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UniPID – Finnish University Partnership for International Development (2016)

Quantifying and characterising poison use in the communal farmlands of Namibia

Poison Farmers Namibia

UniPID – Finnish University Partnership for International Development

Titre : Quantifying and characterising poison use in the communal farmlands of Namibia

Pays/Région : Namibie

Durée : 1.9.2016 - 1.9.2017

Résumé
Farmers using poison to control livestock predators is a major threat to vulture populations in Namibia and across Africa. In order to develop effective conservation strategies, it is important to understand the socio-ecological drivers that trigger poison use by farmers. While we know what these drivers are on the commercial farms of Namibia, the situation in the communal farmlands is not well understood. We aim to interview communal farmers in order to understand how frequently, why, which and how poisons are used. We will also assess the perception of communal farmers towards vultures and their conservation.

Institution : Finnish Museum of Natural History Department of Biosciences Helsinki, Finland

Partenaires  : Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology University of Cape Town, Vultures Namibia

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