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Junior Fellowship for Dr. Ruth Kansky: Sustainable human-wildlife coexistence in the Anthropocene: The Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area in Southern Africa

Initiative: Wissen für morgen – Kooperative Forschungsvorhaben im subsaharischen Afrika (beendet)
Ausschreibung: Postdoctoral Fellowships on Livelihood Management, Reforms and Processes of Structural Change
Bewilligung: 15.02.2017
Laufzeit: 3 Jahre


This project aims to produce community wildlife management plans in a Wildlife Dispersal Area of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA). It will address a key question of the Anthopocene: How can humans and wildlife coexist in the face of globalization? KAZA TFCA is an initiative of five countries in Southern Africa that aims to conserve viable populations of wild animals as well as improve the livelihoods of the 2.7 million local residents. Driven by globalization, climate change and population growth, KAZA faces multifaceted sustainability challenges, including negative impacts of wild animals on rural livelihoods. Using interdisciplinary and transdiciplinary approaches, the project will work with local stakeholders to broaden and deepen their understanding of the systems they live in, seeking to create new and flexible institutions that facilitate living with wildlife. Firstly, surveys will be conducted to understand wildlife impacts on livelihoods and factors driving tolerance of people to wildlife. Next, a series of social learning workshops will be conducted with a representative selection of stakeholders that will include participatory mapping and scenarioplanning to envision futures for the landscape. These workshops will build capacity and produce knowledge to enable different worldviews and knowledge systems to be shared. Lastly, wildlife management plans will be co-produced with stakeholders. Academically, this research will contribute new tools and frameworks that can be applied across different landscapes and cultures. Practically, the project will empower communities and conservation managers to sustainably manage human-wildlife interactions by fostering understanding and improved wellbeing.


  • Prof. Dr. Eva Schlecht

    Universität Göttingen
    Fakultät für Agrarwissenschaften
    Department für Nutztierwissenschaften
    Abteilung Tierhaltung in den Tropen und Subtropen

  • Dr. Ruth Kansky

    Stellenbosch University
    Faculty of AgriScience
    Conservation Ecology and Entomology

  • Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Schareika

    Universität Göttingen
    Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Institut für Ethnologie

  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Bürkert

    Universität Kassel
    FB 11: Ökologische Agrarwissenschaften
    Fachgebiet Ökologischer Pflanzenbau und Agraröko-
    systemforschung in den Tropen und Subtropen

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