Helping wildlife

by helping the people

 

 

Human- / Wildlife Coexistence

 

Human-wildlife conflicts have always existed and exist today where human settlement areas coincide with those of wildlife. This was the case a few centuries ago in most regions on our planet. Humans and wild animals shared a common habitat.

People cleared forests, planted fields and gardens, kept pets and ran grazing, inevitably contributing to conflicts with herbivores and predators threatening livestock. Although these conflicts resulted in numerous losses on both sides, for a long time this was not a serious threat to the total stock of individual species, as there was still enough habitat unaffected by humans. Today, many intensively agricultural areas are virtually free of Larger wild animals and thus inevitably also of conflicts.
Indigenous peoples had often developed a far more conflict-free relationship with wildlife, which threatened them much less than it did in "civilized" cultures.
All in all, however, these conflicts were far less threatening to the total stock of a species than they are today. Only through the development of modern technologies, the rapidly growing world population and the advance of us humans even in the last corners of the earth, combined with the greed for raw materials, trophies and land, human / wildlife conflicts have dramatically worsened. Today, about a hundred animal and plant species die each day, more and more ecosystems are destroyed, primeval forests are cleared, oceans are emptied.
Although there are numerous national parks and other protected areas, these are often not enough to guarantee the protection of endangered species. Often they are too small or do not cover the entire habitat of the protected species. Especially large animals often travel long distances to follow the changing food supply or to find water over the seasons. This leads more and more often to contacts with spreading settlements or agriculturally used areas. Conflicts are almost always an inevitable consequence.

Our work is about finding solutions and developing models on how to reduce human / wildlife conflicts and how people who often experience these conflicts as existential threats can be helped. These can be simple methods such as protective fencing around fields to keep elephants out. But compensatory payments for affected farmers and village communities would also be necessary if we want nature conservation from a global perspective. For this, however, it is first necessary to create readiness in Western countries and in nature conservation groups. Only when we learn that the protection of endangered species, especially when it comes to the image of our planet's formative large mammals such as elephants or big cats, involves far more than their immediate protection by fences and anti-poaching units that we take responsibility need for the living conditions of the people living there, nature conservation will be more than symptom-fighting. We are required to share!

 

Wildlife Corridors