In Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, climate change is pitting elephants against people. Changing climate patterns are causing frequent, severe droughts. Elephants wander ever farther in search of water, raiding farmlands during their journeys. And the Maasai people, who are now farming in addition to herding livestock, resort to killing the wildlife that eat their crops.
It’s a serious situation with dire consequences.
While Africa contributes least to global carbon emissions, its people and wildlife are bearing the brunt of climate change impacts. AWF therefore implements projects that both address the causes and help people adapt to the effects. We work with communities to conserve forests, keeping carbon out of the atmosphere. We protect wildlife corridors that give wildlife safe passage to much-needed water. We train farmers in climate-smart agriculture so they can sustainably grow crops. Finally, we help prevent human–wildlife conflict so farmers don’t lose their crops… and elephants don’t lose their lives.
AWF’s featured expert, Fiesta Warinwa is a first-hand witness to the devastating impact of climate change on the beloved wildlife she has been working to save for the last 20 years. Fiesta launched her conservation career with AWF as an intern in 1999. Since then, the South Sudanese native has overseen our conservation efforts in Kenya and has recently taken on a new role focusing on partnerships across Africa.
A rise in temperature of 2° C could drive 10 – 40% of Africa’s mammals into critically endangered or extinct status by 2080.
African Wildlife Foundation knows we can’t wait any longer to take action.
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