African Parks is very grateful to all contributors for their continued support, from those who have made invaluable financial contributions, to those who have donated their time as volunteers. It is not possible to mention all of those people and institutions by name, and some have asked to remain anonymous. The following, listed by category of contribution, are individuals and/or organisations who have concluded agreements and or made contributions in 2011 and 2012. Only contributions in excess of $100,000 are mentioned here.
These funders constitute our core funding partners at either an institutional or a park level. They commit to African Parks on a multi-year basis and are contributing an annual amount of $500,000 or more to African Parks.
The Dutch Postcode Lottery is a Netherlands charitable lottery that supports 89 charity organisations worldwide. The Dutch Postcode Lottery has contributed €4.5 million for the period 2010 - 2014 for African Parks' portfolio funding. This contribution is not ear-marked for any specific project, allowing African Parks to allocate it where it is needed most.
The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), acting as implementing agency for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has provided a grant of $7m to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Part of this funding is to support the rehabilitation of the Garamba National park as well as other parks. The Congolese Wildlife Authority (ICCN) manages the portion of the grant that is earmarked for the support of National Parks. The total financial support from this funding is $2.1m to Garamba over the period 2011-2013.
Stichting African Parks Foundation (SAPF) is the proprietary funding body of African Parks. It is a charitable foundation established in the Netherlands, with the primary objective of ensuring the long term integrity of some of Africa's national parks. The bulk of funds available from SAPF were made available by Paul Fentener van Vlissingen who was an international businessman and philanthropist and was one of the founders of African Parks. SAPF contributed $1.7 million in 2012 towards African Park's overhead costs and portfolio funding.
The European Union is an economic and political partnership between 27 countries. The EU is our strategic funding partner in Garamba, Zakouma and Odzala. The EU committed €5 million towards Garamba National Park in the DRC over the period 2009 - 2013 which equates to an annual contribution of €1.25 million. It further committed €6.9 million towards Zakouma National Park in Chad over the period 2011 - 2015 which equates to an annual contribution of €1.38 million and €5 million towards Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo over the period 2012 - 2017 which equates to an annual contribution of €1 million.
RAPAC is the protected area network of Central Africa, an intergovernmental institution supported by the European Union. RAPAC supports Odzala with a contribution of €1.8 million for the period 2011 - 2013.
The Adessium Foundation is a grant-making foundation working towards the benefit of nature and society. Adessium Foundation contributed €1.05 million between 2010 - 2013 towards new project development, special projects and unanticipated events across the entire African Parks portfolio. A total of €337,500 was received during 2012 for the African Parks portfolio fund. In addition, Adessium is also a strategic funding partner in Liuwa Plain National Park to which it committed €300,000 in 2012.
The World Wide Fund for Nature is a global independent conservation organisation that work towards the protection of the diversity of life and the ecosystems that support them. WWF - The Netherlands provides financial support of €2 million over a 3 year period (2011 - 2014) which is committed to the core running costs of Liuwa Plain National Park, Bangweulu Wetlands and Odzala National Park. This equates to a total annual commitment of €666,666.
The African Parks Endowment Fund has a number of sub-accounts, each dedicated to a specific cause. Paul Fentener van Vlissingen posthumously donated €25 million towards the fund which generates approximately $718,275 for the annual overhead costs of African Parks.
The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) is a philanthropic organisation with a strong focus on conservation and biodiversity protection. The WFF donated a total of $2.5 million to Akagera National Park in Rwanda for the period 2010 - 2014. This relates to an annual contribution of $500,000.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is an agency with the mission of conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the people. The US Fish and Willdife Service have committed $115,000 for the rapid response team at Zakouma; $125,000 for anti-poaching operations at Garamba and $300,000 for aircraft usage for biodiversity monitoring and gorilla habituation at Odzala for the period of the end of 2013, beginning of 2014.
These institutions and individuals generously contribute more than $100,000 annually in funding to African Parks, substantially supporting our conservation work.
The Spanish Government, through its various conservation agencies, provided $145,000 towards Garamba National Park in 2012. Programmes supported included conservation, community and infrastructure activities.
The Global Environment Facility, through the United Nations Development Programme, committed $634,000 towards Bangweulu Wetland in Zambia for the period 2010 - 2011. A total of $330,000 was received during 2011.
The Rwanda Development Board is African Parks' government partner in the management of Akagera National Park in Rwanda. Akagera is unique among the African Parks' portfolio of parks in that it is the only park where the government contributes financially to the management costs of the park. The RDB covers some salaries to the value of an annual amount of $250,000.
The RDB made a further contribution by constructing a 120km fence on the western boundary of Akagera.
WCS is an international conservation society founded in 1895. They currently manage wild places across the world with about 500 field conservation projects in over 60 countries. WCS support Zakouma National Park through the provision of an aircraft, a pilot and all aircraft maintenance and fuel valued at approximately $100,000.
These institutions and individuals generously contribute in kind to African Parks, substantially supporting our conservation work.
Bowman Gilfillan is one of Africa’s premier corporate law firms. Bowman Gilfillan advises clients throughout Africa and has offices in five countries on the continent – Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Bowman Gilfillan provides African Parks with pro bono legal advice.