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Equator Initiative Case Study - Makuleke Ecotourism Project - Pafuri Camp

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Pafuri Camp is a community-led ecotourism initiative in the northern part of the Kruger National Park that provides a wide range of activities, including game drives, night drives, walks and wildlife hides. Revenues from Pafuri Camp are used in both community development projects, as well as biodiversity conservation initiatives.
Pafuri Camp takes a participatory approach to ecotourism, based on the idea that community-based action is often the most effective approach to biodiversity protection and sustainable development. Activities are designed not only to generate income for the local community, but also to raise awareness among the local population of the value of protecting biodiversity in the region. Anti-poaching teams have been established to identify and eliminate illegal poaching. The Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize--issued biennially by the Equator Initiative--shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage. This project was awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of its contribution to local sustainable development solutions.

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