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Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation International, Inc.

aka CPALI

Walla Walla, WA

Mission

CPALI is an international NGO dedicated to a community-centered approach to conservation. The CPALI mission is to contribute to natural resource conservation by developing integrated, small-scale enterprise systems that link the livelihoods of farm families to maintaining natural ecosystems.

Ruling Year

2004

President, CEO

Dr. Catherine Craig

Main Address

712 S. Palouse St.

Walla Walla, WA 99362 USA

Keywords

economic development, conservation, poverty alleviation, enterprise, wild silk, food security

EIN

87-0713649

 Number

3707665707

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Management & Technical Assistance (C02)

Science, General (includes Interdisciplinary Scientific Activities) (U20)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Over the past 15 years CPALI have been working with SEPALI Madagascar to explore a new approach to conservation that focuses on identifying the economic value of previously unrecognized endemic products and their transformation into marketable goods. While biological hotspots around the world are an integral part of our environment, the protection of these areas has often been at the expense of local people. CPALI identifies and implements a network of interconnected natural products that allows rural farmers to directly benefit from conserving the protected areas from which they were excluded. Instead of building boundaries, CPALI focuses on people and strengthens the existing relationship between local people and their environment through the development of sustainable livelihoods.

Our programs

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Silkworm Rearing Training

Transforming Lives With Silk and Raffia

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

CPALI identifies and implements a network of interconnected natural products that can add value to farmers' lives and support protected areas from which farmers have been economically displaced. The project in Madagascar, led by a local team, is building silk production to meet international market demands. As they work towards self-sufficiency, CPALI will begin to develop new sites in strategic areas of Africa. Utilizing local leadership, endemic resources, and community strengths, CPALI aims to share its unique approach to conservation with people around the world.

CPALI's greatest strength is that it utilizes resources that are already present: endemic species, local leadership, community networks and cultural knowledge. In Madagascar, our Malagasy staff manage the entire project and hire lead farmers in each community to serve as our local liaisons, trainers, and model farmers. Women's groups provide women with leadership opportunities and a chance to earn additional income by weaving the silkworm baskets used by each farmer, processing the wild silk and making textiles. The endemic products cultivated by the farmers allow local people to experience the value of conservation for both immediate and future returns.

CPALI's greatest strength is that it utilizes resources that are already present: native species, local leadership, community networks, and cultural traditions. In Madagascar, our exclusively Malagasy staff manage the entire project and hire lead farmers in each community to serve as our local liaisons, trainers, and model farmers. Women's groups provide women leadership opportunities and a chance to earn additional income by weaving the rearing equipment used by each farmer, processing the wild silk, and making textiles. The native ecosystems cultivated by the farmers allow local people to see and realize both immediate and future returns from conservation. Together with local communities, CPALI is designing a better way to work with nature.

CPALI needs strategic expertise from new staff to help us move forward with the intensive development work and fundraising necessary for expanding to new sites. As our program in Madagascar approaches self-sufficiency, they will require less support from CPALI and we will be preparing to develop new projects in Africa and Asia. This development will require assistance in biology, tropical agriculture, social media, product design, and marketing. Building our US staff would enable us to expand CPALI's conservation program faster by enhancing our educational initiatives as well as the introduction of additional endemic resources that farmers can produce for food and cash. These in turn support protected area plant and animal diversity by lessoning non-sustainabl, natural resource harvesting.

We have had to explore new ways to assess our impact using culturally appropriate (for Madagascar) tools. For quantitative data, we rely on the program’s own financial records, total numbers of participants, trees planted, cocoons deposited into the cocoon bank and comparison to funds devoted to marketing and training that will make the program sustainable. The qualitative information that we have gathered focuses on participant response to program changes and our successes and failures to incorporate new, "green" products into northern markets.

During the first phase of the program CPALI has identified native resource farming as a new means of income-generation where few were available before. We have designed new products, including a non-spun textile which is made with local tools and retails for $100+/ yard on international markets. Our 13 farmer networks, representing more than 300 famers, have planted over 30,000 trees, produced over 40,000 cocoons and reforested more than 75,000 meters of buffer forest. Our greatest accomplishment, although less tangible, is the foundation of trust we have developed with our farmers and the shift in perspective we have seen in terms of the availability and abundance of resources. During the second phase of the program and the one in which we are engaged, we have extended the program to two new ares and have included up to 5 species of silk moth cocoons in product production. In addition we added locally sourced raffia to the endemic products the we we work with. We established an artisans workshop that employs a team of 12 individuals. In 2017 we were able ti return about $28000 in sales to the SEPALI Madagascar team.

External Reviews

Awards

Development Marketplace Finalist 2008

World Bank

SEED Award SEPALI Madagascar 2012

UN, UNDP IUCN

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Financials

Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation International, Inc.

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No