Central African Republic Ministry of Water, Forestry, Hunting and Fishing
The Ministry of Water and Forestry, Hunting and Fishing retains primary responsibility for sustainable management of forest resources, including oversight of commercial forestry operations and management of the national parks of the CAR. We began our work with the Ministry of Water and Forestry, Hunting and Fishing in Chinko in 2014.
Fondation Segré is a Swiss foundation established in 1996 that is committed to help protect the biodiversity of our planet through the conservation of threatened species and their habitat and the restoration of degraded ecosystems. Fondation Segré became a strategic funding partner of African Parks in 2016 and has supported the Chinko Project, Zakouma National Park, Bangweulu Wetlands, Bazaruto Archipelago National Park and Odzala-Kokoua. To date, they have provided over US$3 million.
The Rob and Melani Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation has a philanthropic focus on conservation and biodiversity protection. The foundation has supported African Parks since 2010, providing critical start-up funding for Akagera, and helped enable our work more generally. The Walton Family Foundation’s most recent commitment of US$5 million grant over five years to continue to strategically grow the African Parks portfolio.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) operates to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. USFWS have provided grants to support our anti-poaching programmes in Chinko, Garamba, Odzala-Kokoua, and Zakouma. In 2017 USFWS, alongside USAID, continued to support the management and protection of Garamba and Chinko protected areas in Central Africa, as well as our work with WWF in the Sangha Tri-National and Northern Congo Forest Landscape and provided additional support for elephant surveillance in Zakouma.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
The United State Agency for International Development (USAID) operates the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment with the aim of conserving the ecological integrity of the Congo Basin Forest for the benefit of the local people and the global community, while protecting the resource base for future generations. USAID awarded African Parks a US$10 million cooperative agreement for the core park management of Garamba and Chinko (2016-2020) and an additional $10 million to support community engagement and alternative livelihoods, in collaboration with African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Levin Sources. African Parks also participates in the Community Resiliency in Central Africa (CRCA) which supports the vulnerable communities surrounding the parks, as a sub-awardee to Invisible Children.
European Union Bêkou Trust Fund
The European Union (EU) has been a strategic funding partner in Central Africa, providing anchor funding for Garamba, Zakouma and Odzala-Kokoua. Under the 11th European Development Fund, the EU has committed €20 million towards the Greater Garamba area for the period 2016-2020 and €10 million towards the Greater Zakouma area from 2017-2021. The Bêkou Trust Fund for CAR has also made a €1.5 million commitment to Chinko.
Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF)
Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF), an initiative funded by Save the Elephants and Wildlife Conservation Network, in collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation: a flexible and responsive fund focused on emergency assistance and support for the innovative efforts of NGOs – large and small - and government to combat the poaching, trafficking and ivory. Since 2016, ECF has provided over US$800,000 for catalytic projects across the African Parks portfolio, including Zakouma, Chinko, Garamba, Pendjari and Odzala.
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