Community Conservation Fund Africa
the mantis conservation foundation
Community & Conservation – our planet, our gift, our responsibility
Conservation has always been at the foundation of Mantis. In 2018 a partnership between Mantis and Accor was formed to address social and environmental imbalances and find a workable solution to the growing conservation crisis. Not just in Africa, but throughout the world. It is from this passion for protecting the natural world that the Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) was born.
The CEO and Chairman of CCFA is Adrian Gardiner; a well-known conservationist, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and founder of Mantis. His mantra being: ‘If you take the wildlife out of Africa there will be little to no tourism’.
CCFA, a registered non-profit company (NPC), is both a fundraising and a grant-giving organisation, which is active in educating and empowering local communities to help themselves by implementing sustainable wildlife management systems.
The meaning of the brand name Mantis is Man and Nature Together is Sustainable. Guests who visit the 30+ Mantis Collection luxury hotels, eco-lodges and waterways, play an important role in supporting conservation-led hospitality. Mantis offers curated destinations inspired by sustainable adventures. Experiences where luxury travel and eco-tourism meet.
Tourism depends on conserving the environment but, equally important is uplifting, empowering, and integrating local communities. There needs to be a symbiotic relationship between fauna, flora, and local communities to protect our natural assets.
Since inception – Accor and Mantis working together with CCFA – have invested R7.5 million to uplift communities and preserve conservation. Each project is sustainable and, for every community member we work with, the investment sustains 8 or more dependents.
Everybody has a part to play in Africa’s future. Guests too, are an important cog in the conservation cycle, through the payment of conservation levies and supporting projects run by CCFA at each of the properties.
Making a difference
You don’t need to save the world but you do need to make a difference
Through our projects and interventions, we are trying to shift mindsets, to encourage people to become more accountable for their actions and to safeguard our wildlife and wilderness areas. That includes guests visiting our properties, our suppliers, team leaders and the local community. We want to incentivise everyone to preserve our planet.
The Fund has brought together three internationally successful wildlife conservation organisations: Wilderness Foundation Africa, African Parks and Tusk Trust and collaborates on projects in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.
During our 18 month journey our projects have helped improve the environment for people as well as nature, as well as:
- Contributed towards the alleviation of poverty
- Assisted with personal and social transformation
- Changed and uplifted communities
- Addressed ways of creating more sustainable lifestyles, while also helping to offset carbon emissions.
Successful projects are currently being supported in seven countries in Southern Africa with positive outcomes. They range from focusing on gorilla health in Rwanda through to bringing clean drinking water to communities in Namibia, stopping the illegal trade of the endangered grey-crowned cranes, creating green landscapes, supporting elephant conservation and the human/elephant conflict mitigation program in Namibia and creating a fisheries project that currently supports around 120 families.
We are here to educate our tourists, communities and stakeholders to support our wildlife and wilderness areas.
Preaching eco-tourism does not come without the voluntary buy-in, education, and empowerment in the local communities. To read more Click here
Our goal is to co-ordinate and support a community conservation project at each and every Mantis property. Some already are in place, these include beekeeping and honey production, greening the environment and training community members as field guides.
We encourage you to join us and learn more about the project at your property, hear how it is impacting the local community and environment. Many of these projects will give you the opportunity to become actively involved and interact with the community.
CCFA is about bringing people together to make a difference to the world in which we live.
How you can support us
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Toys with a purpose
Part of the CCFA mantra is to empower local communities and through a partnership with Baby Cuddles, a company based in the small local community of Kylemore in the Western Cape, they design and sew our mascots. Each is a beautifully handmade toy with an individual character and personality, making it an ideal gift. Besides the original rhino, the range now includes elephants, gorillas, turtles and Bongos. This project has created permanent employment for six women and continues to grow.
By purchasing one of our mascots, you not only help sustain a job but part of the proceeds are channeled into preserving our wildlife species. These are available from the shop at your hotel or lodge. Alternatively [Click Here]to purchase a mascot online.
Locally harvested and produced honey from our beekeeping project is also available for sale at our properties. This is part of an initiative to preserve our precious bees. We have introduced over 120 beehives and trained local community members as beekeepers, who are now harvesting their own honey.
Trees are carbon friendly
We have indigenous (some edible and medicinal) plants and trees are for sale. Specifically, the ‘Spekboom’ known as the most carbon-friendly plant in the world.
It is Our Planet, Our Gift and Our Responsibility to look after it.
Together we are stronger.
Our biggest supporters
We are proud to have Ed Stafford and Steve Backshall as our international patrons and champions of our cause. In addition, well-known local musicians, the Bottomless Coffee Band are our brand ambassadors who wrote and produced ‘The Wilderness’ especially for CCFA. Listen and share to contribute towards the Fund.