The Conservation Organisation for Afghan Mountain Areas (COAM) was founded in 2009 as an Afghan managed local non-profit organisation. It works with UNEP, WFP, FAO, BAmyan NEPA, DOWA and the Governor’s office to expand poverty and evironment focused watershed and livelihood projects in Central Highlands of Afghanistan. COAM combines education and capacity building activities to lead to multi-disciplinary results and technology transfer of new and sustainable energy and waste solutions for rural communities.
COAM first opened its office in Bamyan Center but has starting to branch out to other regions in Afghanistan. The projects of COAM concentrate on the Central Highlands of Afghanistan with a focus on the areas and communities of the Koh-e Baba Mountains National Conservation Area, a Category V IUCN landscape conservation site.
COAM’s Mission is to stop degradation of Afghanistan’s environment, and ensure a sustainable future for the communities that live in it by: Conserving biological diversity, ensuring the sustainable use of renewable natural resources, reducing pollution and wasteful consumption and securing sustainable livelihoods.