SAV­ING WILDLIFE STARTS WITH PEO­PLE

ZSL is work­ing with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in Nepal to help build sus­tain­able fu­tures – and pro­tect the wildlife around them

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - ADVERTISEM­ENT FEATURE -

The idea of peo­ple and an­i­mals liv­ing side by side is idyl­lic. You might imag­ine lus­cious forests with ele­phants munch­ing on leaves as peo­ple walk past go­ing about their busi­ness. But, in re­al­ity, life in the border­lands can be tough. In Nepal, com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing on the edge of na­tional parks are do­ing just that: liv­ing on the edge – when a herd of ele­phants tram­ples pre­cious crops or a tiger at­tacks live­stock, fam­i­lies lose the lit­tle they have.

Poverty and un­em­ploy­ment force many peo­ple into the forests, risk­ing their lives to gather fire­wood and graze cat­tle. In do­ing so, they dam­age the frag­ile habi­tats around them, and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween peo­ple and an­i­mals is now be­ing pushed to break­ing point, with ecosys­tems left hang­ing in the balance.

It’s not the peace­ful oa­sis you imag­ine but, with a help­ing hand, things can change. Fam­i­lies are ready to lift them­selves out of poverty, build bet­ter lives, and cher­ish the forests they love.

CHANGE FOR GOOD

In­ter­na­tional con­ser­va­tion char­ity ZSL is work­ing with com­mu­ni­ties to set up sus­tain­able ways to make a liv­ing. By start­ing up dairies, tai­lor shops, beauty sa­lons, guest­houses and eco-tours, peo­ple are no longer forced to rely on the for­est’s re­sources, giv­ing it space to re­grow. And when the for­est flour­ishes, lo­cal wildlife like ele­phants, rhi­nos and tigers re­turn, help­ing the ecosys­tems to thrive.

What’s more, with starter loans, skill train­ing and new fenc­ing to pro­tect cat­tle and crops, th­ese com­mu­ni­ties are em­pow­ered to build bet­ter fu­tures both for them­selves and for the wildlife around them.

Your do­na­tions will help wildlife through sci­ence, ed­u­ca­tion and con­ser­va­tion whilst matched fund­ing from the UK gov­ern­ment will help com­mu­ni­ties in Nepal and Kenya to build sus­tain­able liveli­hoods, es­cape poverty and pro­tect their wildlife.

FAM­I­LIES ARE READY TO LIFT THEM­SELVES OUT OF POVERTY, BUILD BET­TER LIVES, AND CHER­ISH THE FORESTS THEY LOVE

With your sup­port ZSL can help even more peo­ple cre­ate in­de­pen­dent liveli­hoods and pro­tect wildlife in Nepal – and ex­tend this work to Kenya. Give be­fore 31 De­cem­ber 2019 and the UK gov­ern­ment will match ev­ery pound do­nated, up to £2million, dou­bling the dif­fer­ence you can make to peo­ple and en­dan­gered an­i­mals.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.