APW Announces Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action


The African People & Wildlife Fund (APW) announces its Commitment to Action supporting the development of environmentally-friendly businesses by rural women while building its iconic Living Walls in new areas across Northern Tanzania.

Today, APW joined global leaders at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, and announced its Commitment to Action. This commitment will conserve populations of lion and elephant by alleviating conflict via an expansion of APW’s predator-proof livestock corrals (Living Walls) in Northern Tanzania, and through investment in environmentally friendly, women-owned businesses that require a return in the form of conservation impact.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, CGI convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

As a leading community-based wildlife conservation organization in East Africa, APW has developed and tested an innovative and comprehensive, four-step process for community engagement in wildlife conservation that can be adapted and applied to many landscapes where people and wildlife interact. Living Walls, and microgrants for women, are two key components of this highly effective model.

APW brings their conservation toolkit and expertise to help other partners understand, empower and better support local women and men in conservation and sustainable development projects.

Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld, APW’s co-founder and Executive Director, said: “This Commitment to Action with the Clinton Global Initiative represents the type of collaborative, global effort that is so critical if communities and wildlife are to live in harmony. I am thrilled that APW will have the chance to bring our conservation model to our CGI commitment and our partners, and look forward to increasing our support of community-driven conservation in key ecosystems across the African continent.”

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About the African People & Wildlife Fund (APW)

The African People & Wildlife Fund is a U.S. nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and important natural habitats in Africa through a community-based approach. APW helps rural communities develop their skills and abilities to protect natural resources in a manner that maximizes their benefits from these landscapes while also preserving ecological integrity. Emphasizing the critical importance of community-led initiatives, the organization provides information, training and service level support to its constituencies to strengthen local institutions and community-driven actions for natural resource management and wildlife conservation. The Tanzania People & Wildlife Fund (TPW) was registered in the United Republic of Tanzania as APW’s first sister organization. TPW operates from the organization’s regional headquarters, the Noloholo Environmental Center on the Maasai Steppe of northern Tanzania, just east of Tarangire National Park.

For more information about APW and TPW, visit our web site at http://www.afrpw.org


About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)—an initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation—convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 2,800 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.