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The unique strength of AZF? A versatile and scientifically founded approach. Using a single six-step plan, AZF contributes to the sustainable, harmonious future of three projects, realised at both local and international level.

We do not isolate endangered animals. Instead, we facilitate their connection to people and nature.

- Jef Dupain
  1. Identifying HOTSPOTS: 
    AZF identifies the core habitats of the endangered species that it protects or wants to see protected. AZF wishes to safeguard the purity and intactness of these habitats in the interest of the uninhibited and unbridled development and survival of biodiversity. This will give the hotspot a chance to develop into a ‘paradise’.
  2. Sketching a LIVING LANDSCAPE: 
    AZF defines the perimeter surrounding the core territories (i.e. hotspots). Here, the foundation sets up economic projects in conjunction with local authorities and the indigenous population with a view to making them more future-proof. 
  3. Investigating LAND USE
    Working shoulder to shoulder with the local community, AZF conducts the necessary research. Which plots of land are located within the perimeter around the hotspots? What are they currently used for? What are the economic prospects? AZF facilitates the formal recognition of this land use and the official allocation of this land in terms of spatial planning.
    AZF visits the territory in question, bringing its many years of expertise with it. The aim of the Foundation is to make the difference here: working shoulder to shoulder, with its feet literally in the mud, with the local population and authorities. 
  5. Creating COHABITATION
    AZF, the local authorities and population collaborate with one another so that people and animals can live in harmony in the living landscape. After all, AZF makes it interesting for all these individuals and organisations to live and work together in these areas by developing economic activities in the periphery. As a result, hotspots are no longer a necessary source of food or income and these areas are left alone, allowing the animals that are thus protected to live here without any threat of extinction. 
    AZF shares its knowledge and tools with local players and teams. When a conservation project is ripe and sufficiently embedded for independent development, these people and organisations will be able to continue with the project on their own.