Indifly focuses on three pillars of sustainability while working with communities - cultural, economic, and environmental.

Cultural
Philosophy: Protect cultural heritage and empower local communities.

Fully immerse into local culture and humbly serve.

Establish cultural baselines to monitor the model’s efficacy and progress.
Conduct extensive literature survey to inventory existing anthropological information.

Conduct community wide listening sessions and interviews.

In partnership with communities, develop local vision, mission, goals, and objectives of project.

Develop and establish a community benefit model that ensures equitable distribution of benefits and community resource ownership.

Train, educate, and provide professional development for community members to ensure sustainable livelihoods. Embrace the diversity of cultures and a willingness to adapt.

Economic
Philosophy: Create opportunities for sustainable livelihoods.

Establish economic baselines to monitor model’s efficacy and progress.

Conduct operations training for guide and administrative staff – how to run a fly-fishing operation.

Identify a local leader who will be groomed to be the point person for the project long term.

Develop business plan outlining operating approach, capital requirements, market potential, and regulatory structure.

Establish positioning of the operation, communications strategy, booking processes and tools needed.

Train community in small-scale entrepreneurial activities that support the larger project.

Build out of any needed infrastructure.

Ongoing performance monitoring.

Environmental
Philosophy: Conserve resources through science-based management.

Establish environmental baselines to monitor the model’s efficacy and progress.

Gain insight from local ecological knowledge about target species, essential habitats, and ecosystems.

Conduct extensive literature survey to inventory existing scientific information.

Conduct scientific research to assess health of target populations and essential habitats to quantify status of local fisheries.

Establish long-term monitoring to track status of target populations, essential habitats and ecosystems.

Develop science-based, location specific best practices for catch-and-release angling.

Work with local community to disseminate science-based best practices.

Collaborate with local policy makers to create an adaptive management plan.

Photo by Jess McGlothlin