our
strategy

our vision

A healthy planet and an equitable world that values and sustains the diversity of all life.

our mission

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is dedicated to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern and East Africa to the benefit of all.

our strategy

 The EWT achieves its mission by delivering on our three Strategic Imperatives:

SAVING

SPECIES

Take action to conserve

threatened wildlife

CONSERVING

HABITATS

Conserve threatened

habitats to uphold ecosystem integrity

BENEFITTING

PEOPLE

Drive the uptake of

nature-based solutions for improved livelihoods,

business, and development

These broad pillars of conservation impact are supported through six High-level Goals.

our high-level goals

Five of our High-level Goals speak directly to our conservation impact,
and the sixth goal considers our leadership role within the broader conservation sector.

GOAL 1

IMPROVED KNOWLEDGE OF SPECIES AND HABITATS AND THE THREATS THEY FACE

Knowledge is key when designing effective projects, making constructive decisions, and formulating effective laws and policies.

Indicator 1a.
Number of research outputs

Indicator 1b.
Number of datasets shared

GOAL 2

TARGETED INTERVENTIONS REDUCE THE THREATS TO SPECIES AND HABITATS

This goal covers our work toward reducing threats to species and habitats. It is measured through a direct reduction in a threat (Indicator 2a) or the implementation of a conservation strategy known to reduce threats (Indicator 2b). Direct improvements in the status of a species or habitat are captured under Goal 4

Indicator 2a.
The number of target populations and habitats where threats are reduced

Indicator 2b.
The number of proven interventions that reduce broad-scale threats to focal species or habitats

GOAL 3

FORMAL PROTECTION OF PRIORITY HABITATS

Protecting and conserving natural places is critical for combating the effects of biodiversity loss and climate change. We contribute to national and global targets for protected area expansion and other effective area-based conservation measures

Indicator 3a.
The number of hectares with landowner consent to proceed

Indicator 3b.
Area of priority habitat with improved formal protection

GOAL 4

CONSERVATION ACTIONS LEAD TO THRIVING SPECIES, RESILIENT HABITATS, AND IMPROVED HUMAN WELLBEING

This goal focuses on improving species’ conservation status and unlocking the benefits nature brings to people. This goal is measured through three indicators relating to the number of populations, habitats, or people who have benefitted from our actions

Indicator 4a.
Number of populations for which annual improvement goals are met

 Indicator 4b.
Area of land with improved management

Indicator 4c.
Number of people whose wellbeing has improved

GOAL 5

INNOVATION THAT DRIVES MEANINGFUL CHANGE TO THE BENEFIT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, BUSINESS, AND PEOPLE

The EWT achieves Goal 5 when it drives the application of new processes, products, and services that allow us and the people and institutions we work with to deliver greater conservation impact with available resources

Indicator 5a.
Number of target groups that have implemented effective innovations

GOAL 6

THE EWT PROVIDES ITS STAFF WITH AN INCLUSIVE, NURTURING, AND STIMULATING ENVIRONMENT, UNDERPINNED BY EFFICIENT, EFFECTIVE, AND FORWARD-THINKING POLICIES THAT REINFORCE ITS CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP.

we work towards achieving our conservation goals through specialised, thematic programmes designed to maximise impact in the field and enhance skills and capacity development.

 

we have identified 11 cross-cutting approaches firmly embedded in eveything we do

Skills and capacity development

Partnerships and collaboration

Innovation and horizon scanning

Robust science and evidence

Supporting the legal framework

Population,
health, and environment

Social
development

Mainstreaming biodiversity

Advocacy

Africa range expansion

Sustainable
impact

Global Impact

The EWT’s work impacts conservation at a national and global level. Our achievements contribute to many conservation-related frameworks. Arguably, the EWT’s most important global impact is towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG underpinning most of the EWT’s work is SDG 15 LIFE ON LAND – Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss. However, our work promoting sustainable land management and supporting communities contributes to SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), and we contribute to SDG 4 (Quality Education) through our education and training programmes. We protect Strategic Water Resource Areas and facilitate improved ecosystem management to contribute to SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation). The EWT provides guidance to minimise the environmental impact of renewable energy developments – relevant to SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy). Our Biodiversity Disclosure Project, Vulture Safe Zones, Livestock Guarding Dogs, and Badger-Friendly Honey Initiative promote SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production). Lastly, several of our projects contribute towards SDG 13 (Climate Action), including Carbon trading, protected area expansion, catchment management, spring source protection, fodder production, renewable energy, improved land management, increased ecosystem resilience, improved livestock management, secured Strategic Water Source Areas.

For more information on how we contribute to the SDGs, please see our 2020/2021 Integrated Report.

Measuring impact

We use the internationally recognised Conservation Standards to plan, implement, and monitor our conservation activities and adapt projects to meet our objectives. By monitoring and reporting on our progress towards these goals, we demonstrate conservation impact and social benefit to our partners, stakeholders, funders, and the public. To see how we monitor and report on our progress, look at our latest Integrated Report.

Our Conservation Standards work is made possible through ongoing support and collaboration from the International Crane Foundation.

our values

EVERYTHING THE EWT DOES IS UNDERPINNED BY TEN CORE VALUES
To help us keep these core values top of mind, we use the acronym “RIVER”
respect

We believe in justice
and equality.

We are compassionate.

We respect all life and
each other.

impact

We are proactive,
tenacious, and we lead by example.

We protect wildlife.

 

 

value all life

We value nature as the
foundation of human wellbeing.

 

 

 

ethical

We are ethical
and accountable.

 

 

 

relationships

We recognise the value
of partnerships.

We develop
conservationists.