Humans and wildlife have coexisted for millennia in Botswana’s Okavango Delta region. Over the generations, unique cultural adaptations were developed to address the competing interests of wild animal populations and domesticated livestock.
Unfortunately, recent cultural shifts in values have meant that the lessons and wisdom from previous generations are being abandoned resulting in poor land management and human-wildlife conflict. The Great Plains Foundation seeks to reverse this trend by revitalizing indigenous knowledge and the successful approaches to livestock herding developed over many generations. Through a series of courses, led by subject matter experts, local farmers are re-introduced to the wisdom of their forbearers and encouraged to apply these lessons to their current practices.