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collaborating for lasting change

Rare has trained and partnered with hundreds of local communities, national governments, public and private institutions, and NGOs.

At present, we have more than 100 community behavior change projects underway in countries including Brazil, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Mozambique, and the Philippines. In each we are catalyzing the adoption of enduring and climate-smart approaches to coastal fishing, watershed management, and agriculture. In the next five years, we aim to train 2,500 local change agents in over 25 countries to inspire the adoption of such solutions.

Together, with our growing network of partners, we seek to meet the increasing demand for community behavior change at scale.

This is the power of partnerships.

community leaders

For over forty years, Rare has partnered with community leaders in more than 50 countries, and trained them in the principles of behavior change and social marketing to help them inspire community pride in natural resources. Lasting partnerships with these community leaders help mobilize people to manage natural resources sustainably, enabling communities and nature to thrive. 

Read about Rare's partnership with a fisheries technologist in Cantilan, Philippines to stop destructive fishing practices and protect the livelihood of fishers and their families.

local governments

Partnerships with local governments are critical to understanding local contexts and informing how we design solutions so they work for each unique community. We develop trusting relationships with Mayors and other local officials to put in place governance frameworks that protect the local environment while reflecting the needs of the individual communities.

Read about Rare's work with 30 municipalities across the Philippines to empower communities with local control over the management of coastal resources.

regional governments

Just as key as local governments are regional government offices who often have the responsibility of protecting natural resources like watersheds or coral reefs across multiple localities with different or even conflicting priorities. We partner with these regional or provincial governments, typically environmental or development authorities, to bring all stakeholders to the table, scale innovative local solutions and help pride for sustainable management of natural resources from community to community.

Read about our partnership with a regional environmental authority to support sustainable watersheds across Colombia's Valle de Cauca.

national governments

Countries are constantly balancing natural resource utilization with conservation to meet the needs of their people—and effective solutions often begin at the local level. Having worked in Brazil, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Mozambique the Philippines, and other nations, Rare has a long history of partnering with national program offices and ministries to remove barriers and incentivize implementation of community-led solutions, with the potential to scale.

Read about our work with Indonesia to shift how local fisheries are managed.

policy partners

Implementing policy solutions at the national level requires partnerships with organizations with global reach. Rare partners with multi-national organizations to find, replicate and scale policies that achieve conservation and development outcomes, and secure commitments from national governments to implement them.

Read about our work with the UN's Fish and Agriculture Organization to promote coastal management policies as a tool for community resilience to climate change.

other ngos

NGOs are looking to invest in proven solutions that can help them achieve their missions to help people and the planet. Rare partners with like-minded NGOs to bring together diverse and complementary areas of expertise to tackle the greatest environmental challenges facing humanity. Watch the video highlighting Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Ocean Initiative, which supports Rare’s coastal fishery reform work in the Philippines and Brazil.

academic institutions

Every day, new insights from the natural and social sciences are transforming how we understand human behavior and decision-making—including how we engage with nature. Rare partners some of the world’s foremost research institutions to bridge the gap between thought leaders in behavior change research and field-based conservation practitioners.

Read about our collaboration with top researchers from leading academic institutions to launch the Center for Behavior & the Environment.

private sector

There simply isn’t enough global philanthropy to meet the world’s sustainable development goals (SDGs). Scaling a conservation or development focused solution means finding creative ways to blend public and private capital for lasting impact. Rare collaborates with corporations and impact investors to develop innovative market-based approaches, and blends private capital with public funding to finance the transition toward more sustainable behaviors.

Read about Rare's work with a tech company in Iceland to preserve fish caught in Mozambique.