“The key to conservation is putting people at the heart of the solution. This is done through community programs supporting health, education, job security, and sustainable livelihoods. African Parks, and their community-first approach to conservation, is ensuring that the protected areas under their management are safe places where wildlife 'and' people can flourish. And in safe places, magical things can happen. Therefore, choosing African Parks as our partner for this campaign was a no-brainer”. - Pie Aerts
African Parks was founded in 2000 to effectively manage Africa’s National Parks through a public-private partnership model where they manage parks on behalf of Governments for the benefit of local communities. Their model is simple. They enter into on average 20-year management agreements to be fully responsible and accountable for all aspects of park management. That means protecting wildlife, providing law enforcement, supporting and investing in communities, and enacting long-term financing solutions. With 19 parks in 11 countries, they are protecting more than 14.7 million hectares, and they are working to have 30 parks under management by 2030.
African Parks' model ensures that effectively managed parks deliver a host of ecological, socio-political and economic benefits for people living in and around these landscapes. They are one of the largest employers in every place they work; tens of thousands of people have access to education and healthcare; and communities are benefiting from improved livelihoods, all based on a conservation-led economy. African Parks serves some of the most vulnerable communities in Africa, and while this pandemic sweeps the continent, their role for people and wildlife is more important than ever.
"When we launched this project, we wanted to create an impact that goes beyond borders - just like this pandemic doesn't care about borders. African Parks came to our minds first, because of their involvement in some of the most vulnerable regions of Africa and their incredible track record with Governments." - Marion Payr
African Parks' COVID Response to date:
- Provided 65,000 masks (for over 5,000 full and part-time staff and community members)
- Distributed 5,000 litres of soap, 285 litres of bleach, 223 bottles of sanitiser
- Assembled and distributed more than 630 handwashing stations
- Reached over 135,000 community members with awareness campaigns on how to prevent the spread of Covid.
African Parks’ Community Impact in 2020:
- 108,579 people received healthcare in and around the parks
- 105 schools were built and supported and 752 scholarships were provided
- 3,219 full-time staff of which 95% are locals were employed
- 1,064 rangers ensured safe spaces for people and wildlife
- Over 90,000 people legally live within or moving through four of the 19 parks we manage
- Over half of the paying tourists that visited parks managed by African Parks were local residents of their countries
About African Parks:
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. African Parks manages 19 national parks and protected areas covering over 14.7 million hectares in 11 countries: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Zambia. For more information visit , , and