African People and Wildlife Fund
The African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) builds the capacity of rural Africans to engage in environmental conservation and sustainable livelihood strategies that promote the dual objectives of biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation. At APW, we emphasize the importance of place-based and community-led initiatives that support the collective management of natural resources for the mutual benefit of people and wildlife.
The majority of our staff are African citizens who live and work together with our constituencies – rural Africans living in remote places. With our unique, place-based approach, APW is bringing conservation back to the field.
APW’s theory of Place-Based Conservation posits that by creating a long-term, year-round relationship based on commitment and respectful integration, NGOs can succeed in empowering rural communities to sustainably manage their own resources. Our goal is to help rural Africans to successfully manage their land and wildlife populations while also achieving significant benefits. On the Maasai Steppe, APW applies Place-Based Conservation via an innovative, interconnected four-part approach. Each of our programs demonstrates our step-wise process to:
- Prevent Human-wildlife conflicts
- Build Community capacity to manage natural resources
- Support Active management by the community
- Foster local Conservation incentives (for ecological and/or financial benefit)