Devon Environment Foundation

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Mission Statement

Channelling funds from businesses and philanthropists who want to protect and restore nature to the grassroots projects and organisations that will make it happen.

Description

Given the scale of the climate and nature emergencies, our ambition is to protect and restore at least 30% of Devon’s land and water by 2030.
As one of largest rural counties in the UK, with two separate coastlines, Devon is the perfect place to scale Nature-based Solutions - to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises - on an exponential scale.
We aim to showcase what 30% for nature looks like on a local level to help other regions follow, and enable the UK to reach its national commitment by 2030.
We will implement our vision by supporting the most effective grassroots projects that regenerate nature, especially those that can be replicated and scaled.
“Nature conservation is essential, but it’s no longer enough. We’ve taken too much from nature, and now it’s time to give back by funding nature regeneration on an unprecedented scale. This is the decisive decade to create a legacy of a living world for future generations. Our aim is to inspire many more people and businesses to fund nature regeneration, and to enable many more nature restoration projects to exponentially scale their vital work.”
- Amanda Keetley, Executive Director, Devon Environment Foundation
We support local, passionate people that care about our environment to supercharge their impact and bring about long-lasting change.

Program Details

- Helping donors achieve net zero emissions by coupling their carbon reductions with our nature regeneration projects.
- Tapping into our network of experts to ensure we support the projects offering the largest returns for nature.
- Seeking to build local coalitions that catalyse systemic change.
- Filling a gap by being agile, unbureaucratic, and 'getting stuff done'.
- Providing projects with vital funds to scale their impact.
- Attracting new sources of environmental funding by showcasing what can be achieved by nature regeneration.
- Pooling funds and creating leverage for each donor to share in the successes generated by total DEF funds raised.
The first four projects the DEF supported (Sep 2020) are:
- The Apricot Centre: a regenerative farm in South Devon that has collected five years’ worth of data on farming productivity through sequestering carbon, supporting biodiversity, creating climate resilience and providing local food security. DEF funds will enable the Apricot Centre to share its findings with the farming community to increase the education and adoption of new methods
- Moor Meadows: a meadows restoration scheme that increases plant and insect biodiversity by encouraging landowners to create, conserve and restore vital meadow habitat on Dartmoor. DEF funds will enable Moor Meadows to create a toolkit offering advice and learnings to inspire landowners to devote more space to natural meadows and create nature corridors throughout Devon
- Biome Algae: an off-shore seaweed farming research trial, with the backing of the University of Exeter and Plymouth, that aims to prove the economic, environmental and social benefits of off-shore kelp farming. DEF is helping to fund this research with an aim to scaling this pioneering practice to other locations off the Devon and Cornwall coasts
- Till the Coast is Clear: a plastic pollution clean-up initiative clearing shorelines of plastic pollution with access hard reach areas of rivers, coast and estuary, using a special recyclable boat and a fleet of kayaks, while volunteers educate and engage local communities on plastic waste prevention. Funding from the DEF will enable them to continue clean-up work and move into new locations along the Devon coast
Primary Issue
Wildlife
Secondary Issue
Water
Address
Lower Warren Rd
Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 1LF
United Kingdom
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