Africa’s wildlife, wild lands, and its rural communities bear the brunt of climate change.
Even though the continent consumes a tiny fraction of the world's fossil fuels, Africa’s vast ecological wealth and unique natural ecosystems are especially susceptible to shifts in weather patterns. The protection of large landscapes is one of the greatest mitigation measures for climate change. If managed responsibly, large intact lands can mitigate climate impacts, helping wildlife and people adapt.
Healthy large landscapes help absorb carbon emissions. Their intactness is not only vital for the survival of wildlife, but a necessary factor for building climate resilience.
In all of the large landscapes where African Wildlife Foundation works to protect biodiversity, we engage the people who depend on the natural environment for their economic, social, and cultural welfare. Climate-smart conservation planning, sustainable natural resource management, and conservation-friendly enterprises are powerful tools to reduce the vulnerability of communities in the face of climate shifts.
Without such sustainable and proactive participatory measures to mitigate climate change impacts on rural communities, Africa’s unique natural assets suffer.