A Conversation about Conservation

The continued survival of the continent’s indigenous fauna and flora is intrinsically intertwined with the wellbeing of the communities with which they share the land.

Although wildlife tourism has, to varying degrees, benefitted rural communities living adjacent to protected areas, the development of long-term and sustainable livelihood opportunities that support, rather than hinder wildlife conservation, remains a challenge. Today, any candid discussion regarding the conservation of Africa's wildlife and natural ecosystems that does consider the needs of the local communities living within or in close proximity to wilderness areas, remains incomplete.

An estimated 60% of Africa’s wildlife has been lost in the last 40 years. The cause of this continent-wide decline has been attributed mainly to the encroachment of a rapidly increasing human population on wildlife habitats, resulting in habitat loss, unsustainable hunting practices, commercial and subsistence poaching, and illegal wildlife trade.

The sustainable development of agroforestry-based, community owned micro-enterprise, whereby Africa’s indigenous and naturalised flora are cultivated, harvested and traded by community members, has the potential to play an essential role in rural community economic and social development. This approach will reduce the incentives to engage in wildlife poaching, deforestation activity and illegal wildlife trade.

Indlovu Aerial Trust

Indlovu Aerial Trust is a registered South African non-profit organisation (NPO  No. IT000118/2018(N)) focusing on conservation and eco-commerce projects.

PELAFORCE™ and Indlovu Aerial Trust have partnered closely on the development of sustainable and equitable supply chains for wild-harvested raw materials in southern Africa including baobab fruit from Mozambique, marula nut from eSwatini and Pelargonium root from Lesotho.

The Indlovu Aerial Trust approach to conservation through  community development was seeded while operating in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park as part of a WWF-funded, drone assisted anti-poaching and human-wildlife conflict initiative.

The PELAFORCE™ strategy team is determined to make a tangible difference to the lives of rural communities and the wildlife they share the African wilderness with. Learning from the successes and failures of previous anti-poaching, conservation and community development projects, Quin Clark, Dane Poulsen, Caitlin Gilfillan and Ché-Lee Parker set out to develop, promote and deliver a sustainable business strategy that would directly benefit wildlife conservation and the concurrent livelihoods of rural African communities, while providing economic opportunities to rural communities.

While sharing a common passion for Africa's people and wildlife, each team member brings a unique set of skills and personal accomplishments to the programme. The team's diverse cultural, academic and professional backgrounds, in addition to individual experience and capability, have culminated in a talented and capable group with the range of skills necessary to make this programme both effective and successful.