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Many current western-conceived solutions to conserve wilderness areas struggle to gain traction across the African continent. We decided to innovate, using all female teams to manage entire nature reserves and have been astounded by the transformation and potential.
The program was started in Phundundu Wildlife Area in Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi ecosystem. It builds an alternative approach to the militarized paradigm of ‘fortress conservation’ which defends colonial boundaries between nature and humans. While still trained to deal with any situation they may face, the team has a community-driven interpersonal focus, working with rather than against the local population for the long-term benefits of their own communities and nature.
The vision of Akashinga is to replace trophy hunting as an area management tool for conservation in Africa. This achieves landscape conservation at scale: A balance of ecology, economics, ethics and politics for the long-term preservation of large wilderness areas.
Akashinga aims to recruit 1000 women, protecting a network of 20 former hunting reserves by 2025 – Wilderness reclaimed from trophy hunting and run by women.
Akashinga puts the empowerment of women at the centre of the strategy. This gives the greatest traction in community development and conservation.
Akashinga is an investment into women and their families, the development of rural communities, neighboring wilderness areas and an alternative to trophy hunting. By empowering rural women the program also locally motivates poverty reduction, healthcare, skills development, children staying in school, rape & sexual assault prevention, increased life expectancy, disease reduction and structured family planning.
Akashinga empowers and inspires. Employed, fighting fit and in charge of their physical and financial destiny, these women can help change the world.
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Akashinga is a project of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF)
~ The program is entirely vegan for a greener planet ~
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