The Presidency of the Republic of Benin entered into a long-term partnership with African Parks in May 2017 to revitalise, rehabilitate and develop Pendjari National Park, one of the largest remaining protected reserves in West and Central Africa. The revitalisation of Pendjari National Park is one of the 45 flagship projects of the "Revealing Benin" national investment programme, announced by the Presidency of the Republic of Benin in December 2016.
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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 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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