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Ethiopia’s Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile.   © Alison M. Jones

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“The stone in the water does not comprehend how parched the hill is.” — African proverb


African People and Wildlife Fund (APW): APW works to conserve Africa’s wildlife, protect natural habitats, and promote village development through innovative, multidisciplinary strategies that emphasize coexistence with the natural world.

African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC): ARC promotes the conservation and restoration of African rainforests by empowering local communities.

African Water Issues Research Unit (AWIRU): AWIRU is a nonprofit research organization that develops an African capacity to understand water management issues that are politically, socially, economically, environmentally and culturally sustainable.

Africa Water Journalist Network: This initiative promotes dialogue and coverage of water issues among African journalists. The network consists of a community of more than 1000 journalists concerned with water. It aims to improve and increase water reporting in the media.

Friends of the Mau Watershed (FOMAWA): FOMAWA’s goal as a nonprofit is to reverse degradation of Kenya’s Mau Forest, source of 12 major rivers. FOMAWA members – farmers, government departments, saw millers and tea industry leaders – link sustainable livelihoods with conservation of the environment by recognizing its short-term and long-term benefits.

Global Resource Alliance (GRA) pursues a natural, holistic and sustainable approach to poverty, malnutrition and disease in the Lake Victoria region of Tanzania’s Mara River Basin. Their Water Resource Development program drills boreholes and develops wells in communities throughout the Mara region of Tanzania suffering from severe water shortages.

Green Belt Movement (GBM): Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai founded GBM to motivate Kenyans, particularly poor women, to plant over 30 million trees.

Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO): Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania’s LVFO promotes research, management and training regarding fisheries and lake resources, advises on non-indigenous aquatic species, and is a clearing-house and data bank.

Mara Conservancy: The Mara Conservancy is a public/private-sector partnership between conservation professionals and local Maasai communities. It has improved conservation and overall management of the Maasai Mara National Reserve, one of the best known protected areas in the world.

Nile Basin Initiative (NBI): NBI is developing the Nile Basin so it may share substantial socioeconomic benefits, while it promotes regional peace and security.

Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT): NRT facilitates the community-led conservation initiatives and collective management of ecosystems in northern Kenya.

[Updated February 24, 2016]