Project information

Africa Needs Lions

The challenges facing lions can most effectively be met by uniting community and policy makers with conservation managers, researchers and business leaders. In doing so we can make the best decisions for Africa’s people, its environment and its wildlife.

Ongoing

Charity information: African Lion & Environmental Research Trust

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  • Need

    Need

    African lion populations might still exist in theoretical numbers to support their conservation status as “vulnerable” by IUCN standards. But analyses of population structure, geographical fragmentation, risks from inbreeding depression and subsequent loss of evolutionary potential, and probable/actual disease threats, provide many additional causes of concern for the long-term viability of this species.

    Solution

    ALERT, while supporting international recommendations, will also be a demanding proponent for relevant African solutions. After all, it is our wildlife heritage, our need to protect and conserve, and our solutions that will be relevant to how African wildlife populations are responsibly managed in the future.

    We are convinced this is the only positive way forward.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Work with African lion range states towards sound conservation management

    Activities

    » carefully assess their commitment to the survival of the African lion balancing human population demands against wildlife conservation needs
    » decide where to conserve lion populations with designated buffer zones or fences to provide secondary levels of protection
    » monitoring the numbers of lions within their borders
    » committed to locally relevant lion conservation programs and report on the objectives, methods and effectiveness of such actions in a transparent way

    Demonstrable commitment to lion conservation through e.g. the development of national lion strategies


  • Impact

    Impact

    By means of a responsible development approach we aim to realize the species’ potential to provide substantial social, cultural, ecological and economic benefits.

    Risk

    Lack of funding to facilitate discussions with stakeholders and to develop location specific management strategies

    Reporting

    ALERT reports to its donors via daily news feeds, monthly newsletters and annual reports

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £500,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 Malawi Kusungu National Park carnivore program
      £100,000 Kenya Masai Mara carnivore program
      £100,000 Zambia Nsumbu National Park carnivore program
      £100,000 Ethiopia Awash National Park carnivore program
      £100,000 Ghana Mole National Park carnivore program
  • Background

    Location

    Across Africa

    Beneficiaries

    We believe that the challenges facing Africa can most effectively be met by uniting community and policy makers with conservation managers, researchers and business leaders. In doing so we can make the best decisions for Africa’s people, its environment and its wildlife.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In most cases the challenges facing Africa’s wildlife and its people are too great and too complex, and they require too many resources, for any one organization to address.

    By acting collectively the stakeholders of Africa can combine expertise, knowledge and funding to generate real, long-lasting, cost efficient and responsible solutions that are reflected in policy of national governments all the way through the structure of society to the actions of the individual.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    ALERT

    ALERT takes a holistic approach to conservation