Did you know that the marine ecosystems of tropical East Africa are some of the world’s most diverse, resilient and productive, and directly support the livelihoods of tens of millions of people?
With our fragile oceans under increasing pressure from a range of threats, and the livelihoods of millions at stake, Africa Foundation, in collaboration with andBeyond, has embarked on an initiative to preserve some of Africa’s most important and threatened marine ecosystems. With the critical recognition that community development and conservation go hand-in-hand, our Oceans Without Borders programme works to upskill, uplift and empower local communities. It brings communities together with other key stakeholders including leading scientists, education institutions, governments and other collaborators to positively influence marine conservation and community development over 3,000 kilometres of east African coastline. Our sites are located beside andBeyond’s lodge sites in the Bazaruto and Quirimbas Archipelagos of Mozambique, the Zanzibar Archipelago in Tanzania, and in the iSimangaliso region of South Africa.
A major focus of our work is to train and employ local community members as Community & Conservation Marine Rangers who help monitor and research endangered species, mitigate key threats, expand and improve management of marine protected areas, and develop locally relevant marine conservation and awareness campaigns for school children, fishermen and other community members.
Covid has hit conservation areas in Africa hard, particularly those reliant on tourism income for support, with increases in poaching, illegal natural resource extraction and other destructive activities all on the increase. Protected Area Rangers are at the frontline of protecting these special places but have been heavily impacted by job losses, wage reductions and loss of operational support, with related impacts on local communities and livelihoods.
Your support of Oceans Without Borders directly assists us in achieving these goals. Help us work together towards a positive and lasting impact on the lives of people living in Tanzania, Mozambique and South Africa, and the astounding marine environments of which they are an inseparable part!