Nelson Mandela, The King of Spain and Melissa Bachman…

This weeks blog title sounds like I’m about to tell you a joke, but I’m not. What do Nelson Mandela, the King of Spain and Melissa Bachman have in common? They have all hunted wild animals in Africa at some point. Yes – shot with a rifle and killed antelope (a blesbok in Madela’s case), … Continue reading Nelson Mandela, The King of Spain and Melissa Bachman…

Is the trade in Wildlife Products Sustainable?

I’ve just read a new report by a group of British academics which criticises the economic arguments around trading in wildlife products. The problems with rhino poaching in South Africa form a backdrop to the report. I’m going to dig down into some of the problems with the Leverhulme report, but let me start by … Continue reading Is the trade in Wildlife Products Sustainable?

Towards an African Epistemology of Nature

Epistemology – now there’s a word you don’t encounter in every day conversation! It simply means a set of beliefs about the world which inform our perception of reality. In a formal sense it’s the study of knowledge – the study of epistemology investigates the origin, nature, methods and limits of human knowledge. So what … Continue reading Towards an African Epistemology of Nature

Managing Common Pool Resources Sustainably: It’s a matter of trust.

When the Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences in 2009, it was huge boost for the study of Common Pool Resources (CPR) like fisheries, forests, grazing lands and water resources. It gave the field new relevance and injected a bolt of¬†enthusiasm into studies of how rural communities all over the word use … Continue reading Managing Common Pool Resources Sustainably: It’s a matter of trust.