Changing lives for the Planet

Our Planet

We recognise the importance of conserving our natural environment and biodiversity which all life depends on.

Our Gift

It is a privilege to operate in pristine destinations and we commit to reviving a relationship of mutual symbiosis between man and nature.

Our Responsibility

It is our responsibility to support the communities in conservation areas to participate in a sustainable economy.

CHANGING LIVES FOR THE PLANET

Our Planet

We recognise the importance of conserving our natural environment and biodiversity which all life depends on.

Our Gift

It is a privilege to operate in pristine destinations and we commit to reviving a relationship of mutual symbiosis between man and nature.

Our Responsibility

It is our responsibility to support the communities in conservation areas to participate in a sustainable economy.

 

 

Challenges we face

There is an urgent need for community development in conservation areas in Africa. These mostly rural communities face extreme challenges leading to poverty while receiving little to no benefits from the conservation and ecotourism practices in their regions. The result is that communities often resort to unsustainable practices which deplete their natural resources and in turn, their economic opportunities.

 

 

The solution…helping communities help themselves

We work at the intersection between conservation, ecotourism, and community with a mosaic of stakeholders. We collaborate with these stakeholders towards a conservation-based economy that benefits all stakeholders while restoring natural and social resources. This mosaic offers opportunities for rewilding across multiple layers – ecological, economic, community and individual, while incorporating traditional ecological knowledge. A ‘hand-up’ rather than a ‘hand-out’ approach is key to authentic community development, shifting towards communities that are self-sufficient, less vulnerable, and more resilient.

The solution…helping communities help themselves

We work at the intersection between conservation, ecotourism, and community with a mosaic of stakeholders. We collaborate with these stakeholders towards a conservation-based economy that benefits all stakeholders while restoring natural and social resources. This mosaic offers opportunities for rewilding across multiple layers – ecological, economic, community and individual, while incorporating traditional ecological knowledge. A ‘hand-up’ rather than a ‘hand-out’ approach is key to authentic community development, shifting towards communities that are self-sufficient, less vulnerable, and more resilient.

Working together

CCFA was born when two hospitality partners, Accor and Mantis, recognised the urgent need for tourism to play an active and hands-on role in community development and conservation in Africa. In 2018, the two groups merged and created this non-profit company that is actively involved in various initiatives aimed at protecting the environment and wildlife through partnering with local communities.
Since inception, Accor and Mantis together with other donors – through CCFA – have invested over R10 million to uplift communities and preserve our natural heritage. Furthermore, all CCFA overhead costs are covered by Accor and Mantis, ensuring 100% of funds raised are injected directly into projects.