The African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) is dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion (Panthera leo). By means of a responsible development approach we aim to realize the species’ potential to provide substantial social, cultural, ecological and economic benefits.
Unless the people of Africa want to conserve lions by benefitting from their presence, the species will continue to decline until they are all gone.
We believe the challenges facing Africa can most effectively be met by uniting community and policy makers with conservation managers, researchers and business leaders. In doing so we can make the best decisions for Africa’s people, its environment and its wildlife whilst creating benefits for stakeholder groups that generate sustainable motivation for sound conservation management . This union ensures both present and future generations are able to enjoy the benefits of Africa’s environmental services by integrating the protection of natural processes with economic and social development in a process we term responsible development.
Our environment is shaped not just by geography and bio-physical factors, but also by socio-economic, legal and political ones. ALERT therefore takes a holistic approach to conservation recognizing that our actions must address all these factors if our programs are to succeed. To that end our efforts are channelled through three entities:
ALERT implements sound conservation and management plans for the African lion, fostering African solutions to African challenges
CCWA focuses on the diversity of Africa’s wildlife in recognition of the symbiotic relationship between the lion and the delicate ecosystems on which it relies.
ACT promotes community action in support of conservation by empowering people to protect and restore their environment and improving livelihoods through benefit sharing and social development programs.