ANI Foundation was founded by Nigerian professionals from various backgrounds with the goal of protecting Nigeria's incredible biodiversity while demonstrating that conservation can drive economic development. We do this through the long-term co-management of protected areas, and we currently work in two landscapes: Gashaka Gumti National Park and the Okomu Elephant Landscape.
HOW WE DO IT
Supporting intact, resilient ecosystems that sustain healthy wildlife populations
Protecting parks with
cutting-edge strategies and fully-trained rangers
Uplifting local people and encouraging their participation in conservation
Securing long-term financing for protected areas to ensure their futures
RESEARCH AND MONITORING
Using quality data to improve management strategies
OUR PPP MODEL
Over 80% of protected areas in Africa are insufficiently funded – there is currently not enough money from the governments or philanthropy to prevent the biodiversity crisis facing the planet. ANI believes that the private sector can provide the additional funds needed for wildlife conservation, which is why we established a Public Private Partnership co-management model for both Gashaka and Okomu, enabling private sector investment into its national parks. These agreements are the first of their kind for a national park in Nigeria.
This model enables protected areas to attract the investment needed for them to eventually generate jobs and income for local communities and be a catalyst for development in the region. We are working at a landscape level building the capacity of communities to absorb capital by helping them to establish village level enterprises based on farming, agriculture, and pastoralism. Over time we plan for all this work to be funded in perpetuity by income from carbon credits and eco-tourism, removing the unsustainable dependence on government donor money and philanthropy.