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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
In Africa, much of the success of wildlife conservation has been tied to income generated from the travel and tourism industry. With the COVID-19 pandemic canceling flights and compromising tourism revenue, the vulnerability of this model has become clear. So, WWF Regional Office for Africa, the African Leadership University’s School of Wildlife Conservation, and the Luc Hoffmann Institute launched the Beyond Tourism in Africa challenge to generate innovative income ideas. More than 300 applicants submitted project proposals, and winners secured a place in the university’s eight- month incubator program in 2021 to help them turn their ideas into investment-ready businesses. Here are a few highlights.