Africa Nature Investors Foundation (ANI) the 119th partner of the CBFP!

Berlin, 14 July 2020. Africa Nature Investors Foundation (ANI) joined the membership of the Congo Basin Forests Partnership (CBFP). As part of the accession process, Africa Nature Investors Foundation (ANI) submitted the required documents and agreed to abide by the CBFP members’ cooperation framework in promoting sustainable management of forest ecosystems in Central Africa.

 

The Africa Nature Investors (ANI) Foundation is an NGO registered in Nigeria. Its objective is to engage the African business sector in conservation in Africa and to demonstrate that private sector investment can make nature conservation profitable. ANI has selected Gashaka-Gumti National Park as its first project and has signed a 30-year partnership agreement with the Nigerian National Park Service (PkS) establishing a co-management Private-Public Partnership (PPP) model for the protection and development of the park.  The agreement includes a framework for private sector investment by companies that can finance the protection of the park.

 

ANI is one of the Co-Leaders of the West Block and is engaged in the implementation of the N'Djamena process. ANI together with WCS Nigeria, is working with the West Block Leaders in the negotiations towards a framework agreement between Nigeria and Cameroon involving all the protected areas along the border with Cameroon.  These began in 2008 through a number of bi-lateral workshops between Nigeria and Cameroon (facilitated by WCS and the Programme for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (PSMNR)) for the establishment of the Cross River- Takamanda-Korup transboundary protected area.  ANI (in close collaboration with WCS Nigeria and WCS Cameroon) is also promoting another transboundary landscape that will include Yankari – Gashaka-Gumti – Tchabal-Mbabo – Faro – Benoué protected areas.

 

Part of this work includes actively in lobbying for Tchabal Mbabo to become a new national park in Cameroon with to the support of local Cameroonian NGOs.  Tchabal Mbabo  is an area of 200,000 ha with the presence of multiple ranches and ZICs and is a sanctuary for large herds of cattle and transhumant pastoralists (migrating from the Sahel). In addition, the little studied site contains one of the largest areas of montane cloud forest in Cameroon, several endemic bird and amphibian species and is an important corridor for wildlife conservation. Much work is required to obtain the support and buy in of  elites in Northern Cameroon (and Nigeria) who are reportedly against the process of the designation of Tchabal Mbabo as a national park.

 

The Federal Republic of Germany's facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) is very pleased to welcome the Africa Nature Investors Foundation (ANI) as a new member of the CBFP.

Welcome to our new partner!

 

Contact:

Mr Tunde Morakinyo, Executive Director,  ANI Foundation

E: tundem@AfricaNatureinvestors.org

Please visit the website of:  Africa Nature Investors Foundation (ANI)

 

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