Connected Conservation

Conserving animals, enhancing livelihoods in areas of human - animal conflict

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Connected Conservation

Connected Conservation strives to assist people, organizations and processes in different parts of Africa in the pursuit of biodiversity conservation, and environmental, social and economic best practices.

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At a Glance

Training wildlife managers in CAR
Training wildlife managers from Central African Republic

Our organization was formed fifteen years ago in 1994 (as the Mid Zambezi Elephant Project and later as the Elephant Pepper Development Trust) and in the subsequent years established offices in Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Mozambique

We have worked in various Africa and Asia Countries, including Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Central African Republic, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Some of our work has included:

  • pioneered the concept of community-based human wildlife conflict mitigation using a suite of methods developed over decades of practical field experience.
  • provided technical advice and training to institutions and individual projects managing human-wildlife conflicts in Africa and Asia.
  • participated extensively in the development of the KAZA TFCA Integrated Development Plan (IDP) (the Zambian component) as well as being consulted widely (on human wildlife conflict) during the KAZA TFCA pre-feasibility study.
  • undertaken institutional analysis and are currently running long term monitoring programmes on the management of such conflicts in several countries.

Expertise

Human-elephant conflict in KAZA
Areas of known human-elephant conflict in Kavango Zambezi area

We have extensive and diverse experience in human wildlife management and coexistence strategies, including GIS and remote sensing, environmental impact assessments, project management, monitoring and evaluation, policy reviews, training needs assessment, project communications as well as tourism and micro-scale business development. We have prepared an elephant management plan for the Akagera National Park in Rwanda, conducted numerous wildlife capture and release programs around the continent, assisted the governments of Vietnam and Laos develop a joint management approach for their remaining elephant population as well as publishing a number of papers in peer reviewed journals, books and manuals. We also participated extensively in the development of the KAZA TFCA Integrated Development Plan (IDP) (the Zambian component) as well as being consulted widely (on human wildlife conflict) during the KAZA TFCA pre-feasibility study.