African Conservation Foundation
The African Conservation Foundation is working towards the protection and conservation of Africa's endangered wildlife and their habitats. Founded in 1999, ACF fills a unique niche by creating an Africa-wide network for information exchange and capacity building of conservation efforts in the region. 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. ACF's 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.
The African Conservation Foundation (ACF), in collaboration with the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF), is working in the Lebialem Highlands and Mone Forest area in Western Cameroon to protect Cross River Gorillas and chimpanzees through research, conservation and development of alternative income generating opportunities. The project fosters community participation in conservation planning and provides immediate action to protect key wildlife areas. Local community members are trained in conservation management, and enterprises such as ecotourism are being developed.