Society for Environmental Exploration
was established in 1989 as a non-profit non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem integrity and building sustainable livelihoods for communities in the world’s poorest countries. We are a member
of IUCN and have been carrying out scientific research for over 20 years in many of the world's most significant biodiversity hotspots. The aim of our research is always to support biodiversity
conservation and the development of sustainable livelihoods.
biodiversity is central to our conservation
activities. We have provided baseline data in many areas that previously lacked them and we work to monitor changes over time,
allowing policy makers to see where action is need. Thanks to a regular and committed workforce of
volunteers and in-country staff, we are able to collate large, comprehensive datasets on biodiversity,
which are vital for the establishment of in-country conservation and management measures. Our work also
includes terrestrial and marine habitat mapping, investigation of the ecology and conservation status of
priority species, environmental education and training, and socio-economic research. We have a long and successful history of involvement in forest conservation and management, artisanal fisheries research,
coastal zone management, wildlife conservation, protected area management and community development.
the last 2 decades we have established and managed projects in marine
and terrestrial ecosystems around the world, including parts
Central America, the South Pacific and South East Asia. In
country of operation we work in collaboration with community groups,
government departments, private
sector companies, international agencies and other NGOs. These collaborations have been widely known
under the “Frontier” banner and are fundamental to ensuring our work is always locally relevant
first projects were in Tanzania, one of the world’s poorest countries.
Carrying out groundbreaking
surveys in remote forest, savannah and marine environments, our dedicated field researchers built a comprehensive picture of areas that were formerly ignored, despite being, as we discovered, among the
most biodiverse areas in the world. We have since undertaken a myriad of conservation projects, all of
which have striven to combine rigorous biological and conservation studies with community development, capacity building, ecosystem protection, economic growth and the development of civil society.
Our projects are
always in partnership with local institutions and community groups
and we always aim to
build local capacity and awareness. This multi-faceted mandate reflects our fundamental belief that the
only way to create a mutually-beneficial relationship between man and the environment is to address both
human and environmental needs.
regular project-specific funding from a range of donors, including the
the European Union, the Japanese Development Agency, the Norwegian, Finnish and Danish governments,
the World Wide Fund for Nature, Conservation International, the Darwin Initiative, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund and the National Lottery Fund.
the careers of hundreds of young UK scientists who have gone on to fill
in the conservation sector following completion of field contracts with us.
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PARTNERSIPS & COLLABORATIONS
research programmes are formed of partnerships with local, national and
international conservation agencies, NGOs, governments, universities
and communities. The expertise and support of these institutions and
individuals is fundamental to the success of our work. We are also
contracted and funded by
grant-making organisations and sponsored by international corporations. READ MORE