by helping the people
Human- / Wildlife
conflicts are one of the most common causes of wildlife degradation in East Africa after poaching. Competition for pastures and water, destruction of fields and gardens by elephants, big cats
killing cattle and people killing big cats are common.
Even though there are numerous national
parks and other protected areas in East Africa, 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 to constant contacts with expanding
settlements or agricultural areas. Conflicts are almost always an inevitable consequence. In Kenya, for example, 70% of the wildlife live outside
protected areas, in areas they share with humans and livestock.
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.
Indigenous communities have over many generations developed forms of coexistence with wildlife that have proven themselves and are thus sustainable. Increasingly, these should be strengthened and integrated into international nature conservation work and should be seen as opportunities for coexistence.
We support indigenous nature conservation through our work, especially conservation projects developed by indigenous communities themselves.