The Pathways Conference is held twice a year to discuss research developments in the environmental and conservation fields. This January’s conference was held under the theme “Living with Wildlife” and prioritised issues of human wildlife conflict as people and wildlife find themselves battling with challenges of sustainable coexistence. The conference was held in Windhoek, Namibia on the 9th - 12th January and was co-hosted by Colorado State University and the Cheetah Conservation Fund from Namibia. Over 200 participants attended the conference from all over the world, including conservationists, wildlife managers, policy makers and students. CCB had the opportunity to present findings from our livestock guarding dog (LGD) research and our research findings from our camera trap surveys in the Ghanzi wildlife management areas. In addition, CCB’s community team members Morulaganyi Kokole and Christopher Mbisana took part in capacity-building workshops held in the lead up to the conference itself. Participants were very excited to hear about our work with LGDs and how they are proving to be an effective first line of defence against predation. People were really impressed about the simplicity of the LGD program, and we also had a lot of positive feedback about CCB programs in general. Overall, it was an exciting platform to share and discuss ideas with key role players in the fields of wildlife from around the world and a great energiser to kick start 2018 with. We are now home, geared up and full of new ideas to tackle the issues of human wildlife conflict at the local level.
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