Are you searching for ways to finance a positive-footprint environmental project?
Bring it to our Mirlo community and together we'll make it happen.
Mirlo wants to be a tool that people can use to transform our environment, a place where you can find help to make your positive-footprint environmental projects come to life. These are early days for us and this is uncharted territory we are exploring; this is how we think we should be going about things in this initial stage.
To the best of our ability we will select the proposals that we think are the best candidates for receiving crowdfunding. The bigger our community and the more successful we are, the more projects we'll be able to get under way.
This is where we are learning how to define the process. To start with, we take three fundamental aspects into account:
A. The backing of the Mirlo community. The projects are launched in the ideas section of our website where people can vote for them. The ones that have the most votes will be given start-up priority.
B. The degree maturity of that the project has reached. For a transformative environmental project to become a successful reality and to generate a positive footprint, it has to meet a number of basic requirements. We want to take the utmost care of the funding that Mirlo raises and we want to make sure that we are doing all in our power to put it to the best possible use. Which is why projects need to be well put together.
But not only do we hope to receive projects that have already reached maturity, we will also do our very best to help projects reach that necessary degree of maturity.
C. Project dimensions. The bigger the better. As you can see, before you can actually begin to do anything, setting up an environmental project means having to resolve all manner of social, technical and administrative issues. These start-up costs can sometimes be really high which is why, to be worthwhile, a project needs to be large enough to warrant investment. Because we know we can generate so much positive footprint we want to make the most of the resources we can pool together. We have to be efficient, that's why size is important.
These are the requirements that we believe Mirlo projects should meet. They are all important:
A clear majority wants to make it happen.
Environmental projects can be blocked or can come to nothing if they don't have a solid social backing. For example: it only takes an hour or two for just a few people to destroy an area that has been repopulated (by stamping on the plants, running livestock over them, starting a fire...).
Agreement with the owners of the land that is affected by the project.
The project has to have the backing of whoever owns the land on which the project is to be carried out.
We know that what we're going to do is really positive and we know how to achieve it.
The project's positive footprint has to be endorsed both technically and scientifically and, as far as possible, we have to use the most up-to-date know-how and means at our disposal if we are to achieve the goals that we set ourselves.
Licences in order.
Any nature project has to obtain a number of licences which are granted by the Public Authorities that are responsible for the ecosystems affected by that project.
Controlled risks. Just in case...
The success of an environmental project depends on lots of different factors: social factors, environmental factors, political factors, economical factors... The identification of all these factors and their possible tendencies is of key importance if we are to come up with a project design that enables us to adapt to possible changes in these conditions so that, in spite of such changes, the project can go on to be as successful as possible. A clear example: how will climate change affect the project's objectives and its progress?