Afghanistan Core Team
Sardar Mohammad Amiri is deeply passionate about nature, and community conservation in mountain areas in Afghanistan. A project manager, rural development field operations specialis. He is a board member for two non-profits, Free to Run, and Baba School.
Founder of Ecology and Conservation Organization of Afghanistan (ECOA). Sardar studied sociology in college. He has worked with UNEP, and UNHCR, as well as subject expert with SOAS (School of Oriental an Asian Studies), London, and with the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
His current role is CEO and Co-Founder, for the Ecology and Conservation Organization of Afghanistan.
ECOA partners with the HALO Trust, Wildlife Conservation Society, UNDP, UNEP, WFP, FAO, the defacto Government of Afghanistan. It seeks to expand poverty and environment focused watershed and livelihood projects in Afghanistan.
Its motto is “Protect, Connect, Support”.
ECOA’s mission is to stop degradation of Afghanistan’s environment, and ensure a sustainable future for the communities that live in it. This is achieved through:
1) Conserving biological diversity
2) Ensuring the sustainable use of renewable natural resources,
3) Reducing pollution and wasteful consumption
4) Securing livelihoods.
Afghanistan this year is facing many challenges. Sardar did not leave. He is a relentless and unique warriar for the weak and oppressed.
He wants to inspire others to work hard and change their lives. Sardar has continued to work for Afghanistan, on the ground. Sardar brings his passion, humour, and extensive local knowledge to all his work.
He is an irreplaceable asset and honourable person in every way.
Project support officer
A native of Bamyan, Islamudin enjoys hiking and talking to people. By using his background in political science, he is hoping to contribute to the environmental policymaking in Afghanistan for the benefit of vulnerable communities.
An avid hiker and ecologist, Mohammaddin’s lifelong conviction is that preserving environment is preserving the wealth and assets of generations today and tomorrow.
ECOA Executive Director
Co-founder and manager of the GLOW Section at ECOA (Gender Leadership and Opportunities for Women and Girls), Habiba grew up in Bamyan and fought to attend school and college, despite her communities’ strict views on women’s right to education. Habiba loves hiking in the Baba Mountains, and is passionate about making impact on women’s livelihoods and gender equality in ECOA project areas.