We are a Christian organization engaging communities in nature conservation
A Rocha is Portuguese for ‘The Rock’.
A Rocha was founded in 1983, and work was initially based in the Portuguese Algarve, where the first field study centre opened in 1986. International interest gradually increased and in 2000, after A Rocha had begun work in Lebanon, France, Kenya and Canada, A Rocha International was formed. By 2004 there were National Organizations in fifteen countries. Read our History
Organization & structure
A Rocha International (ARI) is a registered charity (England & Wales) number 1136041.
ARI is the body that supports A Rocha National Organizations and Associated Projects around the world, publicising the work at an international level and fostering the emergence of new initiatives.
ARI is governed by a Board of Trustees with qualifications in life sciences, relief and development, and financial and risk management.
Each A Rocha National Organization is a separate, independent, legal entity.
A Rocha is active in 20 countries:
19 A Rocha National Organizations: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ghana, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, UK and USA.
1 A Rocha Associated Project in Nigeria (Eden Creation Care Initiative)
A Rocha responds to the global crisis of biodiversity loss through community-based conservation projects. Via residential field study centres, site-based projects and wider advocacy, A Rocha:
- Carries out ecological monitoring and research in areas of high value for wildlife
- Spearheads practical measures for conserving and restoring habitats and their fauna and flora
- Encourages appreciation of nature and participation in its conservation, through environmental education and community outreach
- Provides a forum for understanding the relevance of the Christian faith to environmental issues.
Climate Stewards is part of the A Rocha network, encouraging us all to reduce our carbon footprint as much as we can and offset the rest.
There are eight field study and environmental centres: in Canada (British Columbia and Manitoba), Czech Republic, France (Provence and Côte d’Azur), India, Kenya and Portugal.
A Rocha is funded by a wide variety of sources: governmental and intergovernmental grants, trust funds, individual donors and churches. In 2016 the global income was 4.6 million GBP.
A Rocha National Organizations share five core commitments which characterize them as Christian in motivation; focused on Conservation; Community-based; intentionally Cross-cultural and Cooperative in approach.
A Rocha works with …
We work with a wide range of organizations and individuals of different religions and world views.