CWC Project Africa

Building the Conservation Economy

Africa’s vast remaining wilderness areas are under serious threat from human encroachment, mining, industrial agriculture, degradation and climate change. Conversely, their neighbouring communities are often faced with poverty and unemployment.


The Department of Environmental Affairs defines a wildlife economy as one which is centred on, “the socio-economic benefits of eco-tourism, co-managed conservation areas and ancillary services to protected areas.”

A Conservation Economy is built on our wildlife and biodiversity assets. If our wild places are managed responsibly they offer a variety of employment opportunities (including zoology, conservation, eco-tourism, hunting, agriculture and all secondary activities) thereby contributing to poverty reduction and economic growth.


CWC Project Africa seeks to to convert Africa’s community land surrounding national parks into Community Wilderness Conservancies (CWC’s), which will represent an extension of the existing National Park Ecosystems. CWC Africa seeks to protect these areas from encroaching development, whilst creating sustainable and conservation-based revenue streams for the local communities and other stakeholders.

CWC Africa has already identified 6 million hectares of landscapes, with a focus on community reserves adjoining National and Provincial Parks in Sub Saharan Africa.

I want to help

Please help us to conserve these areas, and the precious remaining flora and fauna within, whilst developing sustainable revenue streams for the local communities. Rather than a top-down approach, our development model is about working with communities; so that they may take responsibility and become guardians and custodians of these protected areas. 

African Conservation Trust is a fully registered non-profit, public benefit organisation which is audited annually. Please contact us should you require a S18(a) donation certificate (SA donors only). To donate via EFT to the dedicated CWC Africa bank account, please use the following details:

Account Name: African Conservation Trust

Bank: First National Bank (FNB)

Branch: Hayfields

Branch Code: 221425

Account No: 62458740430

SWIFT code: FIRNZAJJ (international donations only)

Deposit Reference: Please include your full name to help us accurately record your donation

Feel free to contact us for more information.

African Conservation Trust and partners have decades of experience in implementing socio-economic development initiatives and is B-BBEE Level One accredited. Speak to us about partnering in poverty alleviation and community sustainability initiatives.

Download the CWC Project Africa Profile.

If you are a non-profit or conservation entity and would like to  collaborate, please drop us an email.

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