Tangible benefits are an important motivator of support for local conservation efforts. To maximize the long-term benefits that communities receive from the land they set aside for protection, Honeyguide partners with Wildlife Management Areas and other local bodies to create sustainable business strategies.
Leadership that is transparent, accountable, professional, and performance-driven will be effective and seen as legitimate by relevant stakeholders. Honeyguide trains local leaders in best practices to reinforce support for the management and governance teams.
Honeyguide uses several forms of communication, such as films and publications, to inform community members of the goals and roles of Wildlife Management Areas. When people are aware of the positive effects of conservation, they are more likely to become direct participants in local efforts.
If wildlife is no longer seen as threatening people’s livelihoods, its protection carries fewer costs. We provide adaptable, affordable interventions that reduce and pacify human-wildlife conflicts to shift communities’ perceptions of wildlife from that of a threat to a long-term asset.
In contrast to “fortress conservation,” Honeyguide uses a participatory approach to wildlife and habitat protection. For this to succeed—which previous results show it does—our other programs must be implemented effectively. With community support, residents act as informants for highly professional teams of rangers.