Conservation by, with and for communities is what community-based conservation is all about. We support the development of new approaches and institutions that achieve community-based management, strengthen capacity, and coordinate conservation activities among players.
In addition to being magnificent animals that are in serious decline, elephants and lions play crucial roles in the way that their ecosystem functions. By focusing conservation efforts on these two keystone species, we have an opportunity to support the ecological and genetic viability of all other species in the ecosystem as well. ACC programs use science and indigenous knowledge to understand how these complex ecosystems function. Through their bioinformatics programs, they provide the information and mechanisms to help stakeholders make informed conservation decisions.
We invest in communities living with wildlife to ensure they have the information and tools to continue to coexist with wildlife in a changing world. By supporting communities as they develop ecotourism businesses, nature-based products, crafts, rangeland and wildlife management methods, and cultural heritage & environmental education programs, we can improve livelihoods and save wildlife.