Pathways Africa 2018
ACK staff took part in this year’s Pathways Africa 2018 in Windhoek, Namibia. Evans Odundo took part in the pre-training programme aimed at empowering upcoming conservation leaders in project management, conflict mitigation and project promotion. The main conference was themed “Integrating human dimensions into fisheries and wildlife management”. We presented three papers on national cheetah survey (Noreen Mutoro), digital data (Mary Wykstra) and deterrent lights (Chris Lentaam). All four staff members took part in the post conference training held at our parent organization, Cheetah Conservation Fund. Evans spent much of his time with the coordinator of CCF’s detection dog project sharing and learning about the methods of detection. Lentaam gained the most from the livestock management portion of the training, and learning about the use of dogs in livestock protection. Noreen spent a little extra time with the research team in the lab where genetics and hair analysis work is similar to ours. Mary worked with Dr. Marker on the upcoming collaborations in cheetah genetics and livelihood enhancement through bush clearing and sustainable energy resources similar to CCF’s Bush Block. It was not all work though… the team interacted at evening events with people from all regions of the world to share culture and dance. On our final night we enjoyed a beautiful view of Windhoek from the Museum restaurant.