Effective partnerships are central to the delivery of African Wildlife Foundation’s mission. In each landscape where we work, AWF strives to build and maintain long-term, trusted relationships with local communities and associations as direct partners in conservation. AWF also works to leverage the unique expertise of outside partners—such as universities, research organizations, development organizations, and the private sector—to help address particular challenges and introduce promising ideas and technologies. A few current technical partnerships are highlighted below.
African Wildlife Foundation is a founding member of the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG), a consortium comprised of seven U.S.-based international conservation nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) with field programs in Africa. ABCG offers AWF important opportunities to pursue and share learning on high-priority conservation issues. Over the years, AWF has teamed up with ABCG to feature success stories from AWF’s Conservation Enterprise Program, to fund analysis voluntary tools for land conservation in Kenya, and to create awareness materials on the links between HIV/AIDS and conservation in Africa.
The CGIAR is a strategic alliance of members, partners, and international agricultural centers that mobilizes science to benefit the poor. African Wildlife Foundation is pleased to partner with numerous CGIAR across the African Heartlands including:
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), AWF has worked with the likes of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), WorldFish Center, and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) to promote sustainable land and forest use and to reinvigorate the agriculture sector in the remote Maringa Lopori Wamba (MLW) Landscape. These CGIAR partners are bringing important expertise in agriculture science, farming methods, and low-impact technologies to the landscape’s small-hold farmers.
In Eastern Africa, AWF partners with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) to promote mixed wildlife/livestock land uses, particularly in highly threatened wildlife corridors such as the Kitengela dispersal area outside of Nairobi National Park in Kenya.
EcoAdapt is a scientific research and educational nongovernmental organization (NGO) at the center of climate-change adaptation innovation. EcoAdapt works to develop the new conservation paradigm of Climate Adaptation, build the capacity of current and future conservation professionals to engage in climate-adaptation thinking and implementation, and offers technical expertise to support the implementation of partners’ adaptation strategies. African Wildlife Foundation works with EcoAdapt in the Virunga Heartland in Central Africa to assess the potential vulnerability of the highly endangered mountain gorilla to climate change and to develop and model adaptation scenarios.
The world over, it's not hard to find examples where the built environment has inhibited social and economic progress for individuals, communities, and entire nations. The easiest cases appear after natural disasters, but rarely do we consider how buildings, systems, and infrastructure affect our health and wellbeing. MASS has a unique approach to projects; working with partners and community leaders to identify and cultivate design strategies that meet specific challenges, and then collaborate with engineers, consultants, and craftsman to oversee construction. This holistic design is our core objective: design and build buildings and infrastructure that have the systems and resources to be resilient, sustainable, and improve the lives of people they serve.
Today, MASS is currently working on projects in Rwanda, Haiti, Uganda, Malawi, and Democratic Republic of Congo, among others. In tandem with projects, MASS operates research programs in furniture/craft development, policy planning, and advocacy, as well as training initiatives in on-site, hands-on construction and craft workshops, applied technology, among others.
Planet Action is a not-for-profit collaborative initiative launched by Spot Image, a world leader in satellite imagery, and ESRI, a leading provider of Geographic Information Systems technologies. Planet Action provides AWF with up-to-date high resolution satellite imagery to help AWF and our local and national partners analyze and forecast the potential impacts of climate change on biodiversity, land and water resources, and people’s lives and livelihoods in multiple Heartlands in East Africa. The data and analysis generated by Planet Action’s imagery contributes directly to how AWF and partners plan and execute conservation actions in response to climate change.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. African Wildlife Foundation and TNC have joined forces in several key semiarid landscapes in East Africa. TNC offers AWF and its national and local partners specialized technical and financial resources to help support AWF’s field-based efforts to conserve wildlife habitat through long-term legal mechanisms—such as the direct purchase of threatened lands, easements, and land-use planning in threatened wildlife corridors.
Since 2005, specialists from the University of Maryland’s Department of Geography have worked hand in hand with AWF, the parks authority, and local communities in the Maringa Lopori Wamba landscape of the DRC to create models and maps to aid in conservation land use planning and zoning. UMD experts lead participatory mapping, conduct remote sensing, and establish baselines and track changes over time concerning forest cover, agriculture, settlement, prevalence of fire, bonobo and other indictors which help AWF, UMD, and other partners in the Congo Basin track the health of the forest and determine where to direct resources.
WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade by reducing demand through public-awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection. The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth more than US$10 billion per year and has drastically reduced many wildlife populations around the world. Just like the drug trade, law and enforcement efforts have not been able to resolve the problem. WildAid is focused on reducing the demand for these products, with the strong and simple message: When the buying stops, the killing can, too. With an unrivaled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and global network of media partners, it is able to deliver high-impact, culturally sensitive multimedia campaigns, leveraging more than US$200 million in pro-bono media support and reaching up to one billion people every week.