Wildlife & Ecological Investments (WEI)
Wildlife & Ecological Investments (WEI) provide support for conservation managers in their fight against biodiversity loss, and help to protect natural resources. This is done through self-funded conservation research in ecologically important areas, environmental education programmes for local communities, and international training courses to inspire the conservationists of tomorrow.
WEI’s applied research projects bring together academics from all over the world to provide conservation managers and provincial governments with an evidence-based framework for decision making in best-practice management. WEI firmly believes that successful conservation programmes must engage with local communities if they are to be sustainable into the future. WEI have developed a number of community support tools, from Community-based Natural Resource Management facilitation workshops, to curriculum-linked Environmental Education courses and school holiday EcoClubs.
HWS and WEI entered into a collaboration in October 2015, which entails providing advice and recommendations on human-wildlife conflict issues on any current WEI projects. Ziggy Rode is also assisting in setting up new research projects in areas that require assistance and are currently not in WEI’s portfolio.
Projects that HWS is currently collaborating on, are based in Dinokeng Game Reserve and Mount Camdeboo Game Reserve. Some of the aims of the Dinokeng project include the establishment of baseline information about the carrying capacity and distribution and dynamics of herbivores. As well as assessment of predator guilds and behaviours within the reserve, and to measure the human-wildlife interface to determine how best to mitigate the interactions. Mount Camdeboo falls within the proclaimed area (by the Department of Environmental Affairs) of the Mountain Zebra-Mount Camdeboo Protected Environment. The long term vision is to establish the Milk River Conservancy in the Sneeuberg valley that will play a key role in the corridor project.