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17 February 2020
On 21 February 2018, Peace Parks Foundation Sweden was awarded SEK 13,000,000 from the Swedish Postcode Lottery. This year, the Lottery distributed SEK 1.1 billion among 55 beneficiaries with 113 million going to seven organizations focusing on the environment, animal protection and nature conservation.
Peace Parks received SEK 7,000,000 for basic annual support, as well as a special projects award of SEK 5,999,900 for the Herding for Health project. In line with their vision of thriving communities within healthy environments, the Herding for Health project – implemented in partnership with Conservation International – seeks to revolutionise climate-smart production systems of the most widespread agricultural commodity impacting the landscapes and livelihoods of communities adjacent to peace parks – red meat.
Anna Belfrage, Chairman of the Board for Peace Parks Foundation Sweden expresses her deep appreciation, “Peace Parks Foundation Sweden wishes to thank the Swedish Postcode Lottery for the generous donations we received for our work in southern Africa. Thanks to these funds, we can continue our facilitation of cross-border nature conservation efforts to promote peace and stability in the region. In addition, the funds we have been awarded for our Herding for Health special project, enable us to establish integrated management of livestock and improving rural livelihoods in areas at the wildlife-livestock interface.”
Peace Parks Foundation Sweden has been a beneficiary of the Postcode Lottery since 2010 and has, over the years, received just over SEK 92,000 000, of which SEK 24,999,900 for was donated towards Special Projects.
Postcode Lottery’s Rickard Sjöberg says, “Micro plastics, continued biodiversity and ocean acidification are important areas to work in because I think all parents want their children to have a world that is better and cleaner than it is today with well-preserved flora and fauna. Non-profit organisations working towards achieving these goals make a real difference.”