ACC brings together the people and skills needed to build East Africa 's capacity to conserve wildlife through sound science, local initiatives and good governance.
East Africa's great wildlife spectacle co-existed with people for millennia unlike elsewhere in the world. However, population growth, poverty, alterations in land use and poaching have halved wildlife numbers. National parks are too small, too few and too vulnerable to protect all species or sustain large predators and migratory herds. Today, surprisingly, most wildlife survives outside parks where human-wildlife conflict causes suffering and loss for all.
The future of Africa 's wildlife depends on safeguarding critical space both outside and inside parks. This means winning local support and gaining national and international backing for conservation initiatives.