- Our work
The African Wildlife Foundation is an international conservation organisation that focuses solely on Africa. AWF?s programme in Africa is designed around the concept of the ?African Heartlands?, large conservation landscapes which are managed and conserved in an integrated fashion to optimize conservation value and human benefit. Founded 50 years ago, AWF now works in nine priority Heartlands across parts of fourteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa, delivering a combination of land management, conservation enterprise, capacity building & training, applied ecology and policy level conservation actions in partnership with national and local government, community and private sector organisations. Headquartered in Kenya, AWF is highly regarded for its conservation strategy, its African leadership and its practical approach to delivering real impact on the ground. A key focus of AWF?s activities is to provide enterprise services in and around the African Heartlands to assist communities in developing alternative and sustainable enterprises as a source of income while helping to conserve natural habitats.
1. Cross-cutting socio-economic impact measurement initiative (pan-African): AWF is updating the ways in which it measures the socio-economic impacts of its conservation work. AWF has been revising its own methodologies and comparing its methodologies with other conservation and development organisations. AWF is about to use this revision process to begin implementation of a two-year internal project to update socio-economic baselines and impact measurement in its ?priority interventions?.
2. Cross-cutting programme on conservation enterprise development (pan-African): One of AWF?s four main types of intervention strategy, conservation enterprise development, is specifically targeted at enabling communities to achieve their linked livelihood and sustainable conservation management goals. Currently working on 52 enterprises across the AWF Programme, the enterprise team supports tourism and other initiatives ensuring that communities are equitable partners.
3. Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo): AWF is working to establish ecologically and economically viable protected areas, establish REDD pilot projects, improve the management of forest concessions and plantations, strengthen local livelihoods, foster profitable resource-based community enterprises and develop an appropriate monitoring framework to secure the biological integrity of this landscape.
4. Kazungula (Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe):
a. Fishing Camps: AWF in collaboration with local partners assisted the Chezya Community in Zimbabwe to develop a sport fishing camp at a popular site in their village.
b. Santawani Lodge: Financial and technical assistance was provided to the Sankuyo community through their management trust to rebuild the 16 bed Santawani lodge.
5. Kilimanjaro (Kenya and Tanzania): AWF is working with a group ranch to establish a community carbon project to reward community efforts to protect its woodlands.
6. Limpopo (Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe): AWF has acted as an adviser and liaison between Imbali Safari Lodge and the local community to develop ways for the community to support the needs of the lodge. The community now provides a range of business services to the lodge.
7. Samburu (Kenya): AWF provided assistance to the local Namunyak community to become an equity shareholder in a permanent tented camp that had been built on land originally leased from them. At another community nearby, AWF provided capital for a group to develop their own ?star beds? luxury camp along the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro. Both of these communities have set aside areas of their land for conservation and tourism.
8. Maasai Steppe (Tanzania): AWF is working with communities in and around the Kolo Hills to implement joint forest management practices and establish a pilot REDD project for national level learning.
9. Virungas (Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda): AWF is part of the International Gorilla Conservation Project coalition. IGCP is working with forest adjacent communities to increase their stake in and benefits from gorilla tourism. Bwindi has been one of the primary study sites for the CARE led assessment of the socio-economic impact of protected areas.
10. Zambezi (Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe): AWF is working with communities to establish Land Trusts and enable them to benefit from wildlife-based tourism.
11. Regional Parc W (Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin): AWF is at an early stage of working with local partners to establish priorities in this, AWF's newest Heartland.