FREELAND‘s efforts to help reformed wildlife poachers adopt eco-friendly alternative livelihoods was highlighted as a top sustainable solution at the Rio+20 global conference today.
More than 200 Ministers, Heads of State, civil society leaders, CEOs, and everyday people welcomed the launch of the Sustainia100 catalog, which highlights FREELAND’s poacher rehabilitation program along with 99 other top sustainability solutions from around the world at a special event.
FREELAND’s “Surviving Together” program first sunk its roots around Khao Yai National Park in Northeastern Thailand. It helps ex-poachers become organic farmers by providing agricultural training, business establishment loans and marketing support.
Assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is helping FREELAND continue outreach to reform poachers and encouraging replication of the program across some of Asia’s most vulnerable landscapes.
Developed in collaboration with the UN Global Compact and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Regions20 initiative, the Sustainia100 highlights innovative, working and scalable solutions to the planet’s most pressing challenges.