Without money, conservation is just a conversation
Dr Anton Rupert
Sadly, this is the reality that many southern African countries face. Despite commitment and passion behind the concept thereof, protected areas, once created, often lack the funding and management structure to be effective.
We have realized, mobilised and secured over R5 billion (EUR339 million) for various conservation and development initiatives over the past 20 years.
A core objective of the work is to ensure that our overhead stays as low as possible so that donor funding can flow through directly to the projects on the ground. Peace Parks Foundation believes strongly in the importance of transparency and credibility, traveling regularly to meet with donors to share first-hand successes and challenges in the development of the peace parks of southern Africa – often accompanied by the beneficiaries themselves – who can describe in the own words the impact these investments have had, and account for the flow of funds from donors to the projects they have elected to support.
The Foundation regularly organises site visits so that supporters can experience for themselves the work being done in the field – from rewilding operations to turtle tagging to rhino protection to graduation ceremonies at the SA College for Tourism and the Southern African Wildlife College, to name but a few.
Peace Parks Foundation is grateful for its loyal Club members, who give not only of their finances but also of their knowledge and networks, having championed a few innovative campaigns. Through the Legacy Society, their gifts can continue supporting the causes that were dear to their hearts during their lifetime, with Peace Parks the recipient of a number of generous bequests over the last few years.