Significant loss of original wooded savanna habitats has occurred in this ecoregion, but large blocks of relatively intact habitat remain even outside protected areas.
Threats include seasonal shifting cultivation, over-grazing by livestock, logging
, burning for charcoal, uncontrolled wild fires
, trophy hunting and climatic desiccation. Hunting has depleted populations of large mammals. For example, rhinos
once thrived here, but have disappeared due to poaching.
WWF’s aim in Central and Southern Africa is the conservation of species through working with local stakeholders to preserve natural resources and biodiversity. One ongoing project focuses on the Northern Sudanian Savanna network
of protected areas. The project aims to ensure the use of natural resources is sustainable and of benefit to the local community.
Achievements to date include the establishment of effective management plans for national parks, improved land use agreements with local people, and the launch of reforestation and environmental education programme.