Projects

Developing African Conservation Leaders

Future leaders in environment and conservation are key to leading policy and implementation of natural resource management in Africa. Young people within such organisations’ are often not involved in developing management strategies or management decisions, due primarily to the top down nature of running most of the formal conservation agencies and NGOs. 

Through this programme, we identify and develop young conservation professionals and have them mentored by existing conservation professionals. At the same time, we facilitate a change management process within conservation organisations’ that adapts decision-making from a vertical to a more horizontal process. This allows for inputs from these young professionals – contributing innovative solutions to current and future conservation challenges.

Environmental Sustainability Agency, the ESA, Developing African Conservation Leaders, Developing agri-wildlife hubs, Inclusive rural economic development, Localising supply chain, conservation leaders, clive poultney,

“Like the rest of the world, conservation organisations are having to deal with the fast-changing reality of a world impacted by lockdowns, shrinking revenues and the need to keep an essential work force safely deployed. The ones that thrive post-Covid are going to be the ones that are the most agile, responsive and value-driven, which is why strong leadership skills are more important than ever.” Clive Poultney.

Environmental Sustainability Agency, the ESA, Developing African Conservation Leaders, Developing agri-wildlife hubs, Inclusive rural economic development, Localising supply chain, conservation leaders, clive poultney,
Environmental Sustainability Agency, the ESA, Developing African Conservation Leaders, Developing agri-wildlife hubs, Inclusive rural economic development, Localising supply chain, conservation leaders, clive poultney,
Environmental Sustainability Agency, the ESA, Developing African Conservation Leaders, Developing agri-wildlife hubs, Inclusive rural economic development, Localising supply chain, conservation leaders, clive poultney,
Environmental Sustainability Agency, the ESA, Developing African Conservation Leaders, Developing agri-wildlife hubs, Inclusive rural economic development, Localising supply chain, conservation leaders, clive poultney,

Inclusive rural economic development

While South Africa has made progress on land redistribution and restitution, rural areas still have high levels of poverty and inequality, and it’s hard for people to break out of that cycle.  Agricultural development is a key opportunity to both improve food security, and ignite rural economies through  job creation, and poverty alleviation. In areas with rich natural assets, there are opportunities for rural development to support people without negative consequences for biodiversity.

Developing agri-wildlife hubs

This approach involves developing parcels of community-owned land and establishing sustainable food production businesses; setting up and supporting the value and supply chain enterprises and securing offtake agreements into markets – locally and internationally. These businesses reduce poverty and improve food security for rural communities, whilst establishing a sustainable rural agri-wildlife economy that people and wildlife benefit from.

Localising supply chain

Local agricultural production is well placed to be one of the key drivers of a green economy as many agricultural activities potentially offer solutions to the social, economic and environmental challenges many rural people in South Africa live with. There are opportunities for agriculture to provide livelihoods and food security. As well as keeping people fed and healthy, it’s an exciting, sustainable business opportunity for rural people.