Helping wildlife

by helping the people

 

 

People in the project areas

 

Although we would primarily call our work nature conservation, "People" is our most important task. We believe conservation will only work in the long term if we actively involve the people, both in the regions of our projects as well as worldwide.

Today there are numerous wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and other protected landscapes and wildernesses in many countries of the world. In reality, however, they are often only fragments of one-time wilderness in a landscape otherwise altered by human use. Often they are isolated from other protected regions, and sometimes cut off by human settlement, even if they are sometimes large areas. As the population grows, the pressures on these protected regions are increasing and they are "fringing" by illegal clearing, farming and poaching. If the respective government is not able to protect the areas effectively, the protected areas become increasingly impoverished, despite their official conservation status.

The conservation of nature in the future must take place outside the protected areas, where people surround the protected areas and, above all, in possible corridor regions between the protected areas.

With an ever-growing world population and the associated pressure to open up ever-new areas for food production, the pressure on existing protected areas and national parks will continue to grow, especially when protected areas do not find the consent of the local population or even are created against their will and with related forced resettlements. This requires a much more complex approach to the situation of the people living there than conventional conservation work is doing so far. Raising the standard of living, education, medical care and voluntary living together with wild animals are the first steps in this direction. However, this ultimately implies that rich industrialized countries are willing to make a real contribution to preserving our biodiversity by helping to stabilize the life situation and level of education of the people in the regions to be protected so that there is no need for poaching, deforestation and destruction of the biotopes. It is about creating living conditions in which people can live in and with nature without destroying them by using them sustainably.