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Volcanoes National Park: a success story for Rwanda's communities and conservation

Close up photo of Rwandan woman and child smiling

     

To most Rwandans, the Volcanoes National Park is evidence of beauty and source of tourism revenues to the national treasury. To the residents of the Kinigi sector, Musanze District—right at the edge of the national park —this park is “everything.”

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Tackling conservation threats to Cameroon’s biodiversity

Photo of two young chimpanzees at rescue centre in Cameroon

A vital home for critically endangered great apes, the Dja Faunal Reserve benefits from a community-centered conservation strategy as development stems an upswing in human activity around the protected area and buffer zones.

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Access to agricultural markets restores biodiversity in Lomako

Photo of AWF-funded barge used to transport agricultural produce to markets along Congo and Maringa Rivers

         

Following years of social turmoil and civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, people living along the banks of the Congo and Maringa Rivers had few economic opportunities. When African Wildlife Foundation began working in the Lomako landscape in 2003, the organization prioritized local livelihood improvement via sustainable agriculture production as a critical necessity for conservation.

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Protecting the carnivores of Africa’s wild lands

Photo of African wild dog in Southern Africa

          

Not only are carnivores critical to the long-term viability of ecosystems, their presence is also a strong indicator of healthy prey populations. As they face a combination of threats — retaliatory killings by livestock keepers, declining prey base, habitat decline and human conflict ­— conserving ecologically viable and functional populations of large carnivores in their natural habitats is paramount but challenging.

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Southern Tanzania shines as a model for green growth

Aerial photo of agricultural plantations in Kilombero Valley, Southern Tanzania

                                      

With the planet’s human population projected to reach 9 billion by 2050, the demand for arable land to produce food, fuel and fiber is on the rise. Many look to Africa to meet this demand, viewing the continent as replete with vast expanses of unused land.

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