African Wildlife Foundation conserves elephant and rhino populations by supporting the work of rangers and community wildlife scouts — the “boots on the ground” who shield highly endangered animals from poachers’ guns.
In April 2019, two women who are influencing the course of conservation in Africa — Fiesta Warinwa and Didi Wamukoya — traveled from Nairobi to visit their African Wildlife Foundation colleagues in the US and UK. Over three weeks, they met with AWF partners and supporters who make their work possible and appeared in various forums to discuss their work.
When African Wildlife Foundation designed its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization knew that focusing only on wildlife and wild lands would fall short of mitigating the ongoing crisis. Our decades of experience in conservation in Africa continue to show that even the best designed conservation programs do not succeed when the needs of the communities living near wildlife remain unaddressed.
The illegal trafficking of protected African wildlife species can take various gory forms across the continent. Wildlife management authorities and investigators often discover concealed elephant tusks still dripping with blood or even pieces of flesh and hides, but they are also likely to find crocodile eggs or pangolin scales. The contraband counts as evidence, as do the tools and weapons found at the crime scene, which can range from handmade bows and arrows to AK47s.
Developing: As I was writing about the incredible community conservation program at Olderkesi, the COVID-19 crisis was just developing. Now, as I finish this piece, unfortunately, much of the work outlined here is in great threat as tourism comes to a grinding halt in the wake of the pandemic. Cottar’s Safaris find themselves in the same position as most safari outfits. Tourism revenues have plummeted, threatening the wildlife living on this critical conservancy in the Mara and the livelihoods of the Maasai families who work at — and receive economic benefits from — the lodges.
AFD provides funding and technical assistance for development projects and programs that enhance sustainable and shared economic growth and improve living conditions for the poorest. It is also focused on preserving the environment and stabilizing countries in fragile situations.
DGIS is responsible for development cooperation policy, its coordination, implementation, and funding. DGIS is focused primarily on gender, AIDS, education, sustainable economic development, and the environment.
USAID extends help from the American people to achieve results for the poorest and most vulnerable around the world. It invests in ideas that improve the lives of men, women, and children by activities such as agricultural productivity, combating deadly diseases, fostering private sector growth, and much more.
AWF’s six-year partnership with Starbucks and 5,000 farmers under the Kenya Heartland Coffee Project delivered a bold blend of results for people and wildlife. This project boosted coffee production through farmer training on conservation friendly growing practices. It also established a quality lab which helped growers to monitor and refine their coffee. True to AWF’s mission and Starbucks’ commitment to social responsibility, this project aimed to foster an environmentally and economically vibrant landscape.
IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations, established in 1977 as one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference. IFAD’s goal is to empower poor rural individuals in developing countries to achieve higher incomes and improved food security and nutrition.