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Who We Are

The Forest Collective

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public charity (Tax ID 92-2561856), The Forest Collective oversees projects focused on the conservation of tropical forest ecosystems.  It is a parent organization consisting of three Programs: Partners for Red ColobusProgramme Communautaire Sapeli, and Atingo Elimu. Our projects within these Programs rely entirely on grants and public donations, which are deductible for federal tax purposes.

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Our Mission

We aim to conserve and restore tropical forest ecosystems through applied scientific research, education and outreach, and by collaborating and partnering with experts, civil society organizations, government agencies, educators, local communities, and artists.

Our Story

The five founders created The Forest Collective to merge our ongoing conservation efforts. We realized that our programs and teams shared similar visions for the future of forest ecosystems and the communities reliant upon them and understood that we would be stronger together.

Soon after the publication of the Red Colobus Conservation Action Plan, Carolyn Jost Robinson, Alexandra Hofner, and Joshua Linder (all of whom studied red colobus in Cameroon) formed Partners for Red Colobus, LLC as a way to implement some of the education and outreach priorities identified in the action plan. Atingo Elimu is an offshoot of our education and outreach programming that emerged when Partners for Red Colobus started to engage in outreach projects in forest areas that were not home to red colobus. Programme Communautaire Sapeli in the Central African Republic was developed by Elizabeth Grembo Hall, Carolyn Jost Robinson, Robert Sambo, Tessa Ullmann, and our Central African team as the continuation of four years of dedicated community-led conservation efforts ranging from participatory resource mapping and understanding wild meat trades to research on threatened pangolin species.   

All of our activities have one thing in common - facilitating conservation of threatened species and their forest ecosystems through education, outreach, capacity building, and scientific research.  We also all believed strongly in the importance of collaboration and community engagement as a means to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of conservation actions.  Thus, was born The Forest Collective, under which its three programs - Partners for Red Colobus, Programme Communautaire Sapeli, and Atingo Elimu - support this vision and mission.


The Co-Founders

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