The second most exciting element of this workshop was that it was an amalgamation of professionals from all across Botswana ranging from local NGO staff, academics and government officials. Bringing together key staff that work in human-wildlife conflict for this training means that we can have significant impact in how conservation professionals are carrying out their important work in Botswana, increasing efficiency and improving the help we provide communities that are living with wildlife.
The third reason this workshop was so exciting was the fact that it was hosted by one of the most dynamic leaders in conservation – Dr James Danoff-Burg, Director of Conservation Research at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in the United States. This workshop was only possible thanks to sponsorship from The Living Desert, and the participants were infected with Dr Danoff-Burg’s passion for conservation and inspired with his thorough deep-dive into the world of social science. Each of the 43 attendees will long remember this workshop as they take all the knowledge they gained and apply it to their respective work on the ground in Botswana.
A huge thank you goes out to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens for sponsoring this event and to the Botswana Government’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks for their assistance, including allowing us the use of the Botswana Wildlife Training Institute for the workshop.