Population growth, in combination with significant climate change, has created new challenges for Africa’s ecosystems and increased the conflict between humans and wildlife.
Africa’s National Parks are often well known, but there is a significant wildlife population that exists outside of Government National Parks and Game Reserves, which are vital to those countries and their environments. (For example, 65% of Kenya’s wildlife is outside of National Parks and Reserves).
The traditional National Parks and Conservation models have long been based on keeping local people out – both physically and in terms of decision making and gaining benefit. This has created a mistrust, and in some cases resentment, of conservation and its long-term goals.