Africa is home to keystone wildlife species that are facing extinction, including the mountain gorilla, Grevy’s zebra, and Ethiopian wolf. To protect populations from further decline, our on-the-ground safeguards involve training rangers and using sniffer dogs to stop wildlife traffickers. Wildlife must survive in their natural habitats, so we empower local communities through conservation-friendly development and work with international agencies to protect Africa’s natural resources.
Critical to protecting these vital ecosystems are people. Sharing land across the continent, local communities and wildlife often live alongside each other, leading to struggles for space and water. If people and wildlife learn to live together — inside and outside of protected areas — the future for all will thrive.
Land & Habitat Protection:
Wildlife species roam across a mosaic of vast and varied landscapes, that include protected areas, community, private and public lands. These large landscapes provide habitat for wildlife and vital ecosystem services that support rural development.
By working across large landscapes that span borders, AWF supports critically important biodiversity and offers people economic opportunities. With over five decades of experience, skills, and expertise, we have invested in community-based conservation to protect safe havens for wildlife while simultaneously improving human well-being.
We believe in empowering communities to engage in sustainable natural resource management. Our programs aim to incentivize conservation through conservation enterprises such as sustainable agriculture and ecotourism development to create benefits for generations to come.
AWF is building new sustainable opportunities for communities, and saving wildlife and natural ecosystems simultaneously. We work directly with communities to understand their unique challenges and provide tailored, holistic solutions to improve their lives while also benefiting conservation. These solutions provide jobs, conservation training, educational opportunities, and, ultimately, the ability for the people Africa to diversify their livelihoods and secure a promising future for their communities.
For conservation to be effective and sustainable, it must be Africa-led. AWF works with the political and economic leadership in Africa and beyond to integrate conservation into development and economic plans and programs. We are a partner to Africa in creating a prosperous future — not at the expense of wildlife and wild lands, but because of them. We believe the modern conservation agenda can only be successful if it is African-led and African-implemented.