catalyzed a community-based forest restoration organization that led to the creation of the ~100,000 acre Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. Since then, the team has planted ~6 million trees and recovered ~13,000 hectares of forestland. For more information, read this brief overview , article, and description of the organization that she founded.
conducted a long-term field study of chimpanzees, in Tanzania, and catalyzed environemntal awareness of through the Jane Goodall Institute as well as Roots and Shoots Clubs for kids. Most recently, she has focused on forest restoration and created a new organization, Trees for Jane, which is collaborating with the Women’s Earth Alliance. For more information, read one of the many books written by, and about, Dr. Goodall.
heads up Swamini, which is "a self-help group set up by nine women from this fishing community in Maharashtra who started Mandavi Eco Tourism in 2017....[a]nd now, as they research their own community’s history, they are rediscovering the edible wild plants around them." For more information, read the full article on their work here, as well as another one here, and see their organization's posts here.
pioneered of forest canopy research, as well as an advocate for both forests and girls globally. For more information, read about her background here, as well as her memoir here, and a children's book on Dr. Lowman here. In addition, learn about her non-profit organization -- Tree Foundation -- here.
worked with the National Council of Women of Kenya to create a project that addressed deforestation, which became the Green Belt Movement and planted tens of millions of trees. Over time, her work also focused attention on the role of private landownership in deforestation. For more information, read one of the many books on her and explore ongoing work through her Foundation.
founded the organization Synergy of Congolese Women’s Associations (SAFECO) to promote collaboration between women’s organizations and create a unified front in working toward peace and women’s rights. SAFECO has teamed up with the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, to focus on women’s rights and ending illegal logging in the Itombwe Rainforest. For more information, read this brief overivew.
advocates for indigenous autonomy as well as protection of indigenous lands and cultures, while also being the first female Kofán member of Sinangoe’s land patrol. For more information, read this brief overview and watch video.
enables conservation through addressing one of the root causes of deforestation in rural communities -- which is the need for cash to pay for health care -- by co-creating a medical clinic and barter system for accessing medical care. For more information, read a brief overview of her work here and watch a video on her work here.
helped to protect ~15 million acres in Chile and Argentina by establishing 11 national parks and 2 marine parks through her work as president and co-founder of Tompkins Conservation, which followed her time as CEO of Patagonia, Inc. For more information, please see this website, this map of protected areas created, and this movie.
leads the community engagement components of Operation Crayweed, which is creating patches of transplanted crayweed onto a reef in order to restore forests of this essential species across an entire site. She is also a marine ecologist based at UNSW Australia and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. For more information, please see this website.
created organization focused on reversing tropical rainforest deforestation through engaging with local communities and investing in their identified solutions. Collaborated with Indonesian colleague, Hotlin Ompusunggu, to show that the approach works in Indonesia through ASRI. Currently focused on adaptation and application in Madagascar and Brazil. For more information, read a brief overview of her work at Health In Harmony here and about her book here.
And many more forest girls as well as forest women globally.