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.
The MCFEA has supported wildlife conservation research and sponsoring endeavours to save endangered species from extinction. Those conservation projects enabled the MCFEA not only to fulfil 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, the project supported the sustainable community-led 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.