Communities for Conservation

Ethnic minority communities take action on Climate Change.

Funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, the Communities for Conservation project aims at inspiring Ethnic Minority (EM) communities in Edinburgh and Livingston to reduce their carbon footprint through energy saving, cycling and waste reduction activities. The project won the Climate Challenge Fund Award for the Energy Category in November 2017 and CEMVO’s Environmental Impact Award in 2016.

Join our activities!

Book a Home Energy Advice Visit to save energy at home and become more energy efficient. Participate in our cycling classes to learn how to ride a bike and gain skills and confidence to cycle on the road.
Take part in our social bike rides and unlock the joy of cycling. Bring your clothes to our clothing repair and alteration service.
Join our community gardening groups in Edinburgh.
Get involved in our workshops, film screenings, and events.
Volunteer with us to help a great cause and gain skills.
Meet with like-minded people at our Edinburgh Sustainable Meet up.
Activities are free or on a donation basis. You can see our upcoming activities and events by clicking here.

You can read our final reports here:

Communities for Conservation Final Report 2020-2022

Communities for Conservation Final Report 2018-2020

Edinburgh Climate Festival 2019 Final Report

Communities for Conservation Final Report 2017-2018

Communities for Conservation Final Report 2016-2017

Communities for Conservation Final Report 2014-2016

Communities for Conservation is funded and supported by:


Contact Information

For further details about the project, to volunteer, get free energy advice, or join our workshops, events and food growing groups – please contact:

Project Coordinator: Jean-Matthieu

South Asian Community Link Officer: Fahmida

Polish Community Link Officer: Ewelina

Chinese Community Link Officer: David

African Community Link Officer: Diline 

Spanish Speaking Community Link Officer: Verena

You can also call us at ELREC on 0131 556 0441. We speak English, Arabic, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Polish, Urdu, Cantonese, Spanish and French.

All Welcome!