African Parks

African Parks is a non-profit organisation that takes total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. Their approach combines world-class conservation practice with business expertise. Emphasis is placed on achieving financial sustainability of the parks by combining long-term donor funding with tourism revenues, related business enterprise and payment for ecosystem services. All these inputs serve as a foundation for economic development and poverty alleviation. It is their belief that making wildlife parks socially and economically viable, particularly for the benefit of local communities, will contribute to their survival in the face of competing forms of land use. African Parks' efforts have breathed new life into some of the most dire wildlife situations in Africa. African Parks currently manages seven parks in six African countries - Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Zambia. The total area under management covers 4.1 million hectares.

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