Environment and development experts

Istituto Oikos is a non-religious, independent organisation that operates in Europe and in the South of the world to promote environmental conservation as a tool for economic and social development.


MILAN. Istituto Oikos was created by a group of biologists and naturalists. The technical and scientific skills of its founders allowed the organization to soon become an expert in the environmental field, proposing projects for the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable management of natural and faunal resources, regional planning, database planning, the development of environmental assessment models and of decision support systems. As from then, these activities became an important and stable nerve centre of the work of Istituto Oikos, based on its staff's internal capacities.


ITALY. Istituto Oikos focused mainly on fauna and flora in the Alps. It created territorial information systems and management plans for national parks and protected areas, giving rise to solid partnerships with local authorities and universities.

TANZANIA. The first international project of Istituto Oikos was the analysis of the migratory movements of large mammals and of their interactions with anthropic activities in the Tarangire National Park, in the north of the country, with the aim of contributing to the definition of a sustainable development strategy for the area.


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. A key issue for Istituto Oikos. In fact, the preservation of natural systems is crucial for the well-being and economic development of a large part of Sub-Saharan Africa, where the price of environmental degradation is paid directly by local populations. Working in synergy with the beneficiaries of the projects, listening to and trying to understand their needs, in 1998 there arose the need to extend the activities of the organization from the protection of flora and fauna to soil conservation and, therefore, to sustainable agriculture.


OIKOS EAST AFRICA was opened as the local headquarters of Istituto Oikos and was later registered and recognized as a local NGO in Tanzania, confirming the stable presence of the organization in east Africa.


LOCAL ECONOMY. For the purpose of fighting poverty, Istituto Oikos started to support the development and consolidation of small income-generating activities based on the sustainable use of natural resources.


ITALY. The activities of Istituto Oikos in the environmental field in Italy were constantly pursued. Istituto Oikos began to assess issues of environmental incidence and impact on behalf of public and private bodies, becoming an increasingly esteemed and affirmed organization among experts.


AFRICA. The activities in Sub-Saharan Africa continued: Istituto Oikos and Oikos East Africa constantly grew, strengthening their relations with local institutions and populations. The organization's continuous link with the Tanzanian area was a valuable opportunity to define and implement an integrated approach that fostered the preservation of nature through wide-ranging programmes that included education and training, regional planning and participatory management, and the social and economic promotion of women.


EDUCATING FOR SUSTAINABILITY has always been a strategic goal of Istituto Oikos and has become over the years an internal field of its own, aimed at satisfying the need to communicate, at Italian and European level, the importance of a responsible use of natural resources, as well as at increasing public awareness of the connection between the environment and human lives, both in the North and South of the world.


WATER and water management are essential to the survival of all forms of life. To promote access to this precious element, to increase its quality and reduce water wastage became one of the priorities of Istituto Oikos in 2004, which launched many projects to foster fair and efficient water management for the benefit of Tanzanian rural communities and of the domestic and wild animals living in the areas of intervention.


ECOTURISM It is the answer to the question: why should populations in need be engaged in the preservation of resources? The beneficial effects of a healthy environment are often hardly visible in the short term, and to develop economic opportunities that tie environmental protection to development, such as responsible tourism, is an important kind of incentive to conservation.


FOOD SECURITY. On the basis of the experience acquired during a project launched in Niger, Istituto Oikos included among its activities the commitment to the nutritional, organoleptic and hygienic quality of food, through training and communication campaigns in Sub Saharan Africa.


MONGOLIA The scientific skills of Istituto Oikos became increasingly sought after: the organization was asked to collaborate in a project for the integration of the environmental component in the path towards sustainable development in the cross-border area of Dzungarian Gobi, between China and Mongolia.

MYANMAR Local NGOs involved Istituto Oikos to support the management of the Lampi Marine National Park. The organization was involved in research and monitoring and in fostering the discovery of this land; this activity later led the organization to take stable roots in the area.


KIRGHIZISTAN. he organization's many collaborations with Italian national parks opened up the way for joint actions with international park entities, as in the case of the Chon Kemin National Park.

BRAZIL. It is the country where Istituto Oikos developed most of its activities in support of ecotourism and sustainable entrepreneurship, paying special attention to the young.

ENERGY and energy efficiency are another key element in the preservation of resources, in particular with respect to the problem of deforestation in developing countries and of wastage in developed countries. In 2008, many Italian and international projects were launched to address this issue at all levels, from Maasai villages to European cities.


FOUR CONTINENTS were covered by the activities of Istituto Oikos, including many programmes aimed at protecting the environment and at fighting poverty through actions designed to improve, at global level, the management of natural resources, local economy, food security, energy efficiency, education and training, all integrating and complementing each other to ensure sustainable development.


MOZAMBIQUE. Oikos begins operating in a new country: a new challenge that starts from the effort to guarantee the conservation of the Quirimbas National park, in the coastal area in the North of the country.

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