following key themes.
Promoting Sustainable Management Practices
Projects should address the crucial links between effective resource management and communities that use them and seek to ensure that economic returns resulting from improved management policies benefit local populations. Potential strategies include assessing and establishing best practices; developing the human talent required to manage and conserve resources (i.e., technical training); and identifying mechanisms, practices and/or policies that avoid or mitigate overexploitation. Particular issues of interest include sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry and non-timber forest products. Projects may also consider the conservation and livelihood aspects of sustainable tourism, fisheries management and payment for environmental service programs.
Water scarcity and quality issues have emerged as a critical concern worldwide. In Latin America, as elsewhere, the shortage of water and the resulting social, economic, and health costs disproportionately impact the poor. In that light, the Foundation has a particular interest in projects that promote equitable access to a clean and secure water supply. Ideally, proposals should offer innovative ideas and policies that improve locally determined mechanisms for watershed management; develop water policies and management methodologies based on local hydrological assessments; or identify, implement and replicate workable models of freshwater management and protection.