The Thriving Together campaign


The Thriving Together campaign recognizes that family planning is critically important not only for women and girls but also for the environment

Today, CISE Malawi joins over 150 other leading environmental and reproductive health organizations to pledge support for a first-of-its-kind campaign: Thriving Together. Organizations that have signed up to the Thriving Together campaign form a diverse global alliance united by the agreement that improving access to family planning services is critically important for the environment and biodiversity.


The Sustainable Development Goals call for integrated solutions. CISE Malawi along with other organizations backing the Thriving Together campaign agree that whether working in health or environmental conservation, through sharing information and working together on strategic projects and policies, we can help human communities and their ecosystems thrive. Successful biodiversity conservation requires taking people, our health, and our interactions with the natural world into account.


Increasing human pressures are among the many challenges facing planetary health. In addition, by harming ecosystems, people undermine food and water security and human health, and threaten habitats and species. Ensuring family planning is available to all who seek it is among the positive actions organizations must take to lessen these pressures.


The United Nations projects that global population will rise from 7.7 billion today to 9.8 billion by 2050. Future population growth is uncertain however, and highly sensitive to small changes in the average number of children per mother. If the physical, financial, educational, social and religious barriers to people using family planning services were removed and the average number of children per mother was just 0.5 lower than the UN population projection which is most commonly used, global population would peak at 8.8 billion in 2050, rather than 9.8 billion.


This is all possible, by enabling the exercise of a well-recognized human right, that people should be able to decide for themselves, whether, when, how often and with whom to bring children into the world. Family planning contributes to women’s empowerment, improves family and general health, advances education and life opportunities and, by slowing population growth, eases pressures on wildlife and ecosystems.


Organizations backing the Thriving Together campaign across the globe include are listed at the end. Collectively, the organizations work in over 170 countries.


The Thriving Together campaign is spearheaded by the Margaret Pyke Trust, which has over 50 years’ experience of family planning and is the only member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with this expertise.

Davis Damson at CISE Malawi says: “I’ve begun to realize that we can listen to silence, learn from it and thrive together under conviction of leaving no one behind”

David Johnson, Chief Executive at the Margaret Pyke Trust says: “The existence of barriers to family planning is the most important ignored environmental challenge of our day. This changes now. The Thriving Together campaign encourages cross-sectoral support between health and environmental conservation organizations, showcasing that when people can choose freely whether and when to have children it is for the benefit of both people and planet. Barriers to family planning are not only relevant to those who are passionate about improving health, gender equality, empowerment and economic development, but also to those who are passionate about the conservation of biodiversity, the environment and sustainability.”

The Margaret Pyke Trust’s Thriving Together campaign is informed by its paper ‘Removing Barriers to Family Planning, Empowering Sustainable Environmental Conservation’, which sets out how and why family planning is important for the environment. The Thriving Together campaign website will be launched on 11th July 2019.

Thriving Together

First 151 Endorsing organisations

As at 9 July 2019

  1. Africa Youth for SDGs
  2. ALERT
  3. Associação Moçambicana para Desenvolvimento da Família
  4. Amphibian Ark
  5. Association Djibouti Nature
  6. Association Les Amis des Oiseaux
  7. Association pour la conservation de la Nature au Rwanda
  8. BIAZA
  9. Big Life Foundation Kenya
  10. Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health
  11. Blue Ventures Conservation
  12. Born Free Foundation
  13. Borneo Nature Foundation
  14. Botanic Gardens Conservation International
  15. Bristol Zoological Society
  16. Center for Biological Diversity
  17. CEPARD Global
  18. CHASE Africa
  19. Cheetah Conservation Fund
  20. Chester Zoo
  21. Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  22. Climate Change Fighters Uganda
  23. Community Health Africa Trust
  24. Community Initiative for Social Empowerment (CISE Malawi)
  25. Conservation CATalyst
  26. Conservation International
  27. Conservation Through Public Health
  28. Cote d’Ivoire SOS Forets
  29. DKT International
  30. Drayton Manor Zoo
  31. DSW
  32. Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
  33. Ecological Christian Organisation
  34. Eco-Time Capsule Project
  35. Elephant Family
  36. Eminence: Associates for Social Development
  37. Endangered Wildlife Trust
  38. Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society
  39. Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
  40. Family Health Options Kenya
  41. Family Rescue Mission
  42. Feedback
  43. FHI 360
  44. Fountain of Hope
  45. FP2020
  46. FPA
  47. Frankfurt Zoological Society
  48. Freshwater Habitats Trust
  49. Friends of the Earth (England, Wales & NI)
  50. Fundación para el Ecodesarrollo y la Conservación
  51. Game Rangers Association of Africa
  52. Game Rangers International
  53. Global Ocean Trust
  54. Global Wildlife Conservation
  55. Greenpeace
  56. Greener Growth
  57. Health in Harmony
  58. Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria
  59. ICA Foundation
  60. Institute of Natural Resources
  61. International Centre for Birds of Prey
  62. International Crane Foundation
  63. IPAS
  65. IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Conservation Planning Specialist Group
  66. Jane Goodall Institute
  67. jhpiego
  68. JSI
  69. Lilongwe Wildlife Trust
  70. Longleat
  71. Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust
  72. Margaret Pyke Trust
  73. Marie Stopes International
  74. Marwell Wildlife
  75. Maternity Worldwide
  76. Mount Kenya Trust
  77. MUVA Elderly Initiative Uganda
  78. Nature Kenya
  79. Nature Uganda
  80. Newquay Zoo
  81. Osienala-Friends of Lake Victoria
  82. PAI
  83. Paignton Zoo
  84. Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office
  85. Path
  86. PATH Foundation Philippines Inc.
  87. Pathfinder International
  88. Peace Parks Foundation
  89. People’s Trust for Endangered Species
  90. PHE Ethiopia Consortium
  91. Plan International UK
  92. Population Connection
  93. Population Council
  94. Population Institute
  95. Population Matters
  96. Population Media Centre
  97. Population Reference Bureau
  98. Practical Action
  99. PSI
  100. Rainforest Trust
  101. Reproductive Health Uganda
  102. Royal College of General Practitioners
  103. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  104. SafeHands for Mothers
  105. Salamander Trust
  106. Salmon & Trout Conservation
  107. SHRINE
  108. Society for Conservation of Nature in Liberia
  109. Society for the Improvement of Rural People
  110. Southern African Wildlife College
  111. Stop Ivory
  112. The Ecological Citizen
  113. The Institute of Fisheries Management
  114. The Laikipia Wildlife Forum
  115. The Lakeland Trust for Natural Sciences
  116. The Nature Conservancy
  117. The Peregrine Fund
  118. The Rivers Trust
  119. The Sibthorp Trust
  120. The WILD Foundation
  121. The Zoological Society of London
  122. Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme
  123. Transition Earth
  124. Tusk Trust
  125. UCL Institute for Global Health
  126. Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau
  127. Uganda Youth Alliance For Family Planning And Adolescents Health
  128. UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health
  129. UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum
  130. United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
  131. UNFPA
  132. Universal Health Development Foundation
  133. Venture Strategies for Health and Development
  134. WellBeing International
  135. Wellington Zoo Trust
  137. What Works Association
  138. Wild Planet Trust
  139. WILD Trust
  140. Wilderness Foundation UK
  141. Wildlife ACT
  142. Wildlife Conservation Society
  143. Wildlife Reserves Singapore
  144. Wildlife Trust of India
  145. Wingham Wildlife Park Animal Welfare
  146. World Land Trust
  147. Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University
  148. Youth and Women Aflame Uganda
  149. Youth Association for Development-Pakistan
  150. Zoologische Gesellschaft für Arten- u. Populationsschutz e.V.
  151. 34 Million Friends of UNFPA