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Conservation Biology in Sub-Saharan Africa

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John W. Wilson
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Richard B. Primack

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Selected Environmental Organisations

Online search engines such as Google provide powerful tools to obtain information about conservation topics and opportunities. While much of the information obtained in this way is valuable, the growing popularity of the Internet has also allowed the rapid distribution of false and misleading information. You should, thus, carefully consider the source of the information you obtain online.

1Similarly, it is also important to thoroughly research any conservation organisations with whom you are interested in working with. This task is particularly difficult in Africa, where most organisations have not yet been assessed for their effectiveness in carrying out conservation activities. As a starting point, you can see whether the organisation that interests you is a member of an international affiliate body, such as the IUCN or World Association for Zoos and Aquariums, which sets strict standards for organisational memberships. Online databases such as GuideStar (https://www.guidestar.org), Charity Navigator (https://www.charitynavigator.org), Better Business Bureau (https://www.bbb.org), and Great Nonprofits (https://greatnonprofits.org) are also good options for organisation vetting.

2Below is a partial list of credible conservation organisations active on a regional scale in Africa.

Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG)

᛫ Washington, DC, USA

http://www.abcg.org

᛫ Tackles conservation challenges by strengthening collaborations.

African Conservation Foundation (ACF)

᛫ Nairobi, Kenya and Yaoundé, Cameroon

https://www.africanconservation.org

᛫ Saves Africa’s endangered wildlife by building local capacity.

African World Heritage Fund

᛫ Midrand, South Africa

https://awhf.net

᛫ Works to protect Africa’s World Heritage Sites.

African Parks

᛫ Johannesburg, South Africa

https://www.african-parks.org

᛫ Manages protected areas in collaboration with governments and communities.

African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

᛫ Nairobi, Kenya

http://www.awf.org

᛫ Works to ensure that wildlife and wild lands thrive.

Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)

Kampala, Uganda

http://www.arcosnetwork.org

᛫ Promotes biodiversity conservation in the Albertine Rift region.

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)

᛫ Lawrence, KS, USA

http://tropicalbiology.org

᛫ Fosters scientific understanding and conservation of tropical environments.

BirdLife International

᛫ Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana

http://www.birdlife.org/​africa

᛫ Strives to conserve birds and their habitats, with national partners across Africa.

Born Free Foundation

᛫ Horsham, UK

http://www.bornfree.org.uk

᛫ Protects threatened species in the wild.

Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)

᛫ Nairobi, Kenya

http://www.bgci.org

᛫ Guides, encourages, and supports botanical gardens.

Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI)

᛫ Cambridge, UK

http://www.cambridgeconservation.org

᛫ A partnership of conservation leaders working towards a sustainable future.

Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

᛫ Yaoundé, Cameroon and Nairobi, Kenya

https://www.cifor.org

᛫ Conducts research on forests and landscape management.

CGIAR (formerly Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research)

Montpellier, France

http://www.cgiar.org

᛫ The world’s largest agricultural innovation network.

CITES Secretariat of Wild Fauna and Flora

᛫ Geneva, Switzerland

https://cites.org

᛫ The official UN body tasked with regulating the global trade in endangered species.

Conservation International (CI)

Arlington, VA, USA

http://www.conservation.org

᛫ Saves nature through science, policy, and partnerships.

Conservation Leadership Programme

᛫ Cambridge, UK

http://www.conservationleadershipprogramme.org

᛫ Supports leadership development of early career conservationists.

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat

᛫ Montreal, Canada

https://www.cbd.int

᛫ The official UN body tasked with promoting the goals of the CBD.

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)

Arlington, VA, USA

http://www.cepf.net

᛫ Provides financial and technical support to conserve critical ecosystems.

Darwin Initiative

᛫ London, UK

http://www.darwininitiative.org.uk

᛫ Assists developing countries implement biodiversity convention commitments.

Earthwatch Institute

᛫ Boston, MA, USA

http://earthwatch.org

᛫ Helps citizen scientists contribute to field conservation projects.

East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS)

᛫ Nairobi, Kenya

https://eawildlife.org

᛫ Promotes conservation and sustainable use of the environment.

EcoHealth Alliance

᛫ New York, NY, USA

https://www.ecohealthalliance.org

᛫ Studies connections between humans, wildlife, and ecosystems.

The Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA)

᛫ Freetown, Sierra Leone

http://www.efasl.org

᛫ Protects and restores the environment in West Africa.

Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)

᛫ London, UK

https://eia-international.org

᛫ Activist organisation focussed on exposing environmental crimes.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)

᛫ Eugene, OR, USA

http://elaw.org

᛫ Helps partners gain skills and build strong conservation organisations.

Fauna & Flora International (FFI)

᛫ Cambridge, UK

http://www.fauna-flora.org

᛫ Africa’s first conservation society; has been protecting African wildlife since 1903.

FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology

᛫ Cape Town, South Africa

http://www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za

᛫ Promotes and undertakes scientific studies on African birds.

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

᛫ Washington. DC

http://www.forestcarbonpartnership.org

᛫ Assist countries with their REDD+ preparations to reduce emissions from forest loss.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

᛫ Bonn, Germany

https://ic.fsc.org

᛫ Sets the standards for responsibly managed forests.

Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS)

᛫ Frankfurt, Germany

https://fzs.org

᛫ Maintains wilderness areas and biodiversity.

Future for Nature

᛫ Arnhem, The Netherlands

http://futurefornature.org

᛫ Provides mentoring and other assistance to young conservationists.

Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA)

᛫ Johannesburg, South Africa

http://www.gameranger.org

᛫ Provides support, networks, and representation for rangers.

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

᛫ Washington, DC, USA

http://www.thegef.org

᛫ Provide grants for biodiversity and sustainable development projects.

Global Forest Watch (GFW)

᛫ Washington, DC, USA

http://www.globalforestwatch.org

᛫ Empower people to better protect forests.

Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC)

᛫ Austin, TX, USA

https://www.globalwildlife.org

᛫ Protects species and habitats through science-based field action.

Goldman Environmental Foundation

᛫ San Francisco, CA, USA

http://www.goldmanprize.org

᛫ Recognises environmental activists who have made an impact.

Greenpeace Africa

᛫ Johannesburg, South Africa

http://www.greenpeace.org/​africa

᛫ Activist organisation known for protests against environmental crime

High Seas Alliance

᛫ Washington, DC, USA

http://highseasalliance.org

᛫ Facilitates cooperation for protection of high seas.

ICLEI Africa

᛫ Cape Town, South Africa

http://africa.iclei.org

᛫ A network of governments committed to sustainable urban development.

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

᛫ Nairobi, Kenya and Cape Town, South Africa

http://www.ifaw.org/​africa

᛫ Rescues and protects animals around the world.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

᛫ Geneva, Switzerland

http://www.ipcc.ch

᛫ The UN’s authority on climate change.

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

᛫ Bonn, Germany

https://www.ipbes.net

᛫ The UN’s authority on nature’s contributions to people (NCP), or ecosystem services.

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)

᛫ Washington, DC, USA

http://www.ecotourism.org

᛫ Promotes responsible tourism practices.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

᛫ London, UK

https://www.iied.org

᛫ Promotes sustainable development to protect the environment.

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

᛫ Ibadan, Nigeria

http://www.iita.org

᛫ Works to enhance crop quality and productivity.

International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

Yokohama, Japan

http://www.itto.int

᛫ Promotes sustainable management of tropical forest resources.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

᛫ Gland, Switzerland

https://www.iucn.org

᛫ Coordinates international conservation efforts and produces Red Lists.

International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL)

Lyon, France

https://www.interpol.int/​Crime-areas/​Environmental-crime

᛫ Facilitate prosecution of international environmental crimes.

iSeal

᛫ London, UK

https://www.isealalliance.org

᛫ A membership organisation for sustainability standards.

Jane Goodall Institute

᛫ Vienna, VA, USA

http://www.janegoodall.org

᛫ Inspiring people to conserve the natural world.

Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA)

᛫ Pretoria, South Africa

http://lcafrica.org

᛫ Influences business leaders to support investment in conservation.

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

᛫ London, UK

https://www.msc.org

᛫ Promotes sustainable fishing practices.

National Geographic Society (NGS)

᛫ Washington, DC, USA

https://www.nationalgeographic.org

᛫ One of the world’s largest scientific and educational institutions.

Natural Capital Coalition

᛫ London, UK

https://naturalcapitalcoalition.org

᛫ Collaboration of the global natural capital community.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

᛫ Arlington, VA, USA

https://www.nature.org

᛫ Conserves threatened species and their habitats, emphasising land preservation.

Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Environmental Journalism

᛫ Johannesburg, South Africa

https://oxpeckers.org

᛫ Investigative journalists focusing on African environmental issues.

Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA)

᛫ Johannesburg, South Africa

http://www.zoosafrica.com

᛫ Guides and accredits African Zoos and Aquaria.

Peace Parks Foundation

᛫ Stellenbosch, South Africa

http://www.peaceparks.org

᛫ Facilitates the establishment of transfrontier conservation areas.

The Pew Charitable Trusts

᛫ London, UK

http://www.pewtrusts.org

᛫ Advances scientific understanding of environmental problems.

Project Aware

᛫ Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

https://www.projectaware.org

᛫ A movement of scuba divers protecting the planet’s oceans.

Rainforest Alliance

᛫ New York, NY, USA

http://www.rainforest-alliance.org

᛫ Advances sustainable forestry, agriculture, and ecotourism.

Rainforest Trust

᛫ London, UK

https://www.rainforesttrust.org

᛫ Protecting forests by aquiring land for conservation.

Rapid Response Facility (RRF)

᛫ Cambridge, UK

http://www.rapid-response.org

᛫ Provides emergency support to natural World Heritage sites.

Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM)

᛫ Dakar, Senegal

http://www.prcmarine.org

᛫ Working on marine conservation in West Africa.

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

http://www.rspo.org

᛫ Advances sustainable palm oil production.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

᛫ Richmond, Surrey, UK

https://www.kew.org

᛫ A leading botanical research institute with an enormous plant collection.

Rufford Foundation

᛫ London, UK

https://www.rufford.org/​

᛫ Funds conservation projects across the developing world.

Sahara Conservation Fund

᛫ St. Louis, MO, USA

https://www.saharaconservation.org

᛫ Conserves biodiversity of the Sahara Desert and bordering Sahelian grasslands.

SEED

᛫ Berlin, Germany

https://www.seed.uno

᛫ A global partnership that promotes sustainable development.

Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)

Arlington, VA, USA

http://conbio.org

᛫ The leading scientific society for conservation biology.

Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)

᛫ Washington, DC, USA

http://www.ser.org

᛫ Scientific society that promotes ecological restoration.

Species360 (formerly International Species Information System)

᛫ Bloomington, MN, USA

https://www.species360.org

᛫ Gathers and shares information about animals kept in zoos and aquaria.

Tropical Biology Association

᛫ Nairobi, Kenya

http://www.tropical-biology.org

᛫ Help scientists manage and conserve natural resources in tropical regions.

Tusk

᛫ New York, NY, USA

http://www.tusk.org

᛫ Supports and connects conservation initiatives and expertise.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

᛫ Nairobi, Kenya

http://www.unep.org

᛫ Coordinates the UN’s environmental activities.

West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC)

᛫ Accra, Ghana

https://www.wabicc.org

᛫ Improve conservation and climate-resilient growth across West Africa.

Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)

᛫ Zanzibar, Tanzania

http://www.wiomsa.org

᛫ Scientific society that promotes marine sciences.

Wetlands International

᛫ Dakar, Senegal

http://africa.wetlands.org

᛫ Dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands.

Whiteley Fund for Nature

᛫ London, UK

http://whitleyaward.org

᛫ Funds conservation leaders and projects in developing countries.

WildAid

᛫ San Francisco, CA, USA

http://wildaid.org

᛫ Working to end the illegal wildlife trade.

WILDLABS

᛫ Cambridge, UK

https://www.wildlabs.net

᛫ Platform that promotes technology-enabled conservation.

WildLeaks

᛫ Los Angeles, CA, USA

https://wildleaks.org

᛫ An online whistleblower platform for biodiversity crimes.

Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN)

᛫ San Francisco, CA, USA

https://wildnet.org

᛫ Supports community-based conservation projects.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

᛫ Bronx, NY, USA

http://www.wcs.org

᛫ One of the world’s leaders in biodiversity conservation and research.

Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC)

᛫ Cambridge, UK

http://www.traffic.org

᛫ Promotes sustainable wildlife trade and combats wildlife crime.

World Bank

᛫ Washington, DC, USA

http://www.worldbank.org

᛫ Provides loans to developing countries for economic development.

Worldwatch Institute

᛫ Washington DC, USA

http://www.worldwatch.org

᛫ Highlights links between the economy and environment.

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)

᛫ Gland, Switzerland

http://www.waza.org

᛫ Guides, encourages, and supports zoos and aquaria.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

᛫ Cambridge, UK

https://www.unep-wcmc.org

᛫ An UN agency that supports biodiversity assessments and policy.

World Resources Institute (WRI)

᛫ Washington, DC, USA

http://www.wri.org

᛫ Promotes sustainable development with sound environmental management.

World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)

᛫ Gland, Switzerland

https://www.panda.org

᛫ One of the world’s largest conservation organisations.

Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

᛫ London, UK

https://www.zsl.org

᛫ Manages several projects to protect threatened species and ecosystems.

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