Capacity Building

Education, capacity building and empowerment of local people are top priorities for the project. We conduct regular education and outreach activities, such as DVD nights and community meetings, to improve local knowledge of carnivore ecology, conservation and how best to reduce attacks. All project staff apart from the PI are Tanzanian, and we train all staff to equip them with new skills in conservation and research. We are very committed to Tanzanian capacity building – one of our research assistants is completing his undergraduate degree, another enrolled in a Masters degree programme in 2012, and another completed his University of Oxford Postgraduate Diploma in International Conservation Practice. We hope that in 5 years time at least 2 of our Tanzanian assistants will be undertaking PhDs, therefore significantly improving Tanzanian scientific capacity.

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