Ecology Programmes

DOB Ecology supports programmes that focus on forests and wetlands, in Africa and South America.

We work on four main themes:

  1. Restoration of threatened and damaged ecosystems;
  2. Conservation to protect biodiversity, including the connection of fragmented habitats;
  3. Innovation that supports the development of knowledge and new ways to analyse and share information and data;
  4. The connection with local communities and their participation.

At the core these ecological activities are to preserve, manage, recover, and make wise use of biodiversity. This includes the prevention of the further deterioration or collapse of ecosystems, formulating solutions to address extinctions and fragmented habitats, reverse biodiversity loss, make use sustainable, and restore the resilience of threatened and vulnerable ecosystems.

DOB Ecology acknowledges that the interplay between human and natural systems is extraordinarily complex. While the quantity of data is rapidly increasing, its quality or usefulness is often difficult to determine or interpret. To address this, DOB Ecology will support the development of new knowledge and news ways to gather, understand and analyse information and data – and work closely with scientists right from the start.




Capital Mangrove Africa – Senegal

Mangroves and their biodiversity are healthy, improving the livelihoods of millions of people and protecting them against the dangers of climate change.

High Andean wetlands for people and nature

Returning Andean wetlands to full health, to support their unique biodiversity, the traditional livelihoods of the communities that depend on them, and to regulate water and carbon to the benefit of society.

Wetlands Water-wise in De Rust

Increasing water supply and improving water quality for community agricultural use by constructing an artificial wetland.

Understanding global-scale ecology to combat climate change

Establishing a unique research group to generate global maps of ecological information to guide local, national and international forest restoration.

The Paraná-Paraguay River System

The Corredor Azul (‘Blue Corridor’) is one of the world’s last remaining examples of a large, free-flowing river system.

La Plata Basin – wetlands without borders

Towards environmentally sustainable and socially responsible governance of La Plata Basin

Landscape restoration in Ghana

Restoration of a degraded forest reserve to its former production function, where remnants of the original vegetation are protected and strengthened to become refuges for biodiversity and where land users in and around the reserve use sustanable land practices.

Capital Mangrove Africa – Tanzania

With an area of almost 597,000 ha, the Rufiji delta hosts East Africa’s largest concentration of mangroves.

Upper Zambezi River

Starting up an ambitious freshwater – species landscape programme focussing on the Upper Zambezi.

Jobs for Carbon

Improving the rural economy and ecosystem health and resilience of the Little Karoo by developing carbon farming as a sustainable use of natural Spekboomveld.

Resource Watch

Resource Watch will be an open, freely accessible, online global data system that unites technology, transparency, and human networks to drive sustainable management of the planet’s resources.

Communities regreen the Sahel

Growing buffers to ensure food security, livelihoods and biodiversity.

Ecological Restoration in the Atlantic Forest

Connecting, Protecting, and Restoring the Most Threatened Ecosystem in South America.