article / 22 January 2024

Adeeper look into the future of sustainable human-wildlife co-existence

My deepest passion in conservation is in seeing communities at the centre of projects that serve their livelihood interests and needs. My journey as I pursue my MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Kent is coupled with growing curiosity on how research and conservation projects can be tailored around improving livelihoods among communities living with wildlife and safeguarding wildlife habitats. 

My interest has grown in learning about the potential for expanding wildlife economies and the economics of climate change, and how these can be leveraged to improve livelihoods and establish sustainability in wildlife populations. Reforms in research and policy are imperative to make this feasible. Even more so, communities spearheading such initiatives and receiving training. I am now confident enough to experiment and apply a wide range of conservation tech ideas that I was introduced to through the training with the WiCT program and the platform. Writing and grant application skills that I gained, have given me a head start in my studies. Currently, I am exploring the use of different statistic models in my dissertation to come up with a metrics for species vulnerability to overharvesting. I’m excited to dig deep on this subject and  look forward to producing results that can help inform policies locally and internationally. 

Being selected as part of the WiCT programme first cohort in Kenya, opened my mind to the possibilities and potential in me. I am grateful to the WiCT mentors and fellow cohort members, we learnt from each other and cultivated friendships that will serve us in this lifetime.

A take away from the training is that you are capable of what you set your mind to achieve

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