Things change. Circumstances change. And with every change comes the necessity to challenge the status quo and review the approaches that were previously thought effective. In the conservation world, global changes and dynamics have brought to light certain shortcomings in the approaches that have been considered the most effective so far. There is therefore an urgent to re-evaluate the current practices and certainly opt for more adaptive and innovative approaches to conservation efforts.
In this light, Uvumbuzi Africa recognizes the need for positive, disruptive change to the conservation industry.
The use of new media as a key strategy for the implementation of our objectives, coupled with the focus on the youth in conservation leadership, are some of the avenues in which Uvumbuzi Africa aims to bring positive, disruptive change to the conservation space. Bringing a spin to the status quo in the conservation industry by advocating for the active involvement of youth in policy, decision making and conservation leadership is the solution to the current stalemates and shortcomings being experienced in the sector.
Our flagship program “Sauti Za Conservation”, an online web series, profiles, features and links various stakeholders, professionals, individuals and enthusiasts in the environmental conservation sphere whose voices have largely gone unheard or have not received the attention or audience they deserve. It also aims to promote citizen driven environmental conservation, protection and governance through advocacy and the use of new media.
Our Picnic Conversations on Conservation (PiCCs) program, in line with our motto “Conservation by Discovery”, allows participants (mostly youth and women) to discover natural habitats and wildlife as they have open, interactive, fun and meaningful conversations in a natural habitat, biodiversity hub or heritage site. This consequently inspires them to engage in protection of nature and stewardship of the environment.
Our approach or overall aim is to inspire conservation organizations and vital stakeholders to see the potential of new methods that can facilitate achievement of our collective conservation goals, especially in light of the fact that the challenges facing conservation seemingly evolve faster than the current mitigation strategies.