The African Conservation Foundation works to protect Africa’s endangered wildlife and their habitats, by tackling the root causes of biodiversity loss. Founded in 1999, ACF is the first organisation focusing on partnering with and building the capacity of grassroots conservation efforts in the region.
Our overall mission is to change the approach of the management and utilization of natural resources to one in which the needs of human development in the region are reconciled with biodiversity conservation.
We build local capacity for long term sustainability of projects. We train young African conservationists and provide technical assistance for conservation groups and NGOs, particularly grassroots, in Africa.
ACF’s goal is to support and link African conservation initiatives, groups and NGOs, with the aim of strengthening their capacity, building partnerships and promoting effective communication and co-ordination of conservation efforts. Our success depends on the active involvement of communities whose lives and livelihoods are linked to the natural ecosystems we seek to sustainably protect.
Our work is organised around 6 specific objectives
Developing, conducting and assisting on-the-ground wildlife and habitat conservation projects throughout Africa.
Providing training, support and technical assistance for conservation groups and NGOs, particularly grassroots, in Africa.
Linking conservation initiatives across the continent, and strengthening the networking capacities of research and conservation groups and NGOs
Working together with local communities to increase their capacity to develop sustainable livelihood options that reduce poverty and conserve biodiversity.
Educating schoolchildren, training teachers, and serving as an educational resource centre for the general public, both within and outside of Africa.
Monitoring and research of Africa’s endangered species and their habitats using innovative technologies such as GPS, P3DM, camera traps and satellite data.