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16.1: Selected Environmental Organisations

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    Online search engines such as Google provide powerful tools to obtain information about conservation topics and opportunities. While much of the information obtained in this way is valuable, the growing popularity of the Internet has also allowed the rapid distribution of false and misleading information. You should, thus, carefully consider the source of the information you obtain online.

    Similarly, it is also important to thoroughly research any conservation organizations with whom you are interested in working with. This task is particularly difficult in Africa, where most organizations have not yet been assessed for their effectiveness in carrying out conservation activities. As a starting point, you can see whether the organization that interests you is a member of an international affiliate body, such as the IUCN or World Association for Zoos and Aquariums, which sets strict standards for organizational memberships. Online databases such as GuideStar (, Charity Navigator (, Better Business Bureau (, and Great Nonprofits ( are also good options for organization vetting.

    Below is a partial list of credible conservation organizations active on a regional scale in Africa.

    Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG)


    Washington, DC, USA



    Tackles conservation challenges by strengthening collaborations.

    African Conservation Foundation (ACF)


    Nairobi, Kenya and Yaoundé, Cameroon



    Saves Africa’s endangered wildlife by building local capacity.

    African World Heritage Fund


    Midrand, South Africa



    Works to protect Africa’s World Heritage Sites.

    African Parks


    Johannesburg, South Africa



    Manages protected areas in collaboration with governments and communities.

    African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)


    Nairobi, Kenya



    Works to ensure that wildlife and wild lands thrive.

    Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS)


    Kampala, Uganda



    Promotes biodiversity conservation in the Albertine Rift region.

    Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC)


    Lawrence, KS, USA



    Fosters scientific understanding and conservation of tropical environments.

    BirdLife International


    Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana



    Strives to conserve birds and their habitats, with national partners across Africa.

    Born Free Foundation


    Horsham, UK



    Protects threatened species in the wild.

    Botanical Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)


    Nairobi, Kenya



    Guides, encourages, and supports botanical gardens.

    Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI)


    Cambridge, UK



    A partnership of conservation leaders working towards a sustainable future.

    Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


    Yaoundé, Cameroon and Nairobi, Kenya



    Conducts research on forests and landscape management.

    CGIAR (formerly Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research)


    Montpellier, France



    The world’s largest agricultural innovation network.

    CITES Secretariat of Wild Fauna and Flora


    Geneva, Switzerland



    The official UN body tasked with regulating the global trade in endangered species.

    Conservation International (CI)


    Arlington, VA, USA



    Saves nature through science, policy, and partnerships.

    Conservation Leadership Programme


    Cambridge, UK



    Supports leadership development of early career conservationists.

    Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat


    Montreal, Canada



    The official UN body tasked with promoting the goals of the CBD.

    Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)


    Arlington, VA, USA



    Provides financial and technical support to conserve critical ecosystems.

    Darwin Initiative


    London, UK



    Assists developing countries implement biodiversity convention commitments.

    Earthwatch Institute


    Boston, MA, USA



    Helps citizen scientists contribute to field conservation projects.

    East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS)


    Nairobi, Kenya



    Promotes conservation and sustainable use of the environment.

    EcoHealth Alliance


    New York, NY, USA



    Studies connections between humans, wildlife, and ecosystems.

    The Environmental Foundation for Africa (EFA)


    Freetown, Sierra Leone



    Protects and restores the environment in West Africa.

    Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)


    London, UK



    Activist organization focussed on exposing environmental crimes.

    Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)


    Eugene, OR, USA



    Helps partners gain skills and build strong conservation organizations.

    Fauna & Flora International (FFI)


    Cambridge, UK



    Africa’s first conservation society; has been protecting African wildlife since 1903.

    FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology


    Cape Town, South Africa



    Promotes and undertakes scientific studies on African birds.

    Forest Carbon Partnership Facility


    Washington. DC



    Assist countries with their REDD+ preparations to reduce emissions from forest loss.

    Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)


    Bonn, Germany



    Sets the standards for responsibly managed forests.

    Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS)


    Frankfurt, Germany



    Maintains wilderness areas and biodiversity.

    Future for Nature


    Arnhem, The Netherlands



    Provides mentoring and other assistance to young conservationists.

    Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA)


    Johannesburg, South Africa



    Provides support, networks, and representation for rangers.

    Global Environment Facility (GEF)


    Washington, DC, USA



    Provide grants for biodiversity and sustainable development projects.

    Global Forest Watch (GFW)


    Washington, DC, USA



    Empower people to better protect forests.

    Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC)


    Austin, TX, USA



    Protects species and habitats through science-based field action.

    Goldman Environmental Foundation


    San Francisco, CA, USA



    Recognises environmental activists who have made an impact.

    Greenpeace Africa


    Johannesburg, South Africa



    Activist organization known for protests against environmental crime

    High Seas Alliance


    Washington, DC, USA



    Facilitates cooperation for protection of high seas.

    ICLEI Africa


    Cape Town, South Africa



    A network of governments committed to sustainable urban development.

    International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)


    Nairobi, Kenya and Cape Town, South Africa



    Rescues and protects animals around the world.

    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)


    Geneva, Switzerland



    The UN’s authority on climate change.

    Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)


    Bonn, Germany



    The UN’s authority on nature’s contributions to people (NCP), or ecosystem services.

    The International Ecotourism Society (TIES)


    Washington, DC, USA



    Promotes responsible tourism practices.

    International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)


    London, UK



    Promotes sustainable development to protect the environment.

    International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


    Ibadan, Nigeria



    Works to enhance crop quality and productivity.

    International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)


    Yokohama, Japan



    Promotes sustainable management of tropical forest resources.

    International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


    Gland, Switzerland



    Coordinates international conservation efforts and produces Red Lists.

    International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL)


    Lyon, France



    Facilitate prosecution of international environmental crimes.



    London, UK



    A membership organization for sustainability standards.

    Jane Goodall Institute


    Vienna, VA, USA



    Inspiring people to conserve the natural world.

    Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA)


    Pretoria, South Africa



    Influences business leaders to support investment in conservation.

    Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


    London, UK



    Promotes sustainable fishing practices.

    National Geographic Society (NGS)


    Washington, DC, USA



    One of the world’s largest scientific and educational institutions.

    Natural Capital Coalition


    London, UK



    Collaboration of the global natural capital community.

    The Nature Conservancy (TNC)


    Arlington, VA, USA



    Conserves threatened species and their habitats, emphasising land preservation.

    Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Environmental Journalism


    Johannesburg, South Africa



    Investigative journalists focusing on African environmental issues.

    Pan-African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA)


    Johannesburg, South Africa



    Guides and accredits African Zoos and Aquaria.

    Peace Parks Foundation


    Stellenbosch, South Africa



    Facilitates the establishment of transfrontier conservation areas.

    The Pew Charitable Trusts


    London, UK



    Advances scientific understanding of environmental problems.

    Project Aware


    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA



    A movement of scuba divers protecting the planet’s oceans.

    Rainforest Alliance


    New York, NY, USA



    Advances sustainable forestry, agriculture, and ecotourism.

    Rainforest Trust


    London, UK



    Protecting forests by aquiring land for conservation.

    Rapid Response Facility (RRF)


    Cambridge, UK



    Provides emergency support to natural World Heritage sites.

    Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM)


    Dakar, Senegal



    Working on marine conservation in West Africa.

    Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)


    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



    Advances sustainable palm oil production.

    Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


    Richmond, Surrey, UK



    A leading botanical research institute with an enormous plant collection.

    Rufford Foundation


    London, UK



    Funds conservation projects across the developing world.

    Sahara Conservation Fund


    St. Louis, MO, USA



    Conserves biodiversity of the Sahara Desert and bordering Sahelian grasslands.



    Berlin, Germany



    A global partnership that promotes sustainable development.

    Society for Conservation Biology (SCB)


    Arlington, VA, USA



    The leading scientific society for conservation biology.

    Society for Ecological Restoration (SER)


    Washington, DC, USA



    Scientific society that promotes ecological restoration.

    Species360 (formerly International Species Information System)


    Bloomington, MN, USA



    Gathers and shares information about animals kept in zoos and aquaria.

    Tropical Biology Association


    Nairobi, Kenya



    Help scientists manage and conserve natural resources in tropical regions.



    New York, NY, USA



    Supports and connects conservation initiatives and expertise.

    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


    Nairobi, Kenya



    Coordinates the UN’s environmental activities.

    West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change (WA BiCC)


    Accra, Ghana



    Improve conservation and climate-resilient growth across West Africa.

    Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)


    Zanzibar, Tanzania



    Scientific society that promotes marine sciences.

    Wetlands International


    Dakar, Senegal



    Dedicated to the conservation and restoration of wetlands.

    Whiteley Fund for Nature


    London, UK



    Funds conservation leaders and projects in developing countries.



    San Francisco, CA, USA



    Working to end the illegal wildlife trade.



    Cambridge, UK



    Platform that promotes technology-enabled conservation.



    Los Angeles, CA, USA



    An online whistleblower platform for biodiversity crimes.

    Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN)


    San Francisco, CA, USA



    Supports community-based conservation projects.

    Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)


    Bronx, NY, USA



    One of the world’s leaders in biodiversity conservation and research.

    Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC)


    Cambridge, UK



    Promotes sustainable wildlife trade and combats wildlife crime.

    World Bank


    Washington, DC, USA



    Provides loans to developing countries for economic development.

    Worldwatch Institute


    Washington DC, USA



    Highlights links between the economy and environment.

    World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)


    Gland, Switzerland



    Guides, encourages, and supports zoos and aquaria.

    World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)


    Cambridge, UK



    An UN agency that supports biodiversity assessments and policy.

    World Resources Institute (WRI)


    Washington, DC, USA



    Promotes sustainable development with sound environmental management.

    World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)


    Gland, Switzerland



    One of the world’s largest conservation organizations.

    Zoological Society of London (ZSL)


    London, UK



    Manages several projects to protect threatened species and ecosystems.

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