A Rocha is an international network of environmental organizations with a Christian ethos. A Rocha, which means "the rock" in Portuguese (see entry Rocha), was founded in Portugal in 1983 by Anglican minister Peter Harris and his wife Miranda.
|Founded||13 December 1983– as “A Rocha Trust”|
|Founder||Miranda and Peter Harris|
|Type||environmental NGO network|
|Focus||science and research, practical conservation and environmental education|
|Origins||Constituted in the UK; first project in Portugal|
|Rebecca Irvin (chair, ARI) • Ghillean Prance, Simon Stuart (trustees, ARI) • RJ ‘Sam’ Berry, James Jones, Chris Wright (Council of Reference, ARI) • Chris Naylor (Executive Director, ARI) • Andy Atkins (CEO, UK) • Rev Dave Bookless (Director of Theology, ARI)|
|GBP 0.55M for ARI, £4.5M globally:16 (2015)|
|22 (15 FTE) for ARI; at least 84 worldwide|
|Slogan||Conservation and Hope|
The organization network is constituted by A Rocha International (ARI), as a supporting body, and other organizations, which can be National Organizations or Associated Projects. Each organization is independent.
As of 2016, A Rocha is working in several countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ghana, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Netherlands, New Zealand/Aotearoa, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, United Kingdom, and United States. There are ongoing conversations with other potential groups around the world.:2
A Rocha operates field study centres in Canada (two centres), France (two centres), India, Kenya, Portugal and also in the Czech Republic. These serve primarily as a base for A Rocha’s and other organizations’ field studies and for environmental education, and most also offer accommodation for visitors.
Areas of A Rocha’s work include:
- Species and landscape surveying and monitoring, such as raptor counts in Pembina Valley, Canada, camera trapping of mammals in India, the Kenya Bird Map, dry grassland biodiversity surveys in Switzerland and mapping tropical forests using unmanned aerial vehicles
- Habitat and species restoration projects, such as mangrove restoration projects in Ghana, and improving breeding chances for Grey-faced petrels by eradicating invasive mammals, restoring habitats and deploying artificial nests in Raglan, New Zealand
- Reducing human–wildlife conflict in India, notably with elephants and leopards
- Setting up private or public parks and reserves such as the Kirosa Scott Reserve in Kenya, and Foxearth Reserve and Minet Country Park in the UK
- Enlarging and campaigning for the safeguarding of existing natural and protected areas, such as the Atewa Forest in Ghana, and the Alvor Estuary in Portugal
- Bridging biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods, such as via sustainable agriculture and community garden projects across Canada; the Arabuko-Sokoke Schools and Eco-tourism Scheme in Kenya; the establishment of CREMAs (community resource management areas) around Mole National Park and Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana; and training community members in Uganda to construct bio-sand water filters
- Environmental education activities and resources, such as the Wild Lebanon website in Lebanon and “creation care camps” in the USA
- Carbon footprint reduction and mitigation projects, such as producing charcoal briquettes from waste in Uganda, the “Eco Church” church greening programme in the UK, and running “Climate Stewards”, a global programme which encourages people to reduce their carbon footprint, and accepts donations to offset emissions via community forestry and cookstove projects in Ghana, Kenya and Mexico
- Cooperating worldwide for nature conservation, such as being a member of IUCN and IUCN’s European Habitats Forum
- Engaging Christian communities with the relevance of nature conservation to the Christian faith, through conferences, speaking engagements,, books and papers, and partnerships such as the Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network
- Charity Commission for England and Wales. A Rocha Trust. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha. Peter Harris. Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha. Our values. Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.
- Charity Commission for England and Wales. Charity Overview: 1136041 – A Rocha International. Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha. Overview. Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha. Rebecca Irvin. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha. International trustees (People page filtered by team and position). Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha. International council of reference (People page filtered by team and position). Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- Naylor, Chris. Postcards from the Middle East: How our family fell in love with the Arab world. Oxford, England 2015: Lion Hudson.
- A Rocha UK. Meet the team. Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.
- Bookless, Dave. The Bible and Biodiversity. The Jubilee Centre Cambridge Papers. Accessed 19 Oct 2017.
- A Rocha. International Review 2015/16. Retrieved from http://www.arocha.org/en/publications/intl-review-2015-2016/ on 25 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha. International team (People page filtered by team and position). Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha. People. Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.
- Elsdon, Ron (1992) Greenhouse Theology pp 193–195, Monarch, ISBN 1-85424-153-2.
- Johnson, Marina. The Church of England Newspaper August 1, 2008: A Rocha: Spearheading the Green revolution in the church.
- Awoyemi, S. M. (2008). "The Role of Religion in the HIV/AIDS Intervention in Africa: A Possible Model for Conservation Biology". Conservation Biology. 22 (4): 811–813. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2008.01007.x. PMID 18786094.
- Jackson, M. M.; Naughton-Treves, L. (2012). "Eco-bursaries as incentives for conservation around Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Kenya". Environmental Conservation. 39 (4): 347. doi:10.1017/S0376892912000161.
- A Rocha. Stay at our field study centres. Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha Czech Republic. Our field study centre Krupárna – The Mill. Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.
- Stelmach, Lorne (17 Jun 2013). "Record raptor counts in the valley". The Morden Times. Morden, Manitoba. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016 – via pembinatoday.ca.
- A Rocha India. Camera trapping. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town. Welcome to the Kenya Bird Map project. Retrieved 28 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha. Dry grasslands biodiversity surveys. Retrieved 28 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha. Mapping tropical forests. Retrieved 28 Oct 2016.
- Vaglio Laurin G, Chan JC-W, Chen Q, Lindsell JA, Coomes DA, Guerriero L, et al. (2014) Biodiversity Mapping in a Tropical West African Forest with Airborne Hyperspectral Data. PLOS ONE 9(6): e97910. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097910. Published 17 June 2014. Retrieved 28 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha Ghana. Community mangrove restoration project. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- Smallman, Elton Rikihana (14 Sep 2016). "Oi, grey faced petrel making a Raglan comeback". Stuff. Retrieved 28 Oct 2016.
- Sluka, Robert D.; Kaonga, Martin; Weatherley, Janice; Anand, Vijay; Bosu, Daryl; Jackson, Colin (2011). "Christians, biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation: a potential synergy?,". Biodiversity: 1–8. doi:10.1080/14888386.2011.599780. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- Varma, S., Anand.V.D., Gopalakrishna S.P., Avinash, K.G., and Nishant M.S. (2009). Ecology, Conservation and Management of the Asian Elephant in Bannerghatta National Park, southern India. A Rocha India/ANCF: Asian Elephant Ecology and Conservation Reference Series No.1. A Rocha India and Asian Nature Conservation Foundation, Bangalore. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha. Bangalore Leopard attack – what now?. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha Kenya. Dakatcha Woodland. Retrieved 28 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha UK. Foxearth: dawn of a new quest. Retrieved 28 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha Ghana. Save Atewa Forest. Retrieved 27 Oct 2016.
- Taylor, Jenny (29 Feb 2012). "Religiously literate campaign secures prison sentence for rogue developer in Portuguese beauty spot". Lapido Media. Retrieved 27 Oct 2016.
- Donn, Natasha (5 Feb 2015). "Environmentalists slam council over Ria de Alvor development plans". Portugal Resident. Retrieved 27 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha Canada. Sustainable Agriculture: Creation care through food. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- Collins, Susan Ashley (March 2008). Transformative Learning Through Conservation: A Case Study of the Arabuko-Sokoke Schools and Eco-tourism Scheme, Kenya (PDF) (Master of Natural Resource Management). Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha Ghana. Collaborative Ecosystems Conservation of Lake Bosumtwi. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- French Republic. 100 Projects for the Climate: Women, Water & Climate. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha Lebanon. Wild Lebanon – Powered by A Rocha. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha USA. Creation Care Camp. Retrieved 27 Oct 2016.
- A Rocha Uganda. Charcoal briquettes. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- "St Paul's Goes Green for Eco Church". St Paul's Cathedral. 4 Feb 2016. Retrieved 28 Oct 2016.
- Climate Stewards. Home page. Retrieved 28 Oct 2016.
- IUCN. Members database. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- IUCN. European Habitats Forum. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- Regent College. Holy Ground: Answering God’s Call to Creation Care. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- Olelo Community Media (5 Sep 2016). IUCN 2016: High-level Session 5 Sep - Connections: Spirituality & Conservation (ID: #WCC_13830) (Video). Honolulu, Hawai‘i: IUCN. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network. About. Retrieved 26 Oct 2016.
- European Youth Portal. Volunteering organisation information: A Rocha France. Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.
- European Youth Portal. Volunteering organisation information: Stichting A Rocha Nederland. Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.
- European Youth Portal. Volunteering organisation information: A Rocha - Associação Cristã de Estudo e Defesa do Ambiente. Retrieved 25 Oct 2016.