African Conservation Foundation

About our NGO partner

The African Conservation Foundation is an award-winning charity focused on protecting Africa’s endangered wildlife and their habitats.

Founded in 1999, ACF was the first organisation focusing on partnering with and building the capacity of grassroots conservation efforts in the region. Through their integrated approach, addressing community development needs, they are tackling the root causes of biodiversity loss.

ACF has supported 40+ NGOs or CBOs and contributed to conservation projects and helped establish new protected areas in 14 African countries.

The mission of the African Conservation Foundation

“We envisage Africa as a continent with large wilderness areas, with core conservation zones and native, abundant wildlife. The aim of the African Conservation Foundation is to halt extinction and restore ecosystems by developing a collaborative network of self-sustaining conservation initiatives that have the skills, knowledge and resources required to address the root causes of environmental degradation

”We cannot move fast enough when it comes to mobilising nature-based solutions to halt the biodiversity and climate crises. Since 1999, ACF has focused on a bottom-up approach, building local capacity for conservation. Together with local partners, we develop holistic landscape project plans that are focused on the socio-ecological regeneration of degraded areas. We combine ecosystem restoration with ecotourism, regenerative agriculture and scaling up nature-based solutions in these regions. In that way we create local ownership and engagement to ensure long term sustainability of projects. By working side by side, we can protect, preserve, and sustain our global heritage for future generations.”

- Arend de Haas, Director, African Conservation Foundation