Helping save species means investing in communities and empowering them to live alongside wildlife. A review of older SOS projects indicates there is no one-size fits all solution however.
Wildlife tourism and ecotourism represent interesting opportunities for local communities to boost their income-generating potential whilst also safeguarding the conservation of species. The Sunakhari buffer zone community in Nepal is one such example.
Shifting from conflict to coexistence with wildlife is possible. But it requires creative and inclusive solutions that balance the needs of species, habitats and communities alike.
Forest cover in Madagascar is estimated to be only 10% of its original extent. This is of critical importance to Malagasy communities and wild species including Madagascar’s 113 lemur species.
Approaching conservation as a holistic and inclusive practice can deliver longer-lasting solutions to help people shift from conflict to coexistence with nature.