Cheetah Conservation Fund


Country: Namibia
Region of Impact: Namibia



The Cheetah Conservation Fund uses technology to convert an invasive species into clean fuel while restoring habitats.

In Namibia, 25 million acres of land are choked by invasive thorn bushes. The bushes make agriculture impossible, alter the water cycle, reduce soil fertility, and begin desertification, which threatens humans and animals alike.

The Cheetah Conservation Fund built a business to save Namibia's grassland savannas. They harvest invasive plant species and convert them into clean-burning, environmentally friendly fuel logs. The process requires only plant material, heat, pressure, and the natural resins in wood to create the logs. Removing thorn bushes from the savannas helps reverse an ecological disaster and replenish Namibia's vanishing ecosystems.

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