The Nature Conservancy’s vision for Africa is rooted in its people, who have not always been at the table during planning for a sustainable future. Our success depends on involving local communities.
Why? The vast majority of Africa’s lands and waters are community property — shared resources that sustain some of the world's most iconic wildlife and most vulnerable people. Moreover, most of the wildlife lives or migrates beyond park and reserve boundaries onto these communal lands and waters.
Our conservation approach everywhere we work — projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Gabon, Seychelles, and to #SaveElephants — focuses on helping local communities, governments, and organizations conserve and enhance Africa's critical shared resources.
Find out more about how you can join us in this important work.
Latest News & Features
NBC News correspondent Harry Smith spoke with TNC Kenya Program Director Munira Bashir about the role community-based conservation can play in keeping elephants safe.
A trip to Randilen Community Wildlife Management Area reveals how reserving grass for times of drought is important for livestock and wildlife.
Learn more about what you helped us achieve this year in our 2016 Year in Review.
We're working to protect Kenya's delicate marine ecosystem while improving livelihoods for the fishermen who depend on it.
Hear from people who benefit from the Tuungane Project, which addresses the area's unique interconnected challenges to create healthier families, fisheries and forests.
See a selection of photographs by TNC Africa Council volunteer leader Ken Coe.
A Samburu pastoralist explains that a grazing agreement with Loisaba ensures his cows can find grass during drought, and how illegal grazing can disrupt this balance.
The Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund allows urban water users to invest in upstream watershed conservation efforts for the benefit of farmers, businesses and more than 9 million Kenyans who depend on the Tana River for their fresh water.
See how our groundbreaking Tuungane project in Tanzania is uniting conservation and human health.
- March 17, 2017
- The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation Grants 160 Million Shillings in Support of Upper Tana-Nairobi Water Fund
- September 10, 2016
- Ndakaini Team Champions Mix Work and Training in Bid to Win Again
- August 17, 2016
- South Africa’s First Water Fund - Securing Water for Cape Town
- March 03, 2016
- Great Elephant Census Results in Zambia Optimistic but Strong Protection Efforts Still Needed
- February 08, 2016
- New Genus Cryptomyrus - ‘Hidden Fish’- Described for Two New Electric Fish Species Discovered in Gabon
- December 14, 2015
- China Corporation Tencent in Kenya to Help Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade