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A systems-thinking analysis of predator conflict management on selected SA farms

Tim Snow, consultant in the fields of wildlife poisoning prevention and conflict management, as well as in all forms of wildlife management released a study on “A Systems-Thinking Based Evaluation of Predator Conflict Management on Selected South African Farms”.  Who is Tim Snow?

Through evaluation of predator conflict management methods from a systems thinking perspective, and by probing learning processes, the shortcomings or failure of inappropriate management responses to conflict situations were shown to exacerbate conflicts. Contrarily, it was illustrated that application of systems thinking and a process of addressing the root cause of conflict issues in predator conflict management, was a longer term solution. The study illustrated that application of long term proactive prevention and conflict avoidance principles, can offer long term solutions for predator conflict managers.  Read the full study.


Phd opportunity in southern Free State

PhD candidate required to investigate, "Spatio-Temporal and dietary overlap between Black-backed Jackal and Caracal in a small-stock farming area in the southern Free State". 

A collaborative project between UNISA (Dept. of Environmental Sciences - Nature Conservation) and the National Museum, Bloemfontein. Read here.


Scientific assessment (PredSA)

PRED SA OUTCOMES:  Eyes on better leadership and policy in predation management 

The first scientific assessment of predation on livestock in South Africa (Pred SA) is almost complete.  The assessment, which started with fundraising six years ago, and which was well underway by 2016, is a first of its kind globally, and it is exciting to be able to claim it as a South African product.  

Wool farmer article by Dr. Dave Balfour - July 2018 



During the NWGA national congress mid June 2018, Prof. Graham Kerley, Nelson Mandel University announced that the scientific assessment for livestock predation and its management in South Africa has been completed and awaiting the signatures of both ministers for Environmental Affairs and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, before it can be printed and launched.  He elaborated on the content of the assessment and highlighted what the 9 chapters consist of. 

The outcomes of the assessment are the following:

  • Comprehensive assessment is a global first. When speaking to international agencies, they are able to ascertain that farmers are responsible in taking a scientific and robust approach in managing predators.
  • Economic impacts may be relatively small in terms of GDP, but high at the individual farmer scale, with impacts on the rural economy, employment and food security.
  • Commercial and communal livestock farmers face similar predation challenges
  • There is no simple solution to managing livestock predation, therefore there is no silver bullet.
  • Legislation and regulations need an overhaul. It is important to note that the book is policy informative and not policy prescriptive and that members need to engage with policy makers.
  • Adaptive management approach needed to better the use of existing information
  • Collaborative relationship between livestock managers, researchers and policy makers

Click here for full presentation notes.



The need for and value of a scientific assessment

Science can and must provide valid inputs into the challenges and policy needs of livestock predation management in South Africa through the PredSA scientific assessment process.  Furthermore, it is predicted that PredSA will give a much needed boost to building trans disciplinary research capacity and raise the standards of research on livestock predation and management in South Africa.  Click here for 3-page Commentary paper.

A link to the manuscript.