WHO WE ARE

We are an initiative led by African professionals committed to bringing best-practice nature conservation to Africa.

 

More than just beautiful landscapes and rare animals, we believe that Africa’s nature, wildlife and ecosystems are fundamental to the long-term wellbeing of African people.

WHY WE EXIST

Africa has the greatest wilderness in the world with vitally important ecosystems, habitats and biodiversity.

 

Yet traditionally, conservation efforts have been led by international organisations with limited involvement of African leadership.

 

We exist to encourage the best conservation practices in Africa in a sustainable way for the betterment of the people of Africa and the world at large.

WHY WE EXIST

Africa has the greatest wilderness in the world with vitally important ecosystems, habitats and biodiversity.

 

Yet traditionally, conservation efforts have been led by international organisations with limited involvement of African leadership.

 

We exist to encourage the best conservation practices in Africa in a sustainable way for the betterment of the people of Africa and the world at large.

OUR GOALS

BE A CATALYST

 

For co-investment and know-how from credible international conservation organisations in Africa.

BUILD

PARTNERSHIPS

To help negotiate the local political context and provide necessary financial and logistical support.

DEMONSTRATE

SUSTAINABILITY

To show that targeted private sector investments can pay their way and be a source of pride for Africans.

INVOLVE AFRICANS

In conservation and long term investments aimed at positive impact, including eco-tourism initiatives.

OUR ACTIVITIES

GROW

ECO-TOURISM

We are developing flagship projects in West Africa to stimulate interest.

CONSERVE

WILDLIFE

We are supporting park protection through effective anti-poaching measures, and developing strategy informed by world class wildlife research.

DEVELOP

COMMUNITIES

We are enhancing local livelihoods around areas of significant biodiversity.

GASHAKA PROJECT

WHY GASHAKA

We decided to pick Gashaka as our flagship project for three main reasons:

 

World-scale Natural Beauty and Biodiversity – With an area of almost 7,000 square kilometres (3 times the size of the Masai Mara in Kenya), with the largest population of chimpanzees in West Africa, with one of the most biodiverse, and oldest montane rainforests in the world, and containing the tallest mountain in Nigeria, Gashaka is incredibly precious from a biodiversity perspective.  Because of its remoteness, until fairly recently, Gashaka had been left largely intact as an ecosystem.  However, illegal logging and bushmeat poaching are putting an increasing strain on the park and there is now an urgent need to act to prevent major damage.

 

Critical watershed of one of the most important rivers in West Africa
– Gashaka is a critical source and watershed of the Benue River, which flows into the Niger river, and is the most important river in West Africa, and third largest in Africa.  Preserving the integrity of this watershed is fundamental to the livelihoods of millions of Nigerians who depend directly on the health of the Benue river for their livelihoods. The forests of Gashaka provide a vital “sponge” which absorbs and gradually disperses the rainfall to ensure all-year clean water into the Benue river.  Disruption to this watershed would have catastrophic impact on the livelihoods of millions of Nigerians.

 

Strategic Location from a Security and Socio-Economic Perspective–On the border with Cameroon and due south of the troubled North Eastern areas of Nigeria, Gashaka is in a critically important axis that is vital
to secure and maintain law and order.  Whilst Gashaka has not been directly affected by Boko Haram, because of the remoteness and current difficulties in patrolling the park effectively, there are increasing signs of banditry, unauthorised personnel and groups invading the park. Ineffective patrolling due to poor equipment and training, and limited investment
in community development means that the park is highly vulnerable to being a haven for outlaws and security threats. Nomadic Fulani herdsmen are increasingly clashing with park rangers, and there is a need to put in place a socio-economic programme aimed at improving livelihoods of the communities in and around the park,  and strengthening the rule of law.  This will be a key part of our efforts in the park.

 

TRANSFORM GASHAKA GUMTI

We have signed a partnership agreement to make Gashaka Gumti
in Nigeria a world-class nature reserve using the best sustainable conservation management practices.

 

Gashaka Gumti is the largest national park in West Africa with the tallest mountain in Nigeria, spectacular montane rainforests, the largest populations of chimpanzees in West Africa, and the source of the river Benue supporting the livelihoods of over 10 million people.

 

OUR WORK WILL INVOLVE:

*    implementing best-practice park management programme in collaboration with the National Parks Authority,
*    creating eco-tourism accommodation and activity consistent with conservation,
*    providing infrastructure (access roads,  communication, water, electricity),
*    supporting world-class wildlife research.

 

 

 

RICHARD BARNWELL’S GASHAKA

©Africa Nature Investors 2019

Africa Nature Investors
Nature Investors West Africa Ltd.
St. Nicholas House, 10th Floor
Catholic Mission Street
Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

©Africa Nature Investors 2019

Africa Nature Investors
Nature Investors West Africa Ltd.
St. Nicholas House, 10th Floor
Catholic Mission Street
Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria