The study to test different management methods to reduce predator livestock conflict has begun in Ghanzi. 4 farmers have been selected to receive materials and are being assisted to improve their kraal designs and introduce livestock guarding dogs to their smallstock. This pilot study has been supported by Conservation International as part of the Western Kalahari Conservation Corridor initiative. It will be expanded in 2011-2012 to a greater number of farmers in the Ghanzi region, due to support from Wildlife Conservation Network donors, Richard Scheller and Sue McConnell. Many thanks! Through this grant, we now have a new local Research Officer, Mr. Phale Phale, who will be assisting with the monitoring and evaluation of this study. Welcome to the team!
In order to continue building our capacity, CCB Community Outreach Officers went for training in community mobilization and rangeland management at the Centre for Holistic Range Management in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The course trains community trainers in conservation land management and how to effectively bring this information to communities. It included modules on grazing planning and management, rangeland monitoring and herd management practices. We look forward to integrating some of the new ideas into our own farmer training workshops.
Last but not least, we would like to wish bon voyage to our Research Coordinator Lorraine Boast! She has been an essential part of the CCB team for the last 4.5 years and will be missed by all. Thanks for all the hard work Lorraine! We’d also like to say a warm welcome to our new coordinator, Dr Andrea Dekrout and her husband Gavin Reynolds, who joins us as the new Ghanzi Camp Coordinator.