The wildlife of sub-Saharan Africa faces unprecedented level of threats from loss and fragmentation of habitat, poaching, hunting, climate change, and population growth to name but some. There has been a steep generational decline to a vast number of species of fauna and flora, and the IUCN Red List demonstrates that many are vulnerable to extinction, including some of the continent’s most iconic species.
Large conservation organisations have an important role to play, but saving Africa’s wildlife can and will only happen if a robust network of well-functioning local organisations are working deeply within local communities.
Currently, however, there is a significant lack of local organisations with adequate capacity, skills, resources and funding – ACF exists to tackle this core problem.
Building local capacity
ACF’s mission is to support and link grassroots conservation initiatives in Africa by building their capacity, developing partnerships and promoting effective communication and co-ordination of conservation efforts.
We help create a collaborative network of self-sustaining community-led conservation initiatives across sub-Saharan Africa.
Local communities are empowered to effectively restore, conserve and wisely use biodiversity, sustaining a healthy environment delivering benefits essential for all people.
We envisage Africa as a continent with large wilderness areas, with core conservation zones and native, abundant wildlife.
Since 1999, our conservation team has:
African countries and in arid, savanna and rainforest ecosystems
helped set up
protected areas and community forests across Africa
organisations in Eastern, Southern,
North, West and Central Africa
community rangers, NGO staff, students and volunteers
universities, NGOs, funders and
agencies around the world
ha vulnerable wildlife habitat to halt biodiversity loss
Our work supports the following Sustainable Development Goals
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. We build local capacity for long term sustainability of projects. We train young African conservationists and provide technical assistance to particularly grassroots organisations in Africa.
The African Conservation Network has won the prestigious Stockholm Challenge Award in 2006 .
Our work is organised around 6 specific objectives
“I am greatly encouraged by the work of the African Conservation Foundation for they are motivated by the idea that nature and our environment are an essential gift that we need to protect for future generations. After all, what would life be without a clean, healthy and sustainable environment?”
His Holiness The Dalai Lama
ACF uniquely combines capacity building with conservation and their support is critical, as Tanzania continues to struggle to protect their dwindling wildlife and natural resources.
ACF’s approach is a very needed and useful contribution to enhancing the capacity of the numerous, and often isolated, conservation initiatives currently taking place in Africa.
Since ACF is developing the capacity of African organisations, they will build the future of conservation in Africa.
The importance of ACF’s role as a hub is already immeasurable and will become more and more critical, as Africa continues the struggle to protect her dwindling wildlife and natural resources.
We believe the work of the ACF will have far-reaching consequences in preserving Africa’s natural resources for present and future generations.
ACF provides a most valuable service to local conservation groups, thank you and don’t stop, keep up your good work!
The collaboration between ACF and TAWIRI has been one of the best ways to achieve our joint mission and function in conservation.
ACF is member of a number of international partnerships and alliances for biodiversity conservation.