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  • BESTSELLER FOUNDATION INVESTS IN RWANDAN ECO-FRIENDLY PAPER BAG

    During the 2019 Business of Conservation Conference, we held a business pitch competition called the Leopard’s Cove where a selection of innovative conservation entrepreneurs stepped up to pitch their cutting edge scalable ideas to a panel of investors for the chance to secure the funding they need to launch and/or scale their enterprise. Umuti, an ALU student start-up…

  • ALU School of Wildlife Conservation has been named an official Nominator for The Earthshot Prize, launched today by Prince William.

    Today marks the launch of The Earthshot Prize – the most prestigious global environment prize in history, incentivising worldwide change with a decade of action to repair our planet. As an organisation which shares values and ambitions with this ground-breaking initiative, we are extremely excited to announce that we are an official Nominator for the…

  • The Luc Hoffmann Institute releases a report on African Ecological Futures

    Our partner, the Luc Hoffmann Institute on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, launched a new report titled “Preferences and pathways: strengthening futures capacity in Africa” The report asks the question “how can Africa develop its potential without having a negative impact on nature and on the benefits that local communities in Africa derive from nature” Looking…

  • Wassa Cisse, our young leader paving her way to conservation change-making.

    “What if we can rewrite the stars?” Perhaps, that was the key question our first undergraduate class of conservation scholars had in mind when they started their academic journey with us. Their commitments to their learning journey assure us that there’s hope for the future of Africa’s greatest asset; its unique biodiversity. As a School,…

  • The State of the Wildlife Economy in Africa Report: Ghana Country Case Study Published.

    Conservation of wildlife is frequently seen as a cost to governments, resulting in little investment in wildlife resources despite the extensive contributions that the wildlife economy can, and does, make in terms of employment and revenues. The African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation received funding to conduct research and produce the inaugural State of…

  • Slippery Slope: Ecology, Economics and Social Impact of the Mauritius Oil Spill

    ALU Community engages experts on the impacts of the Mauritius oil spill.  Mauritius, recently experienced an ecological accident when the shipping vessel MV Wakashio hit a coral reef offshore, south of the island, on 25th July, 2020. The vessel broke and spilt an estimated 1,000 tonnes of oil into the ocean. On 17 September 2020, we…

  • Beyond Tourism in Africa Webinar

    GOING BEYOND TOURISM IN AFRICA Diversifying community livelihoods from wildlife     On Thursday, September 10, 2020, we hosted a webinar on “GOING BEYOND TOURISM IN AFRICA Diversifying Community Livelihoods from Wildlife” Thank you to all those who were able to attend the session. In case you were not able to, you can check out the recording…

  • Join the 10 September 2020 Beyond Tourism in Africa webinar to learn about the innovation challenge

    How can communities earn income from wildlife conservation beyond the tourism sector?   Applications are now open for the Beyond Tourism in Africa innovation challenge. We are seeking innovative, community-led, non-tourism sources of income from wildlife across Africa. Participants have the chance to win a place in the African Leadership University’s incubation programme and access…

  • Applications open for Beyond Tourism in Africa innovation challenge

    Do you have an idea that could transform the way communities derive benefits from wildlife?   The Luc Hoffmann Institute, the African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation and WWF Regional Office for Africa are delighted to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Beyond Tourism in Africa innovation challenge. The challenge seeks…

  • School of Wildlife Conservation contributes to panel discussions on Protected Area Tourism beyond 2020

    Dr Sue Snyman, Research Director for the School of Wildlife Conservation, will be participating in two upcoming panel discussions looking at ways to build greater resilience for protected area tourism going forward.  The first panel will be on the 25th August 2020 at 16h00 (GMT+2) and is titled  “Protected Area Tourism Beyond 2020”  The panelists…