Today (12th August), is an international annual event dedicated to protect the world´s elephants. In honour of World Elephant Day, we want to introduce you to an organisation that aims to protect Africa´s wildlife and nature: the African Wildlife Foundation.
Written by Lea
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Founded in 1961, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is the oldest conservation organisation in Africa. Their headquarters are located in Nairobi, Kenia, but they work across the entire African continent. Currently, the AWF has 16 projects in Africa in a variety of ecosystems including savannas, mountain regions and rainforests among others.
What AWF does
The AWF believes, that for a
long-lasting impact of conservation strategies, wildlife and nature
conservation must be handeled on a large scale, together with local, national
and regional partners. Furthermore, they do not only focus on the needs
of the wild animals but also on the needs of the people living
Due to this, their four main conservation strategies are:
- Wildlife Conservation
by fighting poaching (stop the killing/trafficking/demand). This includes for example training and equipping rangers, placing sniffer dogs and raising awareness about wildlife crime.
- Land & Habitat Protection
by mapping priority landscapes across Africa and promoting community-based conservation strategies. Therefore, they want to expand and manage protected areas across Africa. Furthermore, they try to mitigate effects of climate change by for example promoting sustainable energy solutions.
- Community Empowerment
because the AWF believes that conservation only works when you work together with the local community. Due to this, conservation education as well as promoting sustainable agriculture and tourism are major parts of their work.
In order for conservation to be effective and successful, the AWF works with political and economic leaderships in Africa. By this, conservation can be integrated into development and economic plans and programs.
AWF & Water-to-Go
As conservation success can not be achieved alone, the AWF works together with several partners and stakeholders worldwide. One of their partners is Water-to-Go, who create reusable water bottles with a special filtration system to enable access to safe and healthy drinking water anywhere in the world. To help raise awareness and well needed funds, Water-to-Go designed a limited-edition bottle. £10 from each limited-edition bottle purchased goes directly to the AWF and helps to protect Africa´s wildlife and wild lands.
So, you want to help conserving wildlife and wild lands in Africa and you want to have access to safe and healthy drinking water worldwide? Then head over to Water-to-Go and get one of their AWF limited-edition bottles! Together for a better world for ALL living beings!