Conservation through Poverty Alleviation International (CPALI)
CPALI’s is a US based non-governmental organisation with a mission to protect areas of high conservation value by linking the economic livelihoods of poor rural farmers to environmental preservation. CPALI works to build broadly based partnerships with local people, governments and other conservation organisations working in CPALI target sites. The technology and partnerships that CPALI develops are transferred to local, independent NGOs or businesses that are self-organized, share CPALI objectives, and are capable of sustaining the new programme through the enterprise base CPALI establishes.
Conservation through Poverty Alleviation International developed wild silk production technologies using indigenous silkworms and plants to support farmers who have been economically displaced from the Makira Protected Area. The money that farmers earn after participating in CPALI’s training programmes can increase their income by 30%-300% - enough to replace extended use of forest resources. These inputs are sustained by CPALI’s innovative products, which can be made locally and sold globally. MSEPALI (Madagascar Association of Silk Workers) is an independent, NGO that has been organized by CPALI’s Malagasy team to take project ownership in two years when the programme is sustainable. CPALI will then work to initiate similar programmes in new areas of need.