During a participatory planning workshop, that was held by CCB in October/November 2017, members of both villages identified key social, developmental, and environmental challenges faced by their communities, and also drew a vision for their future that they’re hoping to achieve with CCB’s support. This year in June, a team from CCB then engaged in a second visit for a feedback meeting. They presented the outcome of the initial workshop for validation by the communities and received further important input during open and fruitful discussions in both villages. These successful meetings have laid the foundation for further cooperation and connections can now also be made with other organizations to cover issues such as a diversification of income away from a pure reliance on livestock farming.
CCB’s research team then also took part in the agenda and introduced their goals and methodologies for research on cheetah ecology and mitigation measures that will help to reduce the human-wildlife conflict in this crucial wildlife corridor. The participants followed this with great interest, especially the presentation of devices such as camera traps and GPS-collars, which will be used to monitor both wildlife and cattle in the area.
After two productive days both CCB and the two communities of Bere and Kacgae are grateful for the other’s interest and support. It is our common goal to preserve this important wildlife corridor by improving livelihoods in this rural area and we are looking forward to the continuation of this constructive relationship!