Namibia Sand Dunes

Pathways Africa 2018 Theme: Living with Wildlife


In Namibia and across Africa many people are living with wildlife, including predators and large mammals. Some are reaping benefits while others experience conflict. As human developments expand and encroach upon wildlands and wildlife habitat, interactions between humans and wild animals can have serious impacts for both wildlife and human livelihoods. This conference and training program will explore the opportunities and challenges that arise. Pathways Africa aims to bring conservationists, scientists, government, and community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) managers together, including invited guests and representatives from around the world. We will address the challenges and complexities of wildlife coexisting in human-dominated landscapes.

Pathways is a conference and training program designed to address the myriad issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner. We invite you to join us in this critical wildlife conservation effort. Our mission is to increase professionalism and effectiveness in the human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife management and governance.

We encourage presentations that fall within the 2018 conference theme, but this is not a requirement. The conference organizers have drafted a list of potential key topics areas that we hope will inspire the conference program. These are potential areas for sessions, panels or individual papers. When you submit your abstract you will be asked to identify the three key topics that best fit your presentation. These topics will be used to place your abstract in an appropriate session if your submission is not part of an organized session. The list below contains both narrow and broad topics, and is intended as a set of examples, not an exhaustive list or one that is meant to imply limits on topics.

Key Topics:

The Changing Nature of Wildlife Conservation
Social-Ecological Systems/Coupled Human-Natural Systems
Wildlife Trafficking/Demand Reduction
Engaging with the Public
Wildlife, Tourism, and Recreation
Landscape Connectivity
Invasive Species
Human-Wildlife Conflict
Socio-economic Stresses
Changing demographics and Fish and Wildlife Management
Transboundary Species Management
ONE Health
Hunting and Fishing
Nonconsumptive Use
Community-Based Conservation
Cognitive Research (Values, Attitudes, Behaviors)
Collaborative Conservation
Linking Science to Action
Communication and Education
Fish and Wildlife Governance (e.g. decentralization, corruption)
Policy and Legislation
Improving HDFW Science
Increasing HDFW Capacity
Implications of Global Change
Discourses about Wildlife
Public-Private Partnerships and Corporate Sustainability
Wildlife Ranching
Wildlife in an Ecosystem Services Paradigm
Private Lands Conservation
Conservation Planning and Evaluation

Colorado State University and The Cheetah Conservation Fund are co-hosting the 2018 Pathways Africa Conference and Training in partnership with the Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia and the Namibia Nature Foundation.