Worldwide Habitat Restoration
Worldwide Habitat Restoration
I am telling little known stories of ground breaking habitat restoration on six continents.
I am telling little known stories of ground breaking habitat restoration on six continents. Read more
About this project
What is the project?
The funds raised from this Kickstarter project will support shooting my next two restoration stories, documenting forest restoration work undertaken in Mexico and China. These images will then be used to raise awareness of restoration work and generate more support for these activities.
I’ve provided some great rewards that allow you to keep up to date, buy exclusive fine art prints, books, workshops, online mentoring and even portfolio reviews at a much lower price than normal. But first I want to tell you a bit more about the project you will be helping to support:
Ecological degradation, habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity is a major issue worldwide. Restoration projects are urgently needed to restore degraded areas, restore populations of endangered species, restore water supply and help local economies.
I am photographing projects undertaken by a group of botanic gardens worldwide, who came together last year to form the Ecological Restoration Alliance with the aim of restoring 100 damaged and degraded habitats across 6 continents in 20 years. This is a major piece of international cooperation and a story that is not yet being widely told. Work is being done by these botanic gardens to restore wild areas, protect and restore habitats and create socioeconomic benefits for local communities. This includes small local level projects through to working with heavy industry partners.
My name is Barney Wilczak, I am a conservation photographer and my aim is to help tell these stories, the challenges they face and the successes they can yield. Photography provides a means to communicate with people around the world in an accessible way. In photographing these projects I will be able to tell their stories and share them worldwide.
The overall aim is to create a major body of work detailing at least one story on each of the 6 continents covered. I will create exhibitions at these gardens and other venues to communicate the importance of restoration. In addition to this, a media library will be created for over 600 gardens in 118 countries, all members of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) who coordinate the Ecological Restoration Alliance. These photos will be available for use by botanic gardens for educational purposes, highlighting how restoration projects can play a role in improving the environment and to gain support for further restoration work.
I’ve started low, asking for just enough to cover the expenses of shooting the next two stories. However, the more money raised, the more stories I can photograph, highlighting the great work that is being done worldwide, telling these stories, and providing high quality media to support the education and outreach work of botanic gardens around the world.
Choose from the selection of prints below, project updates, books, mentoring and workshops, and help promote the importance of ecological restoration around the world.
To learn more about my work, please visit my website: www.WilczakPhotography.co.uk
Find out more about the Ecological Restoration Alliance here: www.bgci.org/ourwork/era
Limited edition prints
I've put together four limited edition prints at a hugely reduced price. You can make a choice of the images below:
Risks and challenges
The botanic gardens that are undertaking this restoration work are helping me in the logistics of shooting these stories. This means I have a strong base of local knowledge and assistance to make sure these stories get told accurately. I therefore see no likely contingencies for failure. However, with any travel there is inherent risk. Of course, with such a global project, I am looking at other sources of funding such as grants. If I receive specific funding for one of these stories from another source I will use the money from Kickstarter to document yet another of these fantastic restoration projects.
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