Conservation Workshop 2019
Tourism Supporting Conservation (TOSCO Trust) is partnering with EHRA, ELOOLO Permaculture and SNAKES OF NAMIBIA to proposed 1 free* Conservation workshop in the year for all Leopard and Lion TOSCO members.
The Conservation Workshop guarantee funds to these organizations to continue with the great job they are doing and at the same time, these workshops grants support training with a strong hands-on learning component that will help your staff understand these organizations better.
Depending on the workshop your organization chooses, TOSCO Trust will sponsor all or half of the workshop cost.
PEACE Project – EHRA
Tourism in Namibia is continuously growing, with international interest in the desert-adapted elephants higher than ever. The pressure through tourism on the animals also is increasing steadily, creating a challenge for sustainable elephant conservation. Uncontrolled elephant tourism in areas where elephants share their living space and natural resources with humans can have severe impacts on the relationship between the elephants and the people living with them. We train tour guides and tourism employees to be responsible and aware of the long-term effects their actions can have on elephants and the environment as a whole.
The goal is to make tour guides and tourism employees aware of the importance of responsible tourism and how bad behaviour towards elephants can have long-term effects on elephant conservation. We aim to create a network of well-trained guides who prioritize the well-being of the animals and the environment before personal gain, thereby reducing the risk of triggering further human-elephant conflicts.
Being in constant touch with international visitors, tour guides play an important role in educating the public about conservation and environmental responsibilities. They can set a strong example for tourists, especially self-drivers, by encouraging them to stick to the guidelines and helping them understand why those are in place.
- History of elephants (evolution)
- Elephant basics (biology, physiology, communication etc.)
- Elephant conservation – International & national threats to elephants (with focus on desert-adapted elephants)
- How do our actions affect elephant conservation?
- Know your elephants (elephant identification)
- Understand your elephants (advanced elephant behaviour)
- Practical (2 nights) – elephant tracking, ID, responsible approaching, responsible camping activities
The training is for 5 days, with participants arriving on a Monday and leaving around lunch time Friday, depending on time needed to find and observe elephants and practice approaching them in the best possible manner for the safety and respect of all involved. We will provide all the food, but everyone must bring their own bedding, drinks and snacks for the week, plus cutlery, plates, cups and chairs. Teams of participants will take turns cooking and cleaning up for the whole group. This creates great fun and team-building for the participants. Every tour guide is asked to pay N$1500 to join the training. This covers all operational costs of the training.
- Tour companies should bring their own 4×4 vehicles. We might be able to provide one or two safari vehicles, depending on the date of the training.
- Group size: Min. 8 people, Max. 25 people
- Venue: EHRA Base Camp at the Ugab River
- Language: English. Translation into Afrikaans, Otjiherero and German possible.
Snakes of Namibian – Introduction of the
Snakes of Namibia was established in December 2013 and consists of various volunteers that mitigate conflict between humans-snakes. In 2015 Snakes of Namibia formed a partnership with the Namibia university of Science and Technology in order to research the underlying issue of human-snake conflict in Namibia.
A paper titled ‘A spatial and Temporal assessment of snakes in Windhoek” was published in December 2018. Currently our goal is to look at the effects of relocation on snakes in Namibia this project will start in February 2019 and aims to come up with sustainable and proven conservation methods. All funds raised from courses and awareness talks directly contribute to our on-going research projects.
Snakes of Namibia have developed a variety of snake handling and awareness courses of the last couple of years, because snakes often come into conflict with humans it is important that we equip the public with knowledge on Identification, First aid and handling of dangerous snakes. The course to be hosted by TOSCO will deal with key identification characteristics, biology, myths and first aid of Namibia’ most common snakes. Candidates that successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of attendance.
Eloolo Permaculture- Introduction to growing food & trees
Permaculture is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and strength of natural eco-systems. It is a harmonious combination of land and people in supplying their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without sustainable agriculture there is no possibility of a sustainable human culture
Intro – What is Permaculture and why in context with growing food and trees.
Growing food – Namibia specific and dryland basics Practical – getting your hands dirty!
Q&A, resources and networking Duration: 4h.
TOSCO will cover the integrality of the cost