Human-Wildlife Conflict Prevention Program
Conflict between people and wildlife is one of the greatest threats to the survival of Africa’s magnificent large mammals. It is also a considerable challenge to local livelihoods and economic security, resulting in significant financial losses for livestock owners and rural farmers. The development of sustainable, low cost and culturally appropriate techniques for preventing conflicts such as attacks on livestock and crop damage is critical in areas where sustainable natural resource management is both a conservation and development priority.
APW’s unique approach to the prevention of human-wildlife conflicts puts local community members in the driver’s seat. We teach community members to collect valuable information about the circumstances of human-wildlife conflicts, help them analyze their information at the Noloholo Environmental Center and then empower them to use this information in support of locally-derived, preventative strategies. Our emphasis is on strategies that put an end to the conflict once and for all, rather then applying band-aid schemes such as livestock compensation which have no end in sight. This approach resulted in the development of APW’s highly successful Living Walls project for the prevention of lion and large carnivore attacks on livestock.