Community Conservation Fund Africa Presents Prize at Conservation Lab during ‘We Are Africa 2019’

Press Release, May 7th 2019.

It is often forgotten that across Africa more than 70% of wild animals live outside national parks. As a result, human-wildlife conflict becomes a daily occurrence for rural communities leading to a disregard for wildlife conservation efforts.

This issue alongside others took center stage at the Conservation Lab taking place from 10 – 12 May in Stellenbosch, South Africa, as part of We Are Africa 2019.

As part of this year’s involvement in the Conservation Lab, the Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) will sponsor the attendance of 10 community leaders representing rural communities from five African countries, as well as award USD $25,000 to the winning project from Conservation Lab. This prize will recognize the effort of a local organization that tackles issues as animal poaching, diminishing water supplies, wildlife conservation as well as the wellbeing of people and their communities.

The CCFA was created in 2018 as part of a partnership between Accor and Mantis to reinforce wildlife conservation efforts in Africa. Over the past year alone, it has already donated more than $500,000 to approved community projects across the region. Members of the CCFA board include Adrian Gardiner, Founder of Mantis and long-time conversationalist, Graham Boynton, leading UK journalist and environmental activist, Craig Erasmus, Vice President, Operations Sub Saharan Africa for Accor and Mark Willis, Chief Executive Officer Middle East & Africa Accor.

‘Conservation Lab’ is an invitation-only event held annually in South Africa, which brings together 150 leaders from key sections of conservation, travel, technology, behavioral sciences, philanthropy and government, to encourage creative thinking and collaborative partnerships.


Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) is a registered NPC founded in 2018, borne out of the merger between Mantis and Accor Hotels. 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.

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. 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 can manage wild animals and wilderness areas sustainably. We believe that this change will have a direct impact on the preservation of wild animals and wilderness areas.