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TUT's Adventurers Club
May 2010 'Gifts From The Universe' Project:
African Wildlife Foundation
Working together with the people of Africa to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever…
One Dollar at a Time!
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is the leading international conservation organization focused solely on Africa. They believe that protecting Africa’s wildlife and wild landscapes is the key to the future prosperity of Africa and its people – and for over forty-five years they have made it their work to help ensure that Africa’s wild resources endure.
AWF History in Brief
For thousands of years, the wildlife and people of Africa co-existed in balance. In the 20th century, however, wildlife faced escalating pressure from a growing human population and its effects. From habitat destruction to the spread of disease to overhunting... the balance was upset.
In 1961, African Wildlife Leadership Foundation, Inc. was founded at the height of the African Independence movement to help newly independent African nations and people conserve their own wildlife.
Empowering the African People
Who better to protect their land and resources than Africans themselves? Living on the land they strive to protect, Africans are in touch with both its potential and its challenges. They have witnessed the draw of tourists to their land and they have come face-to-face with the sometimes destructive consequences of sharing land with Africa’s wildlife.
Empowering Africans to be Africa’s stewards is at the core of their strategy. Approximately 80 percent of their staff are African.
A Unique Continent, A Distinctive Conservation Approach
AWF believes that a continent as unique as Africa requires a unique approach to conservation. It is simply not enough to develop initiatives to protect single species or conserve individual pieces of land. They look at the whole picture. How do people and wildlife live together and how do they clash? How will the well-being of local people be affected by conservation efforts?
At AWF, they approach all of their work at the “landscape level” – that is to say, they look at large landscapes and within these landscapes they implement a variety of efforts that conserve land, protect species, and empower people.
To learn more about African Wildlife Foundation, please visit their website: http://awf.org
As part of our TUT's Adventurers Club mission, we have chosen the African Wildlife Foundation as our adoptive organization for the month. To reach our collaborative goal of support for them, please donate a dollar or more now at the link below.