More About Leadership for Conservation in Africa
The Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA) was initiated in August 2006 by the South African National Parks (SANParks), Gold Fields Limited and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It has since been actively involved in 16 African countries.
The LCA recognises that the local communities bordering on parks and reserves are crucial stakeholders to ensure the long-term protection and survival of such eco-systems. On the other hand these communities, who normally live in very remote rural areas, are very often the poorest of the poor.
There is huge pressure and high expectations on the custodians of parks and reserves to contribute significantly towards the livelihood strategies of the local communities, while such parks can hardly sustain themselves.
Special efforts are therefore made by the National LCA Chapters to involve the local communities, but also to influence socio-economic development within the buffer-zones of these parks – and to find ways to enhance the livelihood strategies of these communities.
The LCA currently has chapters in The Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Ghana and Burkina Faso.
Through the Edu-Conservation project we are also working to establish a formal educational curriculum that aims to equip the younger generation to better influence the actions of society, businesses and government to benefit conservation.
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