Report for the International Training Course held at the The Cheetah Conservation Fund research base, near
Ojiwarango in Namibia ________________________________________
Integrated Livestock, Wildlife, & Predator Management Course 7 – 21 February 2010 ________________________________________
An Integrated Livestock, Wildlife, and Predator Management course run by Cheetah Conservation Fund which I attended was held in Namibia, 2010 at CCF under the sponsorship of the Howard G. Buffet Foundation’s Initiative. The course was aimed at wildlife managers, environmental educators, community development officers and agriculture extension officers in Southern African countries. The focus was on wildlife-livestock conflicts, the role of farmer in wildlife zones, studying outreach programs and collecting data and carrying out a survey on community-based conservancy areas such as Queen Sofia re-settlement conservancy in Northern Namibia.
The course was held at the CCF’s International Research Station and Education Centre near Ojiwanrango.
• The training received by participants in this course addressed the needs identified in the wildlife conflict areas in Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique and Namibia covering research and applied conservation methodologies for professionals in wildlife conflict zones. • The information and practical skills provided by this selective training program focused on building human capacity to conserve wildlife zones and their ecosystems. It is envisioned that the course participants and other wildlife educators would pass on their newly gained skills and environmental practices to thousands of people throughout the southern African countries, with the goal of achieving a profound change in people’s attitudes toward predator-wildlife relationships in general and wildlife management areas in particular. In Botswana this means protecting the wildlife management areas and implementing Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) policies.
With many predator animal populations dwindling, such as the cheetah, wild dog and rhino’s (on the Cites endangered species list) their survival depends on educated people using proven methods to reverse this trend. Many such methods have been developed or adopted in the last 20 years by CCF and a variety of other organizations, such as holistic management practices, establishing wildlife – livestock conservancies, using guard dogs to protect livestock, proper herding, kraaling methods and correct veldt or rangeland management techniques. There is no one source of information and training for wildlife conservation professionals but the idea is to bring experts together to share ideas and experiences to recognize and appreciate utilizing natural resources to achieve world wide conservation objectives.