Help Save Orangutans with Synchronicity Earth and HUTan-kinabatangan orangutan conservation project

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Synchronicity Earth

UK-registered conservation charity
HQ: London, UK

Synchronicity Earth aims to be a different kind of conservation organization. We are research-driven, raising and distributing donor funding to the conservation sector. To increase the impact of this funding, we develop programs, collaborating with others to coordinate action. We are in this for the long haul – we know the changes we want to see will not happen overnight and so we develop lasting relationships with our partners and encourage donors to move beyond short-term project cycles.

We want to help create a global network of conservation allies. The work we do helps to bring about meaningful change for endangered species and vulnerable ecosystems and has a positive impact on the livelihoods of often marginalized communities. Conservation depends on people, but should benefit all life. Through our partners we work in areas where there is an urgent need for conservation action, developing programs which make a difference to species, habitats and local people.

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An Earth in which all life is valued, celebrated and flourishing.


We act to address overlooked and underfunded conservation challenges for globally threatened species and ecosystems.

Our work

The heart of our approach lies in identifying ecologically important places, ecosystems and species, globally, that are threatened or face emerging threats, but are largely overlooked or poorly served by conservation funding and effort. Our goal is to build networks of support and funding for the people and organizations working to conserve these places and species.

While conservation funds and action are often directed towards iconic regions and charismatic species, our focus is on the gaps in between: a highly biodiverse region that receives little conservation attention; species that few people know or care about, but which are no less important; a vulnerable yet vital ecosystem that remains out of sight, out of mind to all but a few.

Funding Conservation

▸ Our Programs

Our conservation Programs are the result of extensive research, analysis and funding. They are targeted at areas of significant need and they bring together a multi-faceted approach to challenges.

Through our Programs, we seek to provide long-term support to organizations undertaking a range of activities to address challenges. We believe it is important to pool donor funds to coordinate funding, monitoring and impact reporting, reducing the load on organizations and bringing donors together to achieve impact at scale.

We connect organizations within our programs, sharing learning and assisting them to build capacity.

If you support a Program with a donation, all your funding goes to that Program. We do not deduct management charges.

Our Programs include:

▸ Regeneration Portfolio and Partners

Our Regeneration portfolio is designed to find those organizations able to repair heavily degraded forests, corals, mangroves and wetlands, bringing life back to regions where biodiversity has been lost. Our aim is to ensure that future generations will be able to see an abundance of wildlife in the wild.

This funding approach is particularly aimed at businesses, who understand the importance of the ‘E’ in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) requirements for business management. This ESG framework is intended to produce a more sustainable economy, recognizing “that the generation of long-term sustainable returns is dependent on stable, well-functioning and well-governed social, environmental and economic systems” (United Nations Principle of Responsible Investing).

Our regeneration partners include:

▸ HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project

Hutan was established by Dr. Isabelle Lackman and Dr. Marc Ancrenaz in 1996 and has since evolved from a small organization primarily focused on orang-utan research to a dynamic partnership which is instrumental in the conservation in the Lower Kinabatangan of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo – one of the world’s most important biodiversity areas.

Forest degradation and fragmentation present major threats to the long-term survival of biodiversity in the Kinabatangan floodplain, a part of Borneo that has already lost 80 per cent of its natural forest to palm oil plantations. The forests that remain are home to many unique plants and animals, but they are highly fragmented, making them vulnerable to further degradation, which also isolates wildlife populations, leaving them at risk of imminent extinction. For example, the orang-utan population in Kinabatangan has fallen from 20,000 individuals in 1900 to an estimated 785 in 2016, a decline of 96%.

Hutan undertakes its mission to conserve the Bornean orang-utan through a holistic, multi-faceted approach. It carries out survey and monitoring work for orang-utans; it creates solutions for better management of palm oil plantations; it works with local communities to create innovative mechanisms where local development is compatible with long-term conservation of orang-utans and their habitat; it regenerates degraded forests, and it works to influence wider policy in Sabah Province. Whilst the organization’s focus is on orang-utans, in working to conserve the habitats of the Lower Kinabatangan floodplain its work also benefits a number of other species including the Helmeted hornbill, Bornean gibbon, Proboscis monkey, Edible nest swiftlet and Asian elephant, and it has even begun to develop specific programs of work for some of these species.

Synchronicity Earth has supported Hutan since 2014 in its work to conserve and restore the biodiverse ecosystems of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, in Malaysia Borneo as a part of its Regeneration portfolio.

▸ Our Endowment Funds

Our solution is to create ‘Funds’ to provide long-term annuity income. These are expendable endowment funds, which we look to grow through careful, diversified investment, and which will pay out annual income streams (including capital and income) to fund conservation work.

This initiative gives donors the opportunity to provide long-term support, either through a single donation or a series of donations, and plug the gaps left by more traditional fundraising approaches. It aims to:

  • Grow donations over time
  • Put donations to work over the long term, providing a stable source of annuity funding to key organizations and groups over a timescale that is needed for conservation action
  • Bring donors together to provide coordinated and strategic funding

Synchronicity Earth is building a range of funds to target key programs of work. Currently the following funds are available to donors:

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Fundraising Goal: $20,000

Synchronicity Earth hopes to raise funds to continue supporting their programs and partners who are working to protect vital species and environments worldwide.

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Synchronicity Earth is one of the very few organizations prepared to support those vitally important conservation efforts that don’t necessarily grab the headlines. This approach is proving to be a lifeline to the important work of conservation organizations and projects which might not otherwise be funded.
— Dr William Darwall, Head, IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit

Snapshot of Our Work