African Wildlife Capital (AWC) is Africa’s first investment vehicle for conservation enterprise
Based on its early success, both in financial and conservation impact terms, it is now working to significantly scale its capital base and investment portfolio across the continent.
AWC is a Mauritius based collaboration between Conservation Capital and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), the oldest and largest international conservation organisation focused only on Africa. It was conceived in the following context:
Africa’s natural capital is vital to its social and economic wellbeing, but is under significant threat;
Traditional resources for conservation funding are insufficient and creative and more sustainable new responses are required;
Africa has a rapidly growing and increasingly sophisticated SME economy; but it lacks access to strategic development finance;
While this economic growth is a significant threat, it is also the basis of a major opportunity;
African Wildlife Capital has built a team through Conservation Capital and AWF with significant experience in designing, developing and transforming businesses as meaningful conservation enterprises;
African Wildlife Capital’s investment model is far more efficient and sustainable than the grant-based approaches that have traditionally dominated this sector.
CASE STUDY: Innovations in Conservation Agriculture around High-value Natural Landscapes: Tanzania and Zambia
Improvements in agricultural production have become one of the most important conservation priorities for Africa, and an area where strategically targeted investment finance can play a significant role. Read More....
CASE STUDY: New Conservation Economies: Pioneering Conservation Tourism in Ethiopia’s National Parks
Financing the first two eco-lodges in Ethiopia’s national parks system and developing a national protected area tourism strategy incorporating global best practice in conservation tourism. Read More....
CASE STUDY: Democratizing Nature: New Conservation Tourism Products for Domestic African Markets
As international nature tourism grows, more opportunities must be created for domestic markets to access their own natural assets in order to strengthen local support for conservation. Read More....
CASE STUDY: Cows for Conservation? Solving the Domestic Livestock Conundrum in East Africa’s Savannah Landscapes
In much of East Africa, the best remaining opportunities for wildlife exist on land inhabited by semi-nomadic pastoralists whose cultures and livelihoods revolve around livestock. Read More....
CASE STUDY: Innovative Financial Incentives for Tourism: Linking Cost of Investment Capital to Conservation Performance
Developing a pioneering interest rebate mechanism linked to development of new conservation areas across Africa with related local economic and social benefits. Read More....
CASE STUDY: Next Generation Financing for Namibia’s Community Conservancy Movement
Commercial finance is being used to diversify and strengthen the economics of Namibia’s pioneering community-based conservation movement. Read More....