Our group

African Conservation Development Group

As the world focuses on tackling climate change and biodiversity loss, there is growing interest in investing in natural capital to reduce carbon emissions, restore biodiversity and boost sustainable economic growth.

  • 30+ years experience

    with our DNA rooted in conservation-led development

  • World-leading expertise

    guided by rigorous analysis and expert input

  • Diverse disciplines

    harnessed to lead our integrated approach

African Conservation Development Group

Our story

ACDG’s integrated land development programmes are designed to recognise and unlock natural capital value. The foundation of our approach lies in systematic planning and the optimisation of land-use to deliver landscape-wide economic, environmental and social benefits.

Alan Bernstein, Chairman and CEO
Alan Bernstein, Chairman and CEO

Philosophy

The philosophy guiding our approach has evolved over decades. Thirty years ago, ACDG’s founders conceptualised the notion that underutilised land and wildlife resources could produce attractive returns while restoring ecological integrity. Their company, Conservation Corporation (now &Beyond), grew to become Africa’s leading conservation development and ecotourism group.

Their natural resource-based model underpinned the growth of Sustainable Forestry Management, a global developer of sustainable forestry projects, carbon offset and environmental finance programmes.

Expertise

Now under the umbrella of ACDG, this team brings together world-leading expertise in the fields of ecology, wildlife tourism, sustainable forestry, natural capital valuation, climate finance and carbon offset markets. This includes accounting methodologies for natural capital valuation, which have become generally accepted today. Our expertise is enhanced through our research and innovation hub forestLAB, in partnership with the London School of Economics and the University of Stirling, enhancing our ability to contribute to climate positive investment and development programmes in Africa.

Our team

Our multi-disciplinary team comprises experts with deep experience across the sustainable development spectrum.

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Landscapes

Grande Mayumba

We hold the rights to consolidate and sustainably develop a land area of 731,000 hectares for commercial agriculture

Grande Mayumba
Grande Mayumba