Working across political and geographic boundaries and engaging communities to protect wildlife and habitat, reduce human-wildlife conflict and promote sustainable livelihoods.
Purpose and Expanded Mission Statement:
Conservation Beyond Borders works across geographic borders, emerging market sectors and political boundaries, integrating human behavior, scientific research, socio-economics and technology to advance the conservation and protection of wildlife and to promote biodiversity. We do this in collaboration with local stake-holders and policy-makers, providing science-driven research and tools necessary to reduce human-wildlife conflict and to protect the world’s most endangered species.
Conservation Beyond Borders promotes informed decision-making, by constructing and providing feasible conservation strategies that reduce human-wildlife conflict, protect endangered species, and preserve traditional lifestyles. We focus on local capacity-building, promote economic development at the grassroots level, provide the platform for engaging in emerging markets, and strive to ensure ecological, social, and financial sustainability and stability.
We accomplish this by:
- Equipping local, regional, national, and multinational decision-makers with quantified risk-assessments of the conservation and socio-economic implications of various wildlife and land management policies
- Working in communities to engage local people in decision-making processes and promoting traditional lifestyles
- Providing educational resources for youth that raise awareness of the value of native wildlife
- Creating opportunities for communities where we work to develop viable economic futures
- Providing research-based, innovative solutions that help to create policies for wildlife protection and sustainability
- Developing projects that ensure clean water and protect crops in villages where we work
Primary examples include:
- Construct Bayesian Networks that identify tradeoffs in alternate wildlife management practices
- Translocate rhinos across political borders to “safe” havens in Southern Africa
- Providing scientific reasoning for rural development based on the sustainability of tiger corridors in India
- Introduce clean water facilities and behaviors to waterborne pathogens in West Africa
- Utilize Game Theory, Communal Pool Resources (CPR), and the Tragedy of the Commons theorems as the infrastructure for local capacity building and community integration into emerging markets in Fiji (Pacific Ocean), Lakshadweep Islands (Indian Ocean), and Lake Victoria (Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania)