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Our Mission

Marula fruits from Namibia used for food and dye. Photo: A. B. CunninghamWe believe that cultural diversity is inherently linked to biological diversity and that effective stewardship of our Earth must involve local people. We also believe that traditional knowledge systems are critical to manage and conserve threatened landscapes and adapt to global change.

PPI works alongside local groups to foster responses that build upon their skills and practices. We also work at national, regional and international levels to guide policy and promote ethical and sustainable trade.


What Makes People and Plants International different?


PPI's work is based on long-term involvement with local communities and responds to their needs and priorities. Our work is focused in several regions and is founded on mutual trust, in many cases built over decades. In addition:

  • Our long-term commitment allows us to respond to local needs in ways that are timely, effective and adaptive;
  • Our work bridges scales, linking people and communicating lessons and methods across different levels, from the local to the global;
  • We build on the complementary strengths of scientific and traditional knowledge;
  • We have a lean administrative base and minimal overhead, allowing almost 90% of funding to be used in the field.


People and Plants International is an independent non-profit that grew out of the People and Plants Initiative (1992-2004), a partnership between Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), UNESCO, and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.


Our network of like-minded colleagues includes a Steering Commitee as well as a group of Associates, Affiliates and Student Affiliates.