Savitri & The Gaia Foundation: The Importance of Seed Sovereignty

The production and preservation of organic, local and agroecological seed is needed now more than ever. Not only to restore our depleted soils and preserve traditional & resilient seed varieties, but also to ensure that we as consumers have access to healthy nutritious food.

New Partnership with Beaver Trust

This #WorldWildlifeDay we announced our new partnership with Beaver Trust, an exciting addition to Savitri’s growing work on ecosystem restoration. Beavers play a crucial role in the functioning of our ecosystems, serving as a nature-based solution to land, river and wildlife restoration. Although native to Britain, these ecosystem engineers were hunted to extinction 400 years ago. More recently, they have been reintroduced across the UK in an effort to reverse environmental degradation and decreasing wildlife numbers.

Conserving Rwanda’s emblematic crowned crane

We are pleased to announce that for the second year, Savitri have committed to sponsor a Whitley Award. This year our recipient is Olivier Nsengimana, a vet who now heads up the Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association and with this award, will scale up his efforts to protect the endangered grey crowned crane in Rwanda.


A new partnership with Whitley & the Andean Bears

We are keen to increase our support for environmental work beyond India and this year, for the first time we have partnered with the Whitley Fund for Nature.  We’ve sponsored one of their awards which give funding and wider ongoing support to outstanding nature conservationists around the world. Winning an award (often referred to as the ‘Green Oscars’)  offers a spotlight to some of the best locally-based environmental work in the world.

We were delighted to meet ‘our award winner’ Ximena Velez-Liendo. With 18 years of experience working with bears, her cross-disciplinary project will generate the first population estimate for bears in  the country and scale up efforts to quantify human-bear conflict. The results will be used to support a national plan for the species’ recovery and develop strategies to enable coexistence with farmers. 

To understand more about this fantastic work, Sir David Attenborough narrated a short film about Ximena and her bears here…