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Africa’s wild places face a myriad of increasing threats, such as expanding human populations, commercial agriculture, land conversion and the extraction of minerals and hydrocarbons.
FFI’s Africa programme covers a wide range of conservation landscapes and critical habitats in sub-Saharan countries. We are focusing on using innovative models to secure intact areas of land for conservation in the long term. These include forests and wetlands and wilderness areas sufficiently large to maintain viability of large mammal populations, the integrity of ecosystems and the resources they supply to local people.
The success of many of our projects is based on the catalytic value of flagship species, from gorillas and rhinos to bats and frogs.
Working in several post-conflict countries in Africa, FFI is continuing to help rebuild and reinforce conservation capacity and governance needed by national authorities. We are working with the private sector and local organisations from national to village level.
Our projects aim to generate the incentives to local communities for sustainable use of sensitive habitats and species, and mechanisms to support the management of communal areas of land, coast and sea.