The Government of Benin signed an agreement with African Parks in May 2017 to revitalise, rehabilitate, and develop Pendjari National Park and in June 2020 for W National Park. The revitalisation of these parks is one of 45 flagship projects of the “Revealing Benin” national investment programme announced by the Presidency of the Republic of Benin in December 2016. The Minster of the Living Environment and Sustainable Development (Ministère du Cadre de Vie et du Développement Durable), José Tonato, the Director-General of the National Centre of Management of Reserves and Protected areas (CENAGREF), Ferdinand Kidjo, and Edmond Toli, the Managing Director of the National Agency for the Promotion of Heritage and the Development of Tourism, have played an instrumental role in this partnership.
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The Wyss Foundation
The Wyss Foundation is a private charitable foundation dedicated to supporting innovative, lasting solutions that improve lives, empower communities, and strengthen connections to the land. The Wyss Foundation support was instrumental to lion reintroduction at Akagera in 2015 and for the elephant translocation in Malawi in 2016. The Foundation recently made a ground-breaking commitment of US$65 million to provide catalytic funding in the form of challenge grants for five new parks, as well as continued support for Liwonde, Majete and Nkhotakota (the Malawi Parks) and Akagera over the next five years.
The West African Savannah Foundation "FSOA"
The West African Savannah Foundation "FSOA" is an environmental trust fund for the West Africa subregion that aims at sustainable financing of biodiversity conservation, protection and natural heritage management.
Its main objective is to initially contribute to the financing of activities in the savanna ecosystems of northern Benin and eventually to be able to provide financial support for the conservation and sustainable management of the entire WAP Cross-border Complex including Pendjari National Parks and W in Benin, and Arly National Park of Arly and W in Burkina Faso.
The Wildcat Foundation
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, Liwonde and Nkhotakota.
The Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF) endeavours to close ivory markets around the world, reduce demand for ivory, and improve law enforcement against poachers and traffickers to improve elephants’ chances for survival. The ECF identifies and supports the most effective projects and partners in Africa and in ivory consuming nations, and exists to fuel their efforts, encourage collaboration, and deliver rapid impact on the ground. Launched by Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the ECF has supported 163 projects by 53 partners in 31 countries across Africa and around the world.
The Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) aims to strengthen the management of protected areas and support local communities around them who live with lions. Launched by the Wildlife Conservation Network and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the LRF drives investment to game-changing actions by the most effective, vetted partners who work collaboratively to bring lions back.
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