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Jack Andrew Cribb talks to Charly Facheux, the Vice President for Conservation Projects of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), about his work, achievements and aspirations

YOU WERE BORN IN CAMEROON. WHAT WAS IT LIKE GROWING UP THERE?

I was born into a family of six, but I never remember our house with fewer than 15 people living in it. My father was a civil servant based in Douala. Most of his siblings’ and relatives’ children stayed at our home. That situation taught me to be open, to share and respect others.

WHAT DOES THE AWF DO?

The AWF finds ways to make conservation in Africa work for people. Without buy-in from local communities, governments and stakeholders, conservation won’t succeed. It partners with protected area authorities and local NGOs to build up their capacity on the ground and works with communities to plan sustainable land use in wildlife areas. It also advocates, at the highest levels of government, for policies that prioritise animals and their ecosystems.

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