African Wildlife Foundation
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever.
For more than 50 years, AWF has been a key player in African conservation and sustainable development. The organization has defined large conservation landscapes that are essential to securing the future of Africa’s wildlife. Within these landscapes, AWF employs an integrated approach to conservation including land use planning, education and capacity building, development of conservation enterprises to improve livelihoods, and applied research.
Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) commits to harnessing and advocating the integration and use of data on Africa’s wildlife and wildlands in research and policy-making for Africa. Africa’s development is contingent upon its wildlands and natural resources, and its critical natural habitats cannot exist without their wildlife species, as it is keystone species like elephants, great apes, and carnivores that modify and sustain these systems.
AWF has been working to produce information on Africa’s wildlife and wildlands and commits to sharing this information widely with Africa’s heads of state, and to advocate its integration into national and regional development plans.
As the oldest and largest conservation organization focused solely on Africa, and uniquely positioned to be Africa’s Conservation Stewards, AWF commits to building a network of African Influencers to advocate for the integration of conservation information into policy. AWF has already engaged African influencers in more than 30 countries across the continent, and our formal recommendation to promote wildlife and wildland conservation in Africa’s development agenda was integrated into the African Union’s (AU’s) final Vision 2063 document. We will continue to deepen our relationship with the AU and to forge strong ties with Sub-Saharan Africa’s various regional economic communities and African heads of state.