To generate sustainable approaches to engage local communities in nature conservation projects

We all depend on the Earth’s resources for our livelihoods and our survival, either directly or indirectly.

People around the world fish, farm, log and hunt for food, shelter and other necessities for their families and communities. However, these resources are finite. If we harvest and use them in unsustainable ways, the resources we need will eventually run out. Therefore, the goal of the innovation factory is to promote sustainable approaches for the benefit of nature and people.

Nature conservation is more successful when the local population can participate actively in its implementation. Hence, we are working with conservationists and local communities to develop innovative ways in which people can use their resources to generate income while promoting natural resource conservation. We are also networking and sharing expertise and knowledge across the four project implementing countries, namely Ghana, Germany, Indonesia and Mexico.

We are the future4nature Team – for the benefit of nature and people!

To find out more about the projects, click on the flags below.


Future4Nature Ghana
Conservation Factory - Lake Bosomtwe
The only natural lake of Ghana is located in the Ashanti uplands, within an ancient meteorite impact crater and is called Lake Bosomtwe. The Ashanti consider Bosomtwe as a sacred lake. Due to the siltation and farming activities in buffer areas around the lake the spatial expansion of Lake Bosomtwe is shrinking. Based on these findings and the fact that Lake Bosomtwe is seen as a sacred lake the Country Unit in Ghana discussed together with stakeholders and based on a needs assessment an innovative concept which involves the restoration of Lake Bosomtwe. The idea behind the concept “Conservation Factory” is to communicate to stakeholders that conservation is a product which is to be manufactured at different tiers and with different players. Read more...

Germany Future4Nature Germany

The Nature Lab
Nature, biodiversity and ecosystems are globally under severe threat. Despite of the fact that many people have a positive attitude towards nature and its conservation, we see biodiversity and ecosystem losses at an alarming rate. Seeking innovative solutions for these challenges needs the involvement of new groups of people from a wider range of professions and expertise. There is a rising awareness that a good life and thriving business for all is only sustainable with functioning ecosystem services in a healthy environment – locally and globally. However, there is still a gap between knowing and doing – people are aware of the threat but do not act – so it is time to turn knowledge into action. Read more...

Indonesia future4nature Indonesia

Local conservation agents for sustainability
Global drivers like industrialization, high energy consumption and a rising demand for raw materials lead to uncontrolled mining and lodging as well as unprecedented greenhouse gas emissions, often at the cost of the local communities. Our planetary boundaries are already being exceeded in some cases. Developing and emerging countries are particularly threatened by climate change and the resulting change of ecosystem services because their livelihoods often rely directly on the health and productivity of natural resources. People have to become aware of the fact that an overuse or inefficient use of resources affects the quality of life profoundly for present and future generations. Read more...

Mexicofuture4nature Mexico

Think outside the box
Mexico is one of the twelve countries in the world with the highest biodiversity. It hosts between 10 and 12 % of the biological diversity on only 1,5% of the surface of the planet and more than 2.500.000 people live in natural protected areas. One of the most important challenges for the country in the upcoming years is to preserve the unique natural heritage and to make it useful for economic development as well as for social justice. Bridging the gap between these aspects isn´t easy to manage but the Mexican Country Unit developed an innovative concept which focus on the important topic of sustainable nature conservation which contributes to the protection of the natural heritage. Read more...


  • Key persons are ready to engage in the innovation factory
  • Competences in project planning and implementation are improved
  • Learn from one another
  • Organisational, financial and human resource requirements are available
  • Self organisation
  • Joint project planning