Conserving Biodiversity
August 5 2015

Conserving Biodiversity

CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY

“It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for - the whole thing - rather than just one or two stars.”  David Attenborough

Neither humans, nor lions, can survive in isolation; both are reliant on functional ecosystems. As such, we seek to engage in activities that conserve all of Africa’s wild species, and the ecosystems within which they live and on which we rely.

ALERT also recognizes that biodiversity and human well-being are intrinsically linked. Biodiversity contributes to essential aspects of our daily lives; food and energy provision, security, and clean water, as well as providing for recreational and cultural activities.  Biodiversity provides resistance to natural disasters and the spread of zoonotic diseases, and may be the source of as yet undiscovered foods and medicines. 

Programmes include:

Large mammal conservation projects in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Burundi include hyena, leopards, cheetah, wild dogs, elephants and chimpanzees. Additionally, a grant was made to help fund a study of sable habitat selection in Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe

Our forest management project in Dambwa, Zambia includes a carbon dynamic monitoring, a reforestation project, as well as work to reduce the community’s reliance on the Forest’s natural resources.

An entomological survey in Zambezi & Victoria Falls National Parks, Zimbabwe will soon be expanded to Zambia to assesses insect diversity, a vital component of any ecosystem.

A national park management assistance project in Zimbabwe assists with vegetation mapping, invasive alien species removal, road repairs and assisting with fire management.

Collecting data on birds for the Southern Africa Bird Atlas, and a monitoring programme on vultures for BirdWatch Zambia

We are pleased to be partnered with many organizations in these efforts including:

  • Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority
  • Zambia Wildlife Authority
  • Zambia Forestry Department
  • Dambwa Trust
  • Burundi Ministry of Water, Environment, Land Management & Urban Planning
  • Burundi Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Posts and Tourism
  • Antelope Park
  • Lion Encounter
  • African Impact
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