External Partners

Planet Indonesia is dedicated to the conservation of earth’s ecosystems by facilitating productive economic activities in marginalized communities that preserve natural habitats and cultural traditions. Their approach is unique in that they partner with communities to identify profit-making opportunities and support them to create their own business models. PI often refers to their method as a social fusion of development and environmental work. They believe there is a connection between economics, people, culture, and our environment. When these aspects fall out of balance, our world suffers.

WRI’s Global Restoration Initiative works with governments and international partners to inspire, enable and implement restoration on degraded landscapes, returning them to economic and environmental productivity. Alongside IUCN and other partners, WRI has identified more than two billion hectares of cleared and degraded forest and agricultural lands suitable for restoration. Embracing forest and landscape restoration will allow for a world in which the amount of forest cover grows while the productivity of existing agricultural land increases.

Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional is a conservation NGO that protects biologically diverse ecosystems in Latin America in collaboration with local people.   NCI was founded in the southern Ecuadorian city of Loja in 1997 and has since expanded into six countries:  Ecuador, Perú, México, Colombia, Bolivia, and Brazil.  In its twenty years of existence, NCI has helped protect 5.6 million hectares of some of the world´s most biodiverse and endangered ecosystems. Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional (NCI) seeks student researchers to conduct biodiversity monitoring and research in the Andean, Amazonian, and Tumbesian dry forest ecosystems in southern Ecuador where NCI owns and manages nature reserves. 

SosteNica empowers the people of Nicaragua to achieve healthy lives within vibrant, sustainable communities. SosteNica accomplishes this mission through (i) micro-credit, (ii) delivery of education programs focused on sustainable agriculture, forestry, and ecosystem restoration, (iii) formation of markets for locally and sustainably produced goods, (iv) creation of sustainable housing solutions, and (v) incubation of small and medium enterprises.

Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) is the most valuable neotropical timber tree. It is now listed on CITES Appendix 2 because logging has rarely ensured its regeneration. The Programme for Belize (PfB) manages the 260,000 ha Rio Bravo Conservation and Management area for conservation, education and sustainable forestry. In the early 1990s, PfB asked Laura Snook, a Yale F&ES graduate who had done her doctoral research on mahogany, to advise them on silviculture to sustain mahogany production. Between 1996 and 1998, she established a series of experiments to evaluate what kinds of treatments yielded the best conditions for mahogany regeneration, natural, planted, or sown. Laura is now seeking assistants to participate in this long-term research on regeneration and growth of mahogany and other tropical forest trees in the rainforests of Belize.

Andrea Johnson (MESc ’05) offers a field study site and a network of conservation collaborators in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica for a student interested in either research or internships related to either (a) forest restoration and regeneration (natural and assisted) or (b) the social and ecological impacts of changing patterns of land use and ownership in a tropical forest landscape.

CATIE (Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza) is one of Latin America’s most well-respected institutions for education and applied work in sustainable agriculture, tropical natural resource management and rural development. The institution has programs and professors studying a wide array of topics in sustainable agriculture and livestock, agroforestry, forest ecology and management, protected areas, value chains, watersheds and water resources, development practices, climate change science and planning—and it is home to dozens of programs that are putting this research to work to train professionals and improve the livelihoods of people throughout Central America.