Ampliseed is an active insights exchange for the change-makers of our time.

Participants on the Ampliseed cross project exchange at the Indigenous Desert Alliance Conference, Uluru, Australia.

2019 © Pollination Foundation

Curating opportunities for conservation practitioners to connect, learn and amplify ideas for environmental resilience, globally. Designed for intentional reflection and dynamic connection, the initiative nests within Pollination Foundation’s strategy to cross pollinate ideas and connect practitioners for peer-to-peer learning.

The world’s growing population is placing unprecedented pressure on finite land and water resources. This has contributed to a catastrophic global species loss of more than two-thirds in the last 50 years, a decline that is accelerating with the impact of climate shocks. Sustaining our natural environment for the benefit of future generations is one of today’s most pressing challenges.

For conservation efforts at a landscape scale to succeed, we need bold new approaches and transformative change. Once solutions are seeded and work, they must be shared so others can take them on with confidence.

Ampliseed is a peer-to-peer network that, at its core, connects people to change the way conservation at a landscape scale is achieved. By focusing on a people-centred, rights-based approach and connecting practitioners delivering multi-tenured place-based initiatives, the Network places humanity at the centre of climate solutions. A cornerstone belief is that alone, we only get so far. Through sharing insights and learning together, we become extraordinary.

The seven diverse and outstanding partner organisations in the Network are supported by the BHP Foundation’s Environmental Resilience Program. The portfolio of Projects empower people to steward nature, strengthen rights, improve how the environment is valued and enhance conservation planning.

Each of the seven Projects are piloting innovative landscape-scale approaches. In many locations, Projects partner with Indigenous peoples and local communities to support livelihood models, with the aim of developing diverse revenue streams and embedding conservation in local economies. While Projects focus on place-based outcomes, their vision is expansive, supported by income streams from new and emerging global markets. All projects manage multiple partners and relationships, and many facilitate local to global networks.


The seven projects supported by Ampliseed span locations as diverse as the snow-covered Boreal Forest in Canada, World Heritage Listed Coral Reefs, tropical rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon, Mediterranean habitat in Chile and Australia’s 10 Deserts.

Image credits
© CI Peru
© Great Barrier Reef Foundation
© Pollination Foundation
© Fundación Tierra Austral
© Nature United
© 10 Deserts Project

The Network’s model is based on an agile ‘learning by doing’ approach: testing activities, harvesting learnings, sharing knowledge, and continuously improving the program design. It champions innovation in conservation financing, weaves local to global connections, and shares approaches to Indigenous engagement in a way that strengthens and distributes leadership.

A suite of knowledge sharing activities includes exchanging expertise on carbon and biodiversity markets, sharing strategies for project monitoring and evaluation frameworks, and exploring community-based livelihood and enterprise models. Critically, significant learnings are captured and amplified through collective communication opportunities and in the future will be crafted and shared via the Story Lab.

The intended result is a truly connected community of practice. Recognising that a people-centred approach is key to achieving a healthy and sustainable future at a global scale, Pollination Foundation in partnership with BHP Foundation designed and developed Ampliseed with Project Partners as a replicable model so that others can access learnings then adapt and design to suit the needs of their own unique communities.


Project Contact

Kirsty Galloway-McLean

Executive Director

Kirsty is a leader in global environmental governance and knowledge management, including 15 years with the UN working on sustainable development and information sharing. She is passionate about making policies practical, information accessible, and the power of people-led nature conservation. Kirsty previously led the climate change and communications department of the Traditional Knowledge Initiative at Japan’s United Nations University, and she set up the first globally distributed information exchange system under international law for the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal. She ran the cross-disciplinary research Centre for the Mind at the Australian National University, was an advisor on risk assessment and intellectual property for the Australian government, and established BioChimera, a Melbourne-based consulting firm that specialises in assisting international environmental agencies and philanthropic foundations working with Indigenous peoples. Kirsty has authored four books on climate change and Indigenous peoples, edited several scientific and technical journals, and written numerous articles on climate change adaptation, mitigation, REDD+, safeguards, access and benefit-sharing, Indigenous livelihoods, and traditional knowledge.


Project partners

Co-Convenor and Financing Partner


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