Institute Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The ICCN is the semi-autonomous government authority charged with the management of protected areas in the DRC. The mandate of the ICCN is to control and patrol these protected areas, to collect and analyse data from the field and to facilitate tourism possibilities where possible. We began our work with the ICCN in Garamba National Park in 2005.
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.
The 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. We have received support from IUCN Save Our Species for emergency support for Akagera and Zakouma during COVID. The African Wildlife Initiative is a partnership between the European Union and IUCN that responds to conservation challenges facing key threatened species in sub-Saharan Africa. It delivers tangible results for species, habitats and people.
The Wildcat Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation whose purpose is to help save and provide for the long-term conservation of endangered wildlife and wild places in Africa. It believes traditional wildlife protection paradigms are inadequate to deal with today’s poaching and trafficking problems, and it seeks and supports innovative new approaches. The Wildcat Foundation has provided critical support to African Parks for law enforcement and anti-poaching efforts in Garamba, Pendjari, Liwonde and Nkhotakota.
Donna and Marvin Schwartz
Donna and Marvin Schwartz are extraordinary advocates for conservation and animal-related causes. They have a special interest and strong commitment to saving elephants and other large species that are threatened by poaching. In 2017, their funding provided critical anti-poaching support for African Parks’ parks throughout Central Africa.
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.
With 189 member countries, staff from more 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.
The Walton Family Foundation
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 strategically supports the African Parks portfolio.
Randgold’s exploration strategy is based on the discovery of world class orebodies within the major greenstone belts of West and Central Africa. Randgold operates five gold mines in three African countries – Loulo, Gounkoto and Morila in Mali; Tongon in Côte d’Ivoire and Kibali in the DRC. Randgold is committed to creating lasting benefits for its host countries and the communities around its operations, ensuring that the exploitation of a host country’s natural resources improves the lives of all stakeholders.
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