Freeland helps poor villagers transition from poaching to environmentally friendly livelihoods. By providing training and start-up funds, they help men and women put down their guns, snares and chainsaws to run organic farms that sustain their future.
Freeland protects vulnerable wild animals, communities, and ecosystems from trafficking and over-exploitation. The global organization envisions is a world of pristine ecosystems that is free of wildlife trafficking and human slavery.
Poaching in our model site, Khao Yai National Park in Thailand was reduced 70% after three years of this program (although this needs to be coupled with the fact that ranger enforcement was increased in parallel).
Families that were previously involved in poaching and tree felling were trained to run boutique organic mushroom businesses that brought steady income and helped them climb out of debt.
Reducing Zoonotic Risks from Industrial Agriculture and Farmed-Animal Supply Chains
• Establish contextually appropriate high biodiversity buffer zones around wilderness areas that meet human needs, e.g., agroforestry and silvopasture.
• Limit large-scale commercial farming around wilderness areas.
• Reintroduce genetic diversities in commercial livestock operations.
• Improve livestock sanitary and welfare standards.
• Reduce the demand for and consumption of industrially reared animal products.