The Ford Wildlife Foundation gifts the People in Conservation (PIC) Programme with a Ford Ranger. This programme is focused on environmental challenges and the welfare of locals and with a help of this Double Cab, the team will be able to assist the community for the next two years.
“Our People in Conservation (PIC) Programme places people at the heart of conservation, both in terms of fostering partnerships and collaborations to address these challenges, but also to ensure that people across socio-economic strata benefit through conservation,” says Jenny Botha, EWT People in Conservation programme manager.
“We are grateful for the Ford Wildlife Foundation’s support of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s People in Conservation Programme through the provision of the Ford Ranger,” Botha says. “Having a reliable and robust vehicle is essential as we spend a lot of time on the road travelling to communities across South Africa.
“This vehicle will enable us to implement critically important projects across the country to address not only environmental challenges but also contribute to the well-being of people living in our areas of operation,” she adds. “The vision of our programme is a world in which resilient communities thrive alongside nature’, and this vehicle will go a long way towards helping us realize that vision.”
The programme is working hard to develop water controlling and agricultural growth, to stop wildlife wrongdoing, to implement sustainable natural resource usage as well as job creation within the community. They also have an impact at the school level concentrating on science-based subjects.
“All of these initiatives are even more critical now that people in these areas are experiencing extensive job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Botha states. “This exacerbates the already high levels of poverty, which in turn may lead to increased impacts on the environment as people turn to natural resources to survive.”
The Ford Wildlife Foundation supports other initiatives with the loan of Rangers. A few of these include the Drylands Conservation Programme; Cheetah Metapopulation Project; Wildlife and Transport Programme; Threatened Amphibian Programme; Carnivore Conservation Programme; and the SA Cranes, Communities, and Wetlands Project.
“Engaging, educating and involving communities in protecting our threatened habitats and species is crucial to ensure we preserve our rich natural heritage and develop a culture of conservation and sustainability,” says Lynda du Plessis, manager of the FWF. “The work that the EWT People in Conservation team does is vital for our future, and we are proud to be able to support them with a Ford Ranger to help them reach more people across South Africa.”