Securing Africa’s vast array of semi-protected areas

Bhargava Srivari
Grantee Conservation Capital
Type Conservation Planning
Location Africa-wide
Grant Amount $163,000
Duration 14 months

Intact ecosystems represent a source of present and future wealth for society. Africa has an extensive protected area network that contributes substantially to ecosystem function, landscape connectivity, biodiversity conservation, provision of ecosystem services and economic opportunities for rural communities. Large tracts of this network are, however, under imminent threat of being lost. Much of the network is comprised of ‘semi-protected areas’ (i.e. not national parks). These semi-protected areas are concessions managed by private sector operators for sustainable utilization. Many of these areas have been gradually falling into a state of disrepair due to under-investment and are standing vacant and becoming gradually depleted of wildlife. Conservation Capital is working on a plan to help revitalize these areas through attracting conservation investment.