Support for environmental conservation programmes has been a key driver for the MCFEA since its inception and it has worked with a range of partners to achieve practical, long-term solutions to complex conservation issues.
Partnerships in this field have included a close relationship with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University and a highly successful collaboration with the UK's Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, sponsoring its endeavours to save the Madagascar Pochard from the brink of extinction. High profile conservation projects such as these enable the MCFEA not only to fulfill its aim of environmental conservation but also to raise local awareness of conservation practice and the value of biodiversity.
An important facet of many of the conservation initiatives that the MCFEA has supported, particularly in Africa, is their capacity to combine traditional conservation with innovative programmes designed to also yield fundamental lifestyle improvements for local communities. In particular, a partnership with FARM-Africa involving the implementation of sustainable community-led forest management systems in various regions in East Africa has enabled the MCFEA to contribute to the long-term conservation and reforestation of fragile forest eco-systems while also supporting poverty reduction and socio-economic development in local forest-based households.