African Wildlife Protection Fund (AWPF) is committed to protecting the rich wildlife of the African continent through education, food security, skills development, leadership, global awareness and security.
Our mission is progressive and balances the needs of community with an integrated approach to help those that safeguard and work with our wildlife. The well-being of people, environment and wildlife are inextricably linked. Our goal is to re-achieve the perfect balance. Within seven years we will have lost the rhino if poaching continues at its present rate. The problem does not stop at the rhino, also pangolin, elephant, leopard, lion and many other smaller and large species face extinction without proactive help where it is needed now.
Young people are our future leaders, and AWPF’s Leadership Academy will help ensure that these young ambassadors herald a new era to help to protect our rich and wonderful African wildlife.
The AWPF is actively involved with local communities to address food security, core skills development and sustainable conservation agriculture. Our agenda and role is to actively re-engage communities into protecting and conserving our wildlife and wilderness.
We are actively engaged in training and supervising anti-poaching teams within South Africa and have a strategic link with major game reserves. We aim to be a premier wildlife protection fund in Africa, with complete clarity of where the funds are distributed.
Without achieving a balance of sustainable livelihoods in the communities that live within or alongside our nature conservancies and national parks, we will continue to see the decimation of wildlife. AWPF see core skills development, food security and Conservation Agriculture and as crucial elements to help stem the endemic destruction of wildlife that we presently find ourselves observing in Africa.
To readdress this natural balance, AWPF will be promoting, funding and running workshops where core skills development, food security, environmental, ecological sustainability will be combined for the creation of a working wage. In rural disadvantaged communities young people can be drawn into drugs and wildlife crime as a necessity to survive on a day to day basis. It is these areas that are our key focus.We are actively working on workshops in the following areas:
Small organic farming can feed the world according to a recent UN report. With global water scarcity and food security expected to be the next challenges within Africa. The AWPF intends through its model of Conservation Agriculture to develop workshops throughout the African continent to create both sustainable livelihoods and food security with an emphasis on hydroponics, agriculture and small scale organic farming. This will be a shift from the monoculture-based high intensive industrial production that we see on the planet, to a mosaic of sustainable regenerative systems in turn giving local rural communities the chance not just to survive but to prosper.
AWPF have a commitment and belief that the world's talented young people will be the custodians for the future protection of our wildlife. With our gap year and mini gap year experiences young adults are able to have an African experience of a lifetime in a safe environment. We will be working with local disadvantaged youngsters and communities helping teach skills in the African wilderness on Rangers Nature Reserve and other major Western and Eastern Cape game reserves.
Students will learn the skill sets of a true survivor and enter into a journey of self-discovery and discipline whilst learning to work highly effectively with themselves and their teams. Words that in this modern world are being forgotten like honour, courage, commitment, honesty and consciousness are our fundamental teaching principles.What You Will Expect
There is an epidemic of wildlife crime worldwide. Highly skilled Rangers are one of the best ways of combating these erroneous elements that threaten to destabilise societies and large geographical areas. Looking at the challenges of wildlife crime in Africa; we will lose animals such as the rhino, pangolin and elephant within just several years. The loss of these animal species will have a devastating effect on the wildlife job market and career paths as well as severely impacting the tourism industry of Africa and ultimately we will have lost something precious and humanity will have failed in its responsibility to steward Africa’s wildlife.
Our wildlife protection initiative has taken the approach that our Rangers should not only be skilled in the protection elements of security but also highly skilled educators and ambassadors. We look at the buffer zones of security extending far beyond the fenced boundaries of our national and private reserves. Our Rangers will be working along-side our Sustainable Livelihoods Projects teaching core-skills and educating the surrounding communities on the importance and value of wildlife, not only to the reserves but for the long-term sustenance of the community itself.
There is a huge need to train and field large amounts of skilled officers and rangers and the work of these Rangers is always physically and mentally demanding and dangerous at both an individual and unit level. They are under-funded with a lack of equipment, training and are often over stressed with managing large geographical areas in small numbers. We have a commitment to train and field hundreds of Rangers and Anti-Poaching Officers through our “boots-on-the-ground” approach which is badly needed in the front-line working against wildlife crime.
Without doubt both habitat and wildlife are under threat in Africa. The AWPF will fund projects that work towards wildlife and community synergy. The sad fact that wildlife and wilderness can be seen as only a resource to be exploited needs to be re-addressed. We have a duty to protect and preserve the richness and biodiversity of Africa. By engaging other strategic partners and NGO’s we have a mission to re-examine our link of nature in working towards the creation of sustainable nature reserves run by local communities. These will work within the new guidelines for responsible eco-tourism.
By designing integrated mechanisms working with local communities to safe guard and sustain our wilderness and wildlife we are able to look towards a brighter future. Protected areas cover more than 10% of the earth’s land surface and often at the cost of cultural heritage and livelihoods. AWPF seeks to fulfil a fully integrated framework for future projects.
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African Wildlife Protection Fund urgently needs your help. Your donations to any area of our programme is greatly appreciated, either in direct financial support, sponsorship, supply of equipment or your time as a fund raising volunteer.
1. Wildlife Warriors - Training and Supply of Equipment to our Hero Rangers;
2. Skills Development Centre
3. Skills Development Training
4. Wildlife Sanctuary
Please reference your donation with the area of the programme you wish to support 1. 2. 3. or 4. If a reference is not indicated we will distribute at our discretion.
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