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In some parts of Ethiopia, finding potable water is a six-hour journey. People in the region spend 40 billion hours a year trying to find and collect water, says a group called the Water Project. And even when they find it, the water is often not safe. A possible solution: a new product called Warka Water, an inexpensive, easily-assembled structure that extracts gallons of fresh water from the air.  By Tuan Nguyen. Read more.

Cheli & Peacock, Kenya

Categories: Africa, East, Fauna, Human Capital Development, Land, People and Places, Planet
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Since 1985, Cheli & Peacock Ltd has been developing environmentally-friendly safaris and eco-camps in Kenya, with a focus on lesser-visited areas of significant biodiversity that have faced poaching and lack of resources. With 70% of Kenya’s wildlife roaming outside of protected areas, they work with local communities to support wildlife conservation by providing economic benefits through bed-night levies, leasing agreements, and education initiatives.

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Elsa's Kopje - Meru National Park - Rhino Sanctuary

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Joy's Camp - Bush Walk

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Kitich Camp - Mathew's Mountain Range - Forest Walk

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Tortilis Camp - Amboseli -Organic Vegetable Garden

Elephant Pepper Camp - Honeymoon Tent

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Great Plains Conservation

Categories: Africa, Attractions, Climate, East, Fauna, Flora, Management, Operations, Planet, Private Sector
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Great Plains Conservation is clear about its remit: The natural resources of Botswana and Kenya belong to their people. Consequently, it strives to secure landscapes large enough to protect both resident and wildlife populations. It selects areas under threat and acquires the rights to convert them to protected areas with economic benefits, and now operates on half a million acres.

Its environmental practices include transparent environmental audits, zero impact camps and fuel free activities, such as safaris by canoe or horseback. And with projects like its joint Big Cats Initiative with National Geographic, or the recent significant role they played in banning all hunting in Botswana, Great Plains Conservation is, indeed, proving itself to be a great leader.

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Basecamp Explorer Kenya

Categories: Africa, Community, Cultural Heritage, East, Land, Management, Operations, People and Places, Planet
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Svein Wilhelmsen founded Basecamp Explorer in 1998, following a meeting with Maasai elder, Chief Ole Taek in Kenya about threats to his people and lands. Wilhelmsen’s mission was to set up a company to care for both. Eagle View camp in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya, best illustrates this, where five hundred Maasai families gave their land in trust and, in return, receive a monthly income. This community owned model ensures wildlife conservation, supported by a Basecamp ecological learning centre for local students, an empowerment ethos that also embraces 118 Maasai women, who create crafts for the Basecamp Maasai craft brand, assisted by community managed micro-finance (CMMF) programs. In terms of community support, this camp certainly does have all bases covered.

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Asilia Africa

Categories: Africa, Community, East, Fauna, Management, Operations, People and Places, Planet, Southern
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As it enters its tenth year of business, Asilia Africa boasts a Big Five that is about so much more than wildlife. Community, conservation, capacity, certification and commitment are five core principles running through Asilia. With thirteen properties in Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique, it employs 600 people and operates in critical conservation areas where both wildlife and local economies are under threat.

By investing in conservation economies Asilia merits not only its high rating by the Global Impact Investing Ratings System and B Corporation but also its status within a growing community of conscious companies to watch, learn from and invest in.

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