HERDING 4 HEALTH
Africa’s savanna rangelands account for approximately half of the sub-Saharan terrestrial landscape and are composed of an intricate socio-ecological mosaic of agro-pastoralist livelihoods and wildlife populations, setting a complex stage for conservation and rural development efforts. The H4H model was developed to address the complexity that arises on the human-livestock-wildlife interface in Africa through methods that are simple yet practical, integrated, and holistic, and acceptable to communities living with wildlife as well as to policymakers, conservationists, and development aid agencies. The H4H model focuses on the health of rangelands, animals (wild and domestic), communities and governance and aims to demonstrate how improved communication and collaboration across multidisciplinary fields from science, business, policy, and development can come together to implement the shared goals of poverty alleviation, conservation, sustainable rangeland management. The H4H program operates across the SADC region and provides a platform for fundraising for partners and training programs geared towards the development to capacitate traditional herders with professional skills in human-wildlife conflict mitigation, rangeland restoration, record keeping, disease mitigation and livestock management best practices. The H4H program in Habu is supported by two grant-funded projects in partnership with Conservation International:
DEMONSTRATING COMMODITY- BASED TRADE IMPLEMENTATION IN BOTSWANA FOR THE BENEFIT OF PEOPLE AND NATURE funded by the EU; and
PRO-NATURE ENTERPRISES FOR THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA funded by the French Development Agency (AFD).