The mission of FCI is to support conservation of forest ecosystems through the action of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) and through the development of a supporting network of actors providing a multi-disciplinary set of expertise.
The current geographic scope of FCI activities is: Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, South and South East Asia, and Pacific islands.
The following six cross-cutting principles are guiding all activities supported by FCI:
- Focusing on the conservation of high ecological value areas, particularly primary forests and zones with low anthropic activities, with an emphasis on IPLC-driven sanctuarization and preservation of these areas.
- Exercising conservation through a holistic approach to preserve all elements that make up these natural ecosystems and the biodiversity they contain; fauna, flora, soil, air, human beings, and all life cycles which they are part of.
- Respecting the knowledge and rights of IPLCs within and around conservation areas, advancing with their full and effective participation and towards the goal of helping them be at the forefront of decision-making processes and conservation action, using gender just*, rights-based approaches and participatory methodologies in order to take into account the rights, role, needs and aspirations of all members of the community without discrimination.
- Practicing and promoting science-based, evidence-based, adapted, and applied methodologies for projects activities and monitoring that they ensure long-term ecological effectiveness of proposed solutions and clear results for the conservation and growth of local biodiversity.
- Practicing and promoting a multi-disciplinary approach to conservation, taking into account conservation science, environmental law, but also social science including the understanding of economic, political and cultural contexts.
- Fostering open-minded and open-source dialogues, research, information sharing, best practices exchanges, which can advance our understanding and our practice of forest conservation globally as well as locally.
*In line with the Gender Plan of Action of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity