As we travelled up the lakeshore on our journey across Southern Africa, we were pointed towards Joseph Makwakwa; Malawi’s home grown talent seeking to tackle this fishing crisis. He wasted no time in explaining his plans, flicking through piles of papers to highlight rules and agreements, or digressing into consequences and ramifications of various ideas. Tackling overfishing is a social, political and ecological challenge, and all these considerations were swirling in his mind as he choreographed a strategy...
#EchoChamberDisruption: Solving conflicts in cheetah country (with a little help from man’s best friend)
Human-wildlife conflict like this is a common occurrence in countries that still have substantial wild animal populations. Whilst we picture peaceful tranquil savannahs and water holes where elephants rub shoulders with antelope, especially in drought years, crop raiding and livestock predation can ruin livelihoods and foster considerable ill feeling towards wildlife, and even conservation in general. How do we go about changing this mindset?