Olarro Conservancy manager shot with an arrow

The majority of conservation in Africa is carried out by Caucasians coming into a country and either buying land, or leasing it from the local people, to reserve it exclusively for wildlife.

Here at the Nashulai Conservancy, we have a completely different approach; we are a locally owned and managed conservancy who leases land from our own people, and we promote a MIXED-USE model of conservation. This means that the local people live among the wildlife (as it has been for thousands of years) and biodiversity in both plant life and wildlife is supported, while poverty in the local people is reversed.

The current majority ‘top down approach‘ to conservation is not the best solution – as can be seen here with the conflict at Olarro Conservancy – where a conservancy manager has been shot through the cheek with an arrow.

This is a neighboring conservancy (near Nashulai) managed by investors from South Africa, whom I understand have made a lopsided agreement with the local community.

The aggrieved local community, who leased their land to the conservancy, has been denied access for their cattle to the only source of water (the Roble river).

It is really wrong to shoot at livestock, as this is like kicking your host in the face!

There should be community involvement with wildlife conservancies, as local people usually have tried-and-tested solutions to address key challenges like water issues.

This is one of the reasons the Nashulai Conservancy works so well – and other communities are waiting for their lease agreements to expire so that they can join Nashulai!