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Thursday, April 20 • 13:00 - 14:00
Net-Works: Empowering communities, replenishing the ocean

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Net-Works is an innovative business that empowers people in coastal communities in the developing world to collect and sell discarded nylon fishing nets, thereby removing these nets from the ocean where they wreak havoc with marine life. The nets are then sold into a global supply chain and recycled into yarn to make carpet tile.

At the heart of Net-Works are the local community banks it sets up. Run by community members, they provide access to finance in a way that is convenient and local, enabling people to save money, including their earnings from net sales, and take out small loans. The banks also manage the local net supply chain: they organize coastal clean-ups, facilitate sales transactions and create “environment funds” to help finance local conservation projects.

Come and talk to members of the Net-Works team from both Interface and ZSL about what makes Net-Works successful, including:
- empowering coastal communities through a community-based supply chain,
- providing access to financial services,
- the use of social marketing,
- operating a sustainable business model that provides communities with immediate benefits and long-term support,
- encouraging participation in local marine management to protect marine ecosystems under pressure,
- learning by doing to adapt the model to different contexts,
- scaling up to other locations.

avatar for Farinoz Daneshpay

Farinoz Daneshpay

Project Manager, Net-Works TM, Zoological Society of London
Community-based conservation, inclusive business, NGO-business partnerships, scaling-up.

Thursday April 20, 2017 13:00 - 14:00 BST
Lower Hall Barry Building, Ground Floor

Attendees (6)