We are a Christian organization engaging communities in nature conservation
A Rocha responds to the global crisis of biodiversity loss by carrying out community-based conservation projects. Through 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.
Our first initiative was a field study centre in Portugal, and so our name is Portuguese and means ‘The Rock’.
Where we’re working
A Rocha is present in 21 countries around the world. Use the map below to find out where our organizations, local groups, field study centres and projects are.
2019: how your support helped
Where your money goes
A Rocha is funded by a wide variety of sources: governmental and intergovernmental grants, trust funds, individual donors and churches. In 2018 the global income was 5.3 million GBP. A Rocha International is the body that supports A Rocha National Organizations and Associated Projects, publicizing the work at an international level and fostering the emergence of new initiatives. Each A Rocha National Organization is a separate, independent, legal entity.
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.