The AKCI strongly believes that conservation in Africa must be undertaken at several levels – government policy, on-ground applied conservation and local community. Part of the AKCI local community program is to increase awareness of the potential benefits of conservation. And rather than simply pinning the term ‘benefit’ to financial returns from tourism and direct stewardship payments, AKCI is also developing programs for communities to know how to better manage their current assets in a rapidly changing world. These assets are the land and food produced on that land, including livestock. So the benefits to the community will be linked to improving management of the ecosystems of which AKCI and the local communities are a part. Programs will include:

  • Applied grazing management, where traditional grazing systems no longer exist
  • How to better protect livestock against  predators
  • Conservation & wildlife training for interested youth, to gear them to work in the field