Giltedge International Joins the Conservation Forces

Giltedge International Joins the Conservation Forces

We are proud to announce that Giltedge International have collaborated with Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) and are the very first tour operator to join this philanthropic plight in Community Upliftment and Conservation. For each holiday booking made by Giltedge, clients will be able to add on a minimal donation in order to support the CCFA. 

CCFA aims to become the largest non-profit company within the hospitality sector.  Mantis boasts a legacy of conservation, with the acronym being Man And Nature Together Is Sustainable. 

Accor, who continue to impact the African Hotel Industry, were very excited to collaborate and launch the CCFA as this shows both hotel groups’ passion and dedication to empowering and uplifting the rural African communities.

Adrian Gardiner, chairman of Mantis said: “If you take the wildlife out of Africa, there will be little to no tourism coming into our country.” And it is for this reason that the CCFA community was born. Gardiner added: “We are in a unique position to inspire and inform travellers about the challenges we face when building hotels and lodges among the agrarian communities.”

Despite providing modern brick houses and alternative ways to make a living, communities are challenged by the new way of life.  Going from living off the land to employment in luxury hospitality conservation operations is a difficult transition, and those who cannot adapt often fall further below the poverty line.  It has been proven that often the people involved in poaching and the general destruction of wildlife are these unfortunate individuals. It is hard to place full blame on community members that turn to poaching because they see no other way of feeding their families.

CCFA aims to ensure that a community project is started in each African country where either Accor or Mantis have a footprint. In this way, the hotel companies are making a direct contribution to the local communities and wildlife preservation of their direct areas of operation.  There are active projects in South Africa, Rwanda, Namibia, Uganda and Kenya.

Clients who OPT IN to having an additional R5.00 per domestic booking and R7.50 per regional and international booking will be automatically added to the CCFA quarterly newsletter database whereby various updates on projects and initiatives will be reported.  CCFA is able to offer corporate clients an 18A tax deduction certificate for total donations made to CCFA per annum.  By making these donations, clients form part of the CCFA team and can be proud ambassadors knowing that their donations are helping to empower local communities in Africa, who in turn, will help to reduce human-wildlife conflict.

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

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

CONSERVATION LAB TAKING PLACE IN CAPE TOWN ON 12 & 13 May 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 will take center stage at 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, behavioural sciences, philanthropy and government, to encourage creative thinking and collaborative partnerships.