sustainable development

“Net zero is the greatest commercial opportunity of our time”

Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy on Climate Action


Accelerating the transition to net zero carbon emissions and successfully implementing the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change is arguably the single most powerful driver for the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Yet we can’t simply put the brakes on growth. People need decent jobs and livelihoods and Governments need revenue to provide essential social services and quality infrastructure. Business has a critical role to play in re-imagining financial and commercial models to catalyse green growth and support inclusive, sustainable development.

At a practical level, operating models must be designed to work within a specific ecosystem. Recognising critical interdependencies between the human and natural worlds and preserving balance and flow is essential for both performance and sustainability.

We believe conservation-led development is the way to optimise world-class natural resources, creating opportunities for the current generation without compromising the needs and rights of future generations.

Our Approach

We believe green growth and sustainable development needs to be underpinned by a holistic and integrated approach to optimising land-use rights across a defined ecosystem.

We design land-use plans which allocate a diverse range of commercial, social, environmental and conservation rights optimally for the ecosystem and ensure their effective implementation. We secure and hold the land rights, raise public and private sector capital and mobilise specialist technical and institutional resources to unlock the full value of an ecosystem.

Land use optimisation

Sustainable Development Plan

Sustainable Development Credits

Natural capital approach

Our Activities

The African Conservation Development Group holds the rights to consolidate and sustainably develop a land area of 727,000 hectares in southern Gabon in Central Africa.

The Grande Mayumba project is establishing new forestry, agricultural and agroforestry businesses in the region and will deliver new transport, power and municipal infrastructure. Through African Equatorial Safaris, we are also introducing world-class conservation-led tourism to Gabon, in partnership with ANPN (the national parks authority).

In some areas, the unique biodiversity and priceless value of ecosystem services are too important for commercialisation to take place. We have consequently set aside one third of the total project area as a conservation arc, covering coastal, estuarine, montane and savannah ecosystems. This ensures irreplaceable wilderness areas are protected and community rights are respected.

The Team

We are a team of specialists with a diverse set of skills and a wealth of practical experience at the forefront of climate-smart, sustainable development in Africa. Many of us have worked together for decades.

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