Associations and programmes selected for their concrete actions.
The President of the Association, Julien Pierre, 2nd row player for ASM Clermont Auvergne rugby team explains: « La Passerelle (Link) project is designed to make a commitment to useful, concrete and effective actions that benefit threatened species. »
All donations made to La Passerelle are used for precise and targeted actions conducted by associations that we have identified on a local level. We offer you complete transparency to gain your trust.
La Passerelle Conservation supports actions around the world
The Snow Leopard Trust
This foundation works for the conservation of snow leopards, the iconic feline of central Asia. Today, snow leopards are listed as endangered species with only 4000 to 6500 in the wild. Threats to the species include poaching, reduced prey on its habitat and conflicts with local populations.
Since 1980, this foundation has worked towards the preservation of the species in its natural habitat, with actions in the countries of Mongolia, India, China, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan, representing 75% of the wild population.
Red Panda Network
Red pandas live in China, Myanmar, Bhutan and Nepal. They are listed as endangered by the IUCN with less than 10,000 left in the wild. The primary threat against the animal is the reduction of their habitat, but they are also poached for their fur. The Red Panda Network works in Nepal, fighting against poaching, educating local populations, especially around the national park of Nepal. They hire local villagers as forest rangers to monitor the panda populations, and locals also help protect the panda’s habitat through reforestation. They also provide educational materials for local children to learn about biodiversity and discover local plants and animals.
Giraffe Conservation Foundation
The tallest of land mammals and certainly the most graceful, giraffe populations are estimated at 90,000. Rothschild’s giraffes are one of the most threatened subspecies of giraffes in Africa, with only 670 in the wild. They are poached for their meat and skin. They are also used in local medicine for their unsubstantiated healing powers against HIV. The foundation monitors populations, participates in awareness programmes and conducts studies on the genetics of African giraffes, and recently proved that there are actually four different species of giraffes.
White-cheeked gibbons are listed an endangered by the IUCN. These primates are hunted for their meat, their habitat is reduced by deforestation and the young are captured by private collectors. There are more than 3,000 illegally held gibbons on the island of Borneo alone. Project Anoulak (meaning conservation in Laotian) works in a natural park in Laos conducting scientific behavioural studies, protecting ecosystems, raising awareness among local populations and training future local biologists.
BMAC, Barbary Macaque Awareness Conservation
The Barbary macaque is the only wild monkey in Northern Africa, living in the forest of Morocco and Tunisia, and on the Rock of Gibraltar, making it the only wild primate in Europe as well. Listed as endangered, there are less than 10,000 in the wild, and their populations continue to shrink through habitat destruction, overgrazing and illegal trade. BMAC raises awareness among children, locals and tourists by organising exhibitions and giving presentations at schools and to local farmers. They also study and follow the macaque populations and have created a rehabilitation and educational centre.
Big Life Foundation
Africa is a continent filled with exceptional species – lions, elephants, giraffes – species that are today threatened. Their populations are decreasing and will continue to do so, even to extinction, if we don’t act fast. Big Life was co-founded by a photographer and an ecologists, who are leading the war on poaching. The foundation works with local populations to maintain and protect local fauna by hiring local rangers and training dogs that patrol an area in Africa. They also compensate local farmers for cattle lost to lions.
La Passerelle Conservation also works with local associations to preserve biodiversity in Auvergne:
Auvergne Natural Spaces Conservatory (CENA)
The regional chapter of the national association, protects natural heritage through the conservation of different local plants and animals, preserving the balance of the regional ecosystem and maintaining natural environments and diversity. The CENA has three missions: creating a network of natural sites, assisting and advising public policies and informing and raising awareness among the general public.
This local association aims to protect local bat populations through studies, conservation and awareness. They have different activities throughout the year: counting populations, activities, telemetry, capture, ultrasound studies… The association has identified 29 species in the region, of the 34 present in France. If you see any bats in the region, don’t hesitate to contact the association.