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Climate Change

The Ashmore Foundation seeks to make a positive and sustainable difference to communities in the Emerging Markets. Increasingly we see the effects of climate change on the ability of communities to survive and thrive. Many in these communities rely on climate-sensitive sectors for their livelihoods and have few resources to fight against the impacts of climate change.

The Ashmore Foundation’s support to combat the effects of climate change is framed around the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Delivered in collaboration with Ashmore (for further information please see Ashmore’s Sustainability Report, available here), our grants support organisations that either capture carbon or reduce carbon emissions, whilst also providing clear societal benefits.

Information about our current grants can be found below.

 

IDEP Foundation

Date: June 2020
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Amount: US $45,528

IDEP have worked for 15 years on conservation with a focus on community resilience in areas where livelihoods are susceptible to the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.

This project will focus on the preservation of natural forests in what are known as buffer zones, human habitations at the edge of forests that encroach and erode the natural habitat. They will work with communities to ensure food security whilst supporting forest preservation. The planting of new saplings and conservation of existing natural forest will be run alongside educating local students on conservation and climate change and helping families find livelihood alternatives to timber activities. It is estimated that over 3,000 tonnes of CO2 will be absorbed over the next year through this work.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the project will also contribute to two SDGs.

  • ZERO HUNGER - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • LIFE ON LAND - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

 

PROGRESO

Date: October 2020
Location: Piura, Peru
Amount: US $32,589

PROGRESO have worked to improve the livelihoods of rural smallholder farmers and members of agricultural cooperatives in northern Peru for the last 27 years.

This project provides alternative energy to improve irrigation systems for rural farmers. PROGRESO will use this grant to scale a successful pilot project replacing diesel-fuelled pumps with solar-powered systems, enabling farmers to access vital water reserves in underground aquifers for irrigation. It is hoped that through scaling this pilot project, further investment interest to expand the project will be generated. The project will create local employment, start a savings scheme for ongoing system maintenance and a sustainable longer-term project, whilst generating financial savings and enhanced livelihoods for farmers and their families. It is estimated that this project will save 14.8 tonnes CO2 from being emitted into the atmosphere over the coming year by omitting 6,000 litres of diesel from production.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the project will also contribute to two SDGs.

  • ZERO HUNGER - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all