CPALI is an international NGO dedicated to a community-centered approach to conservation. Instead of building boundaries, CPALI focuses on people and strengthens the existing relationship between local people and the environment through the development of sustainable livelihoods.


Our current project is in rural Madagascar on the borders of the largest remaining rainforested area in the country. Over 1% of the world’s biodiversity is represented within this region. CPALI works with a network of subsistence farmers to cultivate native resources and secure a market for them.


Farmers working with our project experience the value of conservation directly, not through tourism, but through tangible products from the land they steward. Farmers living on the borders of the Makira and Masoala Protected Areas are now planting native trees in former clear-cut zones, intercropping them with edible plants, raising native silkworms to produce silk, learning how to use spent larvae as a protein source, and investigating the production of edible mushrooms. The result is a native ecosystem of production from which the farmers can improve their own lives with their own resources.

CPALI Site 1: Madagascar

A New Approach:

CPALI’s unique approach to conservation challenges the idea that conservation and development are fundamentally opposed and works at the grassroots level to develop a mutually beneficial way to maintain a healthy environment. 


Our project in Madagascar develops natural livelihoods previously unknown to rural farmers and provides a rare opportunity for subsistence farmers to earn cash to support their families. Our holistic approach looks beyond mere subsistence and strives to develop opportunities for better health, nutrition and education that will benefit both communities and parks alike.