Setting Up an Organization to Advocate for Biodiversity Conservation

I have dedicated most of my life to advocating for biodiversity conservation. Previously, I did this through other people’s advocacy organizations. But now, I am thinking of setting up my own advocacy organization. In one of the older blog posts, I argued that the most important thing in conservation of biodiversity is proper identification and protection of endangered species. Today, I am not so sure. If you asked me today, I would tell you that the most important thing in conservation of biodiversity is proper advocacy. It is the proper advocacy that will, in turn, lead to the identification and protection of endangered species. And this advocacy can only happen within the framework of organizations. This is why I am thinking of setting up my own advocacy organization.

The logistics of getting the organization registered are not challenging. To me, it is just a question of going to the Sunbiz.org website, and applying to incorporate this sort of organization — as a non-profit entity. Unknown to many people is the fact that the Sunbiz website also caters for non-profits. There is, of course, some vetting that I will have to undergo. But I don’t expect this to be a challenge to me: seeing that I already have the credentials to set up such an organization.

The area where I really expect to encounter challenges is that of getting funding for my advocacy organization. I have no illusions that this will be easy. Some of the people I previously worked for are almost certainly bound to try to sabotage me. I also know that the funding for these sorts of things comes with lots of strings attached. But I also have confidence in my fund-raising abilities. I know that if I really apply my mind to the task of securing funding for my biodiversity advocacy organization, I will eventually be able to get it.

The Most Important Thing in Conservation of Biodiversity

People often ask me the question as to if there is one key thing that, when done right, would really make a huge difference in conservation of biodiversity. I often get this question of politicians, who are fond of reducing complex issues into sound-bites. Such folks are not really interested in reading the huge tomes […]

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Getting People to Appreciate Biodiversity

It is not easy to get people to appreciate biodiversity. With the exception of people who have scientific training in areas like ecology, zoology, botany and environmental studies, the rest of the folks tend to have very little interest in matters to do with biodiversity. Yet it is critical for all people to be interested […]

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