The Devon Environment Foundation is a UK branch of the Conservation Collective, a global network of locally-focused environmental foundations. The DEF protects and restores nature in Devon by chanelling funds to local nature regeneration projects, and projects that reconnect people with nature.
We have created climate and nature emergencies. Since 1970, the UK has seen 41% of species decline, making it one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. Devon traditionally enjoyed an abundance of rural and coastal wildlife, but intensive agriculture, fishing and tourism have led to degraded soils, flooding, pollution, erosion, poor water quality, plastic pollution, and loss of habitat and biodiversity; while local people, especially the young, have become disconnected with nature.
Devon is the perfect place to test and scale Nature-based Solutions to address the climate and biodiversity emergencies. It’s one of the largest, least densely populated counties in Britain. With two shores, two moors, and swathes of green inbetween, there are an abundance of opportunities for nature regeneration and nature reconnection that are not yet being maximised. DEF strategically directs funds to the most effective grassroots nature regeneration projects to help them scale their impact.