Pathways Africa 2018 conference

Namibia's Minister of Environment and Tourism to address participants at Pathways Africa 2018 conference

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Pohamba Penomwenyo Shifeta, Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism (MET), will address the more than 175 conference participants at the 2018 Pathways Africa Conference on 9 January. The theme of the four-day event is “Living with Wildlife” and explores the issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist. The conference takes place from 8 to 11, January 2018 at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia, and is open to the public. Day registration is available on site at the Safari Conference Centre

The goal of the Pathways Africa 2018 conference is to provide a forum for scientists and practitioners to address topics critical to understanding human dimensions science and its application in wildlife conservation. Nine symposia sessions developed by conservation leaders in the non-profit, government and academic sectors are set to take place during the conference and among them, include “New Frontiers and Innovations in Human Dimensions of Wildlife Research in Africa”, “Human-carnivore conflicts in Africa and Europe: similarities and differences”, “Living with Giraffe: Conserving Africa’s Towers”, “Coexistence, tolerance or acceptance? Understanding and defining positive human-wildlife interactions”, and “Use of Traditional and Cultural Tools in Conservation”. The symposia sessions are supported by engaging lectures from researchers and practitioners representing 28 countries.

The Pathways Africa conference will be preceded by a three-day training workshop for early and mid-career field staff taking place 6 to 8 January at the same venue. The purpose of the workshop is to build capacity for natural resource management across Africa. Forty-five applicants from Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Algeria, South Africa, Somaliland, Zambia, and other several other African nations have been awarded scholarships to attend the workshop and conference.

Pathways Africa 2018 is co-sponsored by Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resource Management/Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in cooperation with the Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia (LCMAN), the Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF), and the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Sponsors are USAID East Africa; WWF Namibia; WWF The Russell E. Train Education and Nature Program; First National Bank; Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST); Cincinnati Zoo; Windhoek Lager; Go Green Fund of NedBank; San Diego Zoo Global; Geka Pharma; African Wildlife Foundation (AWF); Air Namibia; Chelsea Fashions, and Waltons Stationary. LCMAN, NNF and MET have been instrumental partners in bringing Pathways Africa 2018 to Namibia along with CSU and CCF.

“Biodiversity is the foundation of a healthy ecosystem, and humans are a part of that equation. We are pleased to host Pathways Africa 2018 in Namibia, where we can bring Africa’s wildlife managers and conservation policy leaders together with researchers and academics from around the world to share ideas and learn from each other”, said Dr Laurie Marker, Founder and Executive Director of CCF and a lead conference organiser.  
 
For more information about Pathways Africa 2018 and to download a schedule of events, please visit https://sites.warnercnr.colostate.edu/pathways-africa/.

Media are invited to cover. Please contact Dr Laurie Marker at director@cheetah.org or (+264) (0) 811247887 to RSVP in advance of the conference. To register on site, media must provide press credentials or photo identification with a letter of assignment. All media must check-in at the Registration Table upon arrival at the Safari Conference Centre.

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