As a result of COVID-19, the Tourism Conservation Fund has suspended all forward operations until further notice.

We continue to support all contracted partners in line with the terms of our financing agreements, but can no longer finance the Fund’s core operating costs.

A number of financing proposals linked to the second phase of our planned operations remain live, but we cannot anticipate if and when these will come to fruition.

We wish all our partners and operators across South Africa’s wildlife-tourism economy good health and safety over the period of this pandemic.

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The Tourism Conservation Fund seeks to protect and promote the biodiversity of South Africa’s conservation areas by investing in adjacent communities to create sustainable businesses and jobs which are rooted in the wildlife-tourism economy.

Through commercial partnerships of different kinds, we aim to build a more inclusive wildlife-tourism economy in which a growing share of the value accrues to historically excluded households and communities.

As the material benefits of our conservation areas become more widely shared, so too will local communities’ identity with and protection of these assets.

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