Conservation Tourism

Conservation Tourism

Efrica is well-known for its diverse wildlife. But, most people have only seen it on their high-definition televisions.

With the creation of conservation tourism, people from all over are flocking to Africa to see the planet’s most stunning wildlife. All in its own natural habitat. As a result, Africa’s wildlife is driving business, safeguarding wildlife, and contributing to a brighter future for all of Africa.

Challenges

Wildlife is not a threat to communities. It is a part of their prosperity.
Many communities view wildlife as a threat to their livelihoods. Wildlife tends to wander beyond park boundaries and raid crops they would normally eat or sell.

Many will hunt wildlife to protect their land. Still, others poach and participate in wildlife trafficking to earn an income. Making communities realize the benefits of conserving wildlife is one of our biggest challenges.

Solutions

African Wildlife Foundation is helping tourists experience the beauty of Africa’s wildlife while supporting the economy and nature preservation efforts of local communities by:
Developing successful ecotourism lodges throughout Africa.
AWF has a great deal of credibility within local communities, which helps us show them the economic benefits of attracting tourism and protecting wildlife. AWF has created a successful process of developing and brokering eco-lodges between communities and experienced private operators. While both provide funding, the community owns the land and lodge, and the operator is responsible for running it. The operators then lease the land from the community and agree to pay a percentage of all revenue earned thus creating incentives for communities to protect area wildlife.

Preserving a critical wildlife corridor with the creation of Manyara Ranch.
Located in Northern Tanzania, Manyara Ranch rests in a critical central location between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks that spans 44,000 acres. About a decade ago, the migration route that connects the two began disappearing.

To stop these threats, AWF established the Tanzania Land Conservation Trust (TLCT). This is a nonprofit working to acquire critical wildlife areas threatened by private developments.

Manyara Ranch became the first property acquired by TLCT .  Thanks to community presence on the TLCT board and local involvement in protecting the newly created conservancy, is a successful example of how communities can benefit from wildlife conservation outside of protected areas.

 

www.awf.org/economic/conservation-tourism

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