Economic and social benefits for people local to conservation areas are as important to AWF’s work as protecting habitats. In fact, it can be said that they are inextricable. For, when landscape residents lack sustainable livelihood opportunities, they fall back on the forest for nearly all their primary needs. This is even truer in areas that are remote and isolated logistically.
New eco-guards enrich the Iyondji Community Bonobo Reserve’s Management Structure, created under CARPE II in northern DRC
Technological innovation is often born out of two things: necessity and war. Conservation groups like AWF need to know more about rare species like the bonobo to determine how best to protect them. At the same time, there is a war on to defend well-known species—rhinos and elephants, for example—that have come under attack.
AWF is featured in the brand new apeAPP, a tool created by the Great Ape Survival Partnership (GRASP). No, it isn’t an app for apes, but rather an app that allows you to learn about, and help, apes—like the bonobo.
Get up close and personal with African wildlife via AWF’s camera traps—a popular technology used in ecological research and monitoring. It is also one of the methods that AWF and its partners employ when studying lesser-known species or monitoring threatened species to better protect them.