Climate Smart Sustainable Development

Optimising land use by recognising natural capital value

Our group
Climate Smart Sustainable Development

The African Conservation Development Group (ACDG) is pioneering an evidence-driven approach to delivering sustainable development in tropical forest ecosystems.

We develop large scale sustainable land-use projects that unlock commercial value from an ecosystem while maintaining ecosystem function, conserving biodiversity and improving local livelihoods.

Grande Mayumba

Grande Mayumba, our flagship project, is based in southern Gabon. We hold the rights to consolidate and sustainably develop a land area of 731,000 hectares.

About the project


Petit Loango Lodge

Grande Mayumba

Atlantic Ocean

Equatorial guinea

Republic of Congo

50 km


John Dennis, Joint CEO
"Our team has decades of experience in large scale integrated land-use development in Africa. We are deeply committed to delivering socio-economic development to the highest ESG standards."
John Dennis, Joint CEO

Who we are

Meet the team

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Iftikhar Ali

Joint CEO

Iftikhar Ali is a financial markets professional with over 25 years of experience, during which he has accumulated in-depth knowledge of emerging mark...

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John Dennis

Joint CEO

John Dennis is the joint CEO of the African Conservation Development Group and Managing Partner at Hambleden Capital, specialising in direct investmen...

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Pierre Blondel

Managing Director, Gabon

Pierre Blondel is responsible for managing the development of the Grande Mayumba project. Pierre has extensive experience in Gabon’s forestry and timb...

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Dr. Rob Morley

Science and Environmental Planning Director

Dr. Rob Morley has extensive experience in conservation and landscape ecology. He has worked across Africa, most notably in Southern Africa, for the p...

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Josh Ponte

Public Affairs Director

Josh has more than twenty years of experience working in Gabon. His career there began in 2001 when he moved from the UK to live among 16 lowland gori...

People Planet Prosperity

People Planet Prosperity

Our approach
People Planet Prosperity


local jobs created over the next 10 years

234,000 ha

comprising diverse ecosystems conserved in perpetuity

People Planet Prosperity

Grande Mayumba

We hold the rights to consolidate and sustainably develop a land area of 731,000 hectares in south west Gabon.

Grande Mayumba
Grande Mayumba