Community Conservation Fund Africa
Our Planet, Our Gift, Our Responsibility
Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) is a registered NPC founded in 2018, borne out of the merger between Mantis and Accor.
These two global hospitality groups recognise the urgent need for community upliftment which will benefit Africa’s wild animals and wildernesses at a time when both are under threat.
The CCFA is both a fund-raising & a grant-giving organisation that is active in educating and empowering local communities to implement sustainable wildlife management systems on the ground. These solutions are funded by CCFA and its commercial partners.
The CCFA proudly activates various education-based training programs within local communities, which contribute to the community upliftment and initiates conservation awareness.
Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) was set up to help put the spotlight on rural African communities that live among the wild animals but, by large, have received few benefits from this often-difficult privilege.
CCFA’s mission is to address these inequalities and investigate ways of giving rural African communities a greater role in wildlife ownership and management.
We envision local African communities who are educated and empowered and are able to manage wild animals and wilderness areas in a sustainable way. We believe that this change will have a direct impact on the preservation of wild animals and wilderness areas.
Challenges we face
Our fund was established by two hospitality companies who often have the privilege of building hotels and lodges among agrarian communities. Mantis and Accor came to a realisation that despite providing modern brick houses and alternative ways to make a living – communities were challenged by the new way of life. Going from living off the land to employment in luxury hospitality and conservation operations is a difficult transition, and those who cannot adapt, often fall further below the poverty line.
It has been proven that often the people involved in poaching and the general destruction of wildlife are these unfortunate individuals. It is hard to place full blame on community members that turn to poaching because they see no other way of feeding their families.
CCFA was formed in order to close the gap between communities that have and have not been able to adapt. This grant-giving organisation educates and empowers local communities, equipping them to be part of the sustainable wildlife management systems in place on the ground. We cannot take for granted that some need more of a helping hand to shift their perspective of eco-tourism, and to see the personal and global benefit of preserving wild animals and their habitats.
Our Partners and Our Projects
The CCFA is the first NPC to have strategically collaborated with three other non-profit entities to form a value-aligned conservation community:
African Parks, Tusk Trust and the Wilderness Foundation.
The community education programmes currently underway serve to teach students about Africa’s wildlife and wilderness areas.
If the CCFA can engage with communities and highlight the plight of local wildlife and grasslands, we believe that the sustainability of wildlife environments will be directly and positively impacted.
All projects that the CCFA supports are carefully chosen as projects that engage directly with local communities and have a positive impact on conservation.
Project supported by CCFA
Projects supported by CCFA
Addo Community Project
Siyazenzela Training Course
Umzi Wethu Conservation General Assistant Training
Projects supported by CCFA
Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH)
Rural Development & Nature Conversance (IRDNC)
Rwanda Wildlife Conservancies Association (RWCA)
Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT)
The CCFA has been woven into the Mantis/Accor group ecosystem at all levels and believes there is always a way for anyone who wants to contribute to the cause to do so in a meaningful way whether through financial funding, skills sharing, product endorsements or simply spreading the word.
You can support the CCFA by adopting a soft toy crafted by members of a community outside Stellenbosch, South Africa. We hope this rhino toy will serve as a reminder of the special encounters with wildlife you have experienced while staying at the Mantis Accor hotels or lodges.
How to get involved
You can contribute towards CCFA projects and initiatives on our website by clicking here.
Choose Mantis next time you travel – most of the suppliers of products procured by Mantis and Accor hotels donate a portion of their sales through the group to the CCFA.