WHAT IS A BIO-BRIDGE?
The Body Shop’s World Bio-Bridges Mission aimed to restore wildlife corridors in damaged landscapes to help endangered species reconnect and local communities to live more sustainably.
In this report, discover how with your help, we’ve made a difference for people and the planet through building Bio-Bridges.
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We're supporting three new bio-bridges in India, Ecuador and Rwanda in addition to our original bio-bridge in Vietnam.
Your purchases help towards our £500k contribution to wildlife protection.
These wildlife corridors connect areas of forest to help endangered animals meet, mate and thrive,
and it means protecting 10 million square metres of habitat around the world.
WESTERN GHATS MOUNTAIN RANGE, INDIA
With our partners at World Land Trust and AERF we’re raising £100k to support The World Land Trust in protecting Western Ghats, India to help endangered animals like the Rusty Spotted Cat. The World Land Trust (WLT) protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats.
NANGARITZA RESERVE, ECUADOR
We’ve partnered with WLT and Natural Culture Ecuador to help build bio-bridges in Nangaritza Reserve. We aim to raise £150k that will help build a corridor to connect the Andes with the Amazon, protecting endangered animals like the Spectacled Bear so they can meet, mate and thrive.
NYUNGWE NATIONAL PARK, RWANDA
By partnering with WCS we can help endangered animals like the Eastern Chimpanzee in Nygungwe Rwanda. We aim to raise £150k, which will connect Nyungwe national park to Cyamundogo reserve so more animals can live freely in their natural habitat.
KHE NUOC TRONG FOREST, VIETNAM
Helping animals like Reggie the Shanked Duoc is important to us, which is why we’ve continued to team up with WLT and Viet Nature. By raising £100k we can build bio-bridges in the Khe Nuoc Trong Forest, Vietnam and help endangered animals thrive.
1.8p from every transaction with us in November and December was donated to our partners the Woodland Trust and World Land Trust. This was shared to fund the protection and re-wilding of at least 10 million square metres of land in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, UK, and the Caucasus Wildlife refuge in the Ararat province, Armenia.
We committed to donating a minimum total of £100k to the WLT and £150k to the Woodland Trust respectively, regardless of the total donations that had been collected from customer transactions.
OUR MISSION IN ENGLAND
With new partners the Woodland Trust, we donated £159,082.50 to build multiple mini bio-bridges in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, an ancient woodland on the English-Welsh border. Without action, the wildlife here would become increasingly isolated and restricted to small pockets of disconnected woodland. This project may also benefit one of the UK’s rarest mammals, the pine marten and a reintroduction of this iconic species is planned in the near future.
OUR MISSION IN ARMENIA
With our partners at World Land Trust, we donated £109,082.50 to support the protection of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge, a reserve located in a biodiversity hotspot in the Ararat province, Armenia.
Created by leasing lands from surrounding rural communities, the reserve protects crucial habitat for some of Armenia’s most threatened species, including the Caucasian lynx and leopard. This project benefitted community development as well as biodiversity conservation.
For every purchase of our Limited Edition Hemp and British Rose Hand Creams, we donated £1 to help re-wild the world through our World Bio-Bridges Mission. We wanted to support organisations like new partners Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Queensland Koala Crusaders.
OUR MISSION IN KYRGYZSTAN
With Fauna & Flora International (FFI), we planted over 12,000 trees in the wild fruit and nut forests of Kyrgyzstan. These forests help provide sanctuary for key bird species, including the endangered Egyptian vulture. The project also engaged hundreds of locals living in the region in forest health and improved the sustainability of forest harvests.
With the Queensland Koala Crusaders, we planted over 12,000 trees and restored over 30 hectares of cleared land in Queensland, Australia. This project helped turn the tide against the loss of habitat in the area, which is recognised as a biosphere reserve. Reconnecting and restoring this former timber plantation will help the threatened koala population to eventually thrive again.
OUR MISSION IN TANZANIA
In Tanzania, we worked with our local partner, Mpingo Conservation & Development Initiative (MCDI), to create connections between forests, wildlife and rural communities. We supported rural communities to benefit from sustainable FSC-certified timber sales, with the revenues generated providing incentives for forest and wildlife habitat conservation.