The African Nature-Based Tourism Platform is a fully funded 3-year initiative that seeks to connect funders to communities and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in eastern and southern Africa who are involved in nature-based tourism and have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The first step to participating in the platform is to complete our survey to better understand your involvement in nature-based tourism, how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your operations, and what your relief and recovery needs are.
Once your information has been submitted and reviewed by platform staff, there may be opportunities to assist you with identifying suitable funding opportunities and developing proposals for these opportunities. We are also in the process of developing summary reports for each country, which will summarize key findings from the surveys.
The African Nature-Based Tourism Platform is keen to identify funding resources available for COVID-19 relief and recovery in eastern and southern Africa, as well as building the longer-term resilience of the nature-based tourism sector in the region.
Types of financial support we are looking to make available to beneficiaries include grants, loans, equity, and quasi-equity, among others. Sources for this financial support include governments, individual donors, institutional donors, banks, and investors, among others.
The platform has resources available to help matchmake between funders and beneficiaries, including identifying funding sources, identifying suitable beneficiaries, connecting partners in different geographies, developing proposals, and other support needs which may arise.
Potential funders are encouraged to contact us to communicate the kinds of funding opportunities available, and how the platform can assist beneficiaries in gaining access to funds, including supporting development of proposals.
Data submitted by beneficiaries can be accessed on our data page. Data aggregated across all countries is presented on the public data viewer. To gain access to detailed survey data, please register your information. Once approved by platform staff, you will gain access to survey information submitted by beneficiaries which they have chosen to make available.