together we are making a difference

Our members voted and the results are in! The Adventure Travel Conservation Fund is excited to announce the grant winners for the 2017 ATCF Grant Cycle where we were able to distribute $135,500 to five different projects that were nominated by our members. A huge congratulations to Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust, Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program and WILDCOAST on receiving the highest member votes!

In addition to the three projects mentioned above, two projects were adopted via our Adopt a Project program by REI Adventures and World Nomads. Congratulations to Conservation Volunteers International Program and Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) on being recipients of these grant funds!

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Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust

Grant Amount: $16,500
Grant Year: 2017
Project: The project will provide a permanent settlement dedicated to the Gahinga community of Batwa pygmies, a group of about 90 adults and children, who were displaced from their ancestral homeland in Mgahinga twenty five years ago and who have been living as marginalized landless squatters since then. Their ancestral land was gazetted as a national park to promote mountain gorilla conservation.


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WILDCOAST

Grant Amount: $30,000
Grant Year: 2017
Project: Support the conservation of coral reefs in 687,767 acres of six protected areas in the Mexican Pacific by improving coral reef monitoring, strengthen visitation management, and advancing coral reef legal protection.


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Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation

Grant Amount: $30,000
Grant Year: 2017
Project: This project protects the unique natural and cultural resources of adventure travel destinations by working to conserve orangutans and one of their last primary rainforest refuges, through environmental education and providing sustainable livelihood options to local communities as a method to deter or change livelihoods from participating in environmentally destructive activities


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The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee

Grant Amount: $29,000
Grant Year: 2018
Project: The main purpose of the SPCC has been to keep the Khumbu clean through the development of waste management infrastructure, adopting an integrated sustainable waste management approach, including establishing a system for waste separation, strengthening of community participation in waste management, public education, and finding opportunities for waste reduction, reuse and recycling.


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Conservation Volunteers International Program

Grant Amount: $30,000
Grant Year: 2018
Project: Conservation VIPĀ® will collaborate on the Boardwalk Project with the Torres del Paine Legacy Fund, a non-profit travel philanthropy fund dedicated to improving the visitor experience and long-term health of Torres del Paine National Park and its surrounding communities. This Boardwalk Project provides a critical component on a new Alternate Trail route in Torres del Paine.