Forests of Africa - Forests, Elephants and People
Inform and promote:
The protection of the African forests and the wild animals living there is a central concern of our work. We are committed to this especially in areas of the remaining elephant populations, whose protection we associate with our forest conservation issues.
We are involved in this in three different forest regions:
1. The mountain forests and rainforests of West Kenya / Uganda - The transition zone between dryland forests and rainforests. Here with own project. www.wildlifeandpeople.org
2. The rainforests of Central Africa and the West Coast.
3. The dryland forests of the East.
The African rainforest is the second largest rainforest area on earth. The rainforest in the
Congo Basin alone covers an area of 1.7 million square kilometers, which is five times the size of Germany. And yet this rainforest on the Congo is only a remnant of the former forest landscapes
Much less well-known but still of paramount importance for the survival of countless wildlife and for millions of people are the dry forests of East Africa.
In the transitional area between dry and rainforest, the mountain forests of western Kenya and western Uganda are the remnants of once contiguous forest areas. Here the theme of forest restoration is of particular importance. We work with our project in West Kenya.
Closely linked to our commitment to forests is the protection of wildlife and especially elephants. The number of elephants has fallen from about 10 million since 1900 to just 400,000 today, ie a stock decline of 96%, mostly by poaching and trophy hunting, but also by habitat loss and conflicts with farmers. Even today, about 40,000 elephants are poached annually, so that living elephants could have disappeared from the forests and savannas in a few years.
We believe that conservation can only be sustainably implemented with people living in the region and that protective measures that displace
people from their habitat, for example to create wildlife sanctuaries, are not sustainable and should be replaced by better alternatives. It is morally unacceptable to protect wildlife only in
areas where people live in poverty, without also helping people.
It is therefore the goal of our work to promote primarily organizations and projects that implement conservation together with the population in such a way that both wildlife and the people benefit from it. But above all projects of the indigenous communities themselves.
With our work we inform about the situation in the wilderness regions,
the NGOs or tribal groups working there and on existing or existing projects. We fund various projects and NGOs financially through donation campaigns. We promote them either by change or by
urgency within our means. From us z..Zt. subsidized or future projects for funding are marked accordingly.
If you would like to directly promote a specific project, please contact the organization directly via their website.
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