by helping the people
Wildlife and People
Our work deals with interactions between humans and wildlife in their natural habitat, with possibilities for the peaceful coexistence of wildlife and humans, and the reduction of human / wildlife conflicts.
The number of indigenous and tribal peoples worldwide is estimated at about 370 million people. That corresponds to about 5% of the world population. However, indigenous land accounts for about 80% of global biodiversity, demonstrating the tremendous contribution they make to preserving the biosphere and all life. Many tribal peoples see themselves as the natural guardians of the land and the earth. Still sometimes, even in the name of nature conservation, they are being expelled from their land to use this land industrially (forestry, plantations, mining, ...), as well as to create national parks and other wildlife sanctuaries. We are committed to more fully integrating indigenous communities and tribes into conservation than it is the case today. We support and promote nature conservation and sustainability projects of indigenous communities and campaign for their land rights.
Our work is based on elephants, their habitat dividing big cats and the people living there, but is not fixated on it. We work on this topic in some regions of East Africa and support through our foundation also in Asia.
It is now proven that poverty and lack of education contribute significantly to habitat
destruction and poaching. Studies have shown that in regions of extreme poverty, poaching is the highest and conflicts with wildlife are escalating the most.
It is therefore the most important part of our project to work with people living in wildlife regions and potential corridor regions to improve living conditions through simple technological aids, reforestation and education, thereby helping to reduce human / wildlife conflicts, poaching and habitat destruction contribute to a low-conflict coexistence of wildlife and humans.
We make a clear stand against trophy hunting in all its forms. Even if it is argued that this brings money in remote and by tourists little visited areas and there can benefit the nature conservation as a whole, we reject this perverse form of tourism. Hunting tourism is now contributing to the rapid decline in the numbers of endangered species in many parts of Africa, and deserves international condemnation as well as a global trade ban on hunting trophies. In order to finance nature conservation in remote and less visited regions, other sources should be developed.
Wildlife and People is a project of the