Saving the world's flora and fauna, especially high-profile examples such as chimpanzees, whales and the tropical rain forests, is big business. Individuals and companies channel their resources to the preservation of nature through various ways, one of which is the funding of environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs). This book is the first to comprehensively address this issue and focus on a dominant theme in environmental philanthropy, the links between ENGOs and CBOs and their sponsors, especially the private sector.
It has been argued that donor support is based on recipient's perceived expertise and needs, with no favouritism of flagship environmental organizations as recipients of donor funds. A counterview holds that the private sector prefers to fund mainstream ENGOs for environmental research and policy reforms congenial to industrial capital. The authors show that the debate about these arguments, together with the empirical evidence on which they are based, may shed light on certain aspects of the nature of environmental philanthropy. The book evaluates practical examples of environmental philanthropy from Africa and elsewhere against philosophical questions about the material and geographical expressions of philanthropy, and the North-South connections among philanthropists and ENGOs and CBOs.
'Environmental philanthropy is growing and changing. This book provides an important and very useful insight into its history, how it works, and where it might go in the future'. – George Holmes, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK
'A rich and varied, indeed eclectic, account of the history, thinking, practice and personalities across a broad swathe of environmental philanthropy. Philanthropy is becoming ever more important and we need more explorations like this to understand the changes it produces, and stymies.' – Daniel Brockington, Reader in Environment and Development, University of Manchester, UK
'Sponsoring Nature presents a multitude of case studies and argues that environmental philanthropy can do both good and harm to the environment and well-being in, often complex, unanticipated and unintended ways … [this book] is an important first step in thinking through the compex pathways and networks through which conservation finance needs to be understood' – Charlene Watson, Environment and Planning C
Preface 1. Shades of Philanthropy 2. Environmental Philanthropy 3. The South-North Connections 4. Philanthropists, Capitalists and Environmental NGOs 5. Framing Environmental Threats: Implications for Funding 6. The Global Environment Facility: Financing Conservation in the Global South 7. Mapping Environmental Philanthropy in Africa 8. Rising to Local Challenges: Grassroots Conservation Initiatives 9. State-sponsored Community Conservation 10. Power Relations, Priorities and the Future of Environmental Philanthropy. Selected Further Reading. Index