We are a Christian organization engaging communities in nature conservation

Monitoring terns on Whale Island, Kenya (photo: Jaap Gijsbertsen)

Monitoring terns on Whale Island, Kenya (photo: Jaap Gijsbertsen)


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.

Geographical distribution

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:

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.

Study centres

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.

See our leaflet Introducing A Rocha: in EnglishFrenchSpanish – GermanChinese (Traditional)Chinese (Simplified)

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