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Jamma’s support of the Morally Contested Conservation

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Jamma's support
of the Morally Contested
Conservation

SUPPORTING THE MCC PROJECT

Jamma recently started supporting a new and interesting project known as the Morally Contested Conservation project, which is looking at morally contested issues affecting the sub-Saharan African people.

The project has since brought four students on board in collaboration with Cornell university, Oxford university, WWF Germany, and other sub-Saharan African partners. The students have been collecting various data on the moral attitudes, beliefs, and policy preferences regarding critical issues in conservation and development and identifying key points of divergence and convergence between rural and urban communities in several sub-Saharan African countries and internationally.

Some of the key questions the project will look at are as follows:

Who gets to make decisions over the sub-Saharan African wildlife and the people? What should successful conservation look like? Whose interests should take priority? How much harm should rural Africans bear in protecting wild animals and their habitats? Are local people part of the problem or part of the solution? Is it acceptable to remove people from their land to create space for wildlife? Which are more important, the rights of local people or the rights of individual animals?

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Jamma International fully supports this project in collaboration with the University of Oxford, Cornell University, and WWF Germany. The focus of this project is primarily on conservation areas in sub-Saharan Africa. The project is meant to crucially enable the inclusion of rural Africans, to better inform conservation and development policies in sub-Saharan Africa and internationally.
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Jamma’s support of the Morally Contested Conservation

Jamma International presents the video of Dr. Moreangels Mbizah’s conservation journey created as part of Resource Africa’s ‘Let Africans Decide’ series.
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Dr. Moreangels Mbizah’s Conservation Journey

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Siana and Oloisukut Conservancies, Kenya

Siana and Oloisukut Conservancies, Kenya

SIANA CONSERVANCY

Jamma International is partnering with WWF to support the development of the Siana and Oloisukut Conservancies, located in the buffer zone around the Maasai Mara Reserve, ensuring both people and wildlife have the opportunities to benefit from this area’s development.

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The Siana and Oloisukut Conservancies are located within wildlife areas near to the Maasai Mara Reserve and are part of important migration routes. The conservancies are home to thousands of people. 


Together with WWF-Kenya, Jamma is working to ensure that the Siana and Oloisukut Conservancies act as a catalyst for local sustainable development, and positively influence the lives of Siana and Oloisukut residents. Our support of the project began in 2015 and we are continuing to support WWF in creating sustainable models that can scale.

Supporting spaces where wildlife and people can coexist.

Land fragmentation is a major conservation challenge. This, among other things, results in increased human-wildlife conflict incidents that are attributed to competition for natural resources. WWF-Kenya, supported by Jamma, is working closely with local communities to realise the benefits of conserving this critical resource through sustainable rangeland management.

Our main focus within the Siana and Oloisukut Conservancies is business and enterprise development, supporting local individuals within the community to help expand opportunities that communities can get involved in and use to support themselves sustainably.

By developing the conservancies’ infrastructure and governance, establishing wildlife monitoring and law enforcement, and supporting community land rights and alternative sources of income, this project can ensure the Siana and Oloisukut  Conservancies are benefiting people and wildlife alike.

Jamma International is partnering with WWF to support the development of the Siana and Oloisukut Conservancies, located on the north-eastern boundary of the Maasai Mara Reserve.

Our work ensures that the conservancy not only secures a vital wildlife corridor for the migration of elephants and wildebeest, but also acts as a catalyst for local sustainable development, and positively influences the lives of Siana residents.
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Siana and Oloisukut Conservancies, Kenya

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that manages 19 national parks and protected areas covering over 14.2 million hectares in Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Jamma International is proud to be supporting African Parks with their sustainable approach to wildlife conservation, economic development and poverty alleviation to ensure that each park is ecologically, socially, and financially sustainable in the long-term.
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Return Africa

RETURNAfrica

RETURN AFRICA

Sustainably protecting Africa’s vast wild parks is something that we at Jamma take very seriously.

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Parfuri, at the far north of the Kruger National Park, is one of Africa’s most spectacular landscapes, where wildlife including elephant, buffalo, and big cats roam free across a transfrontier park that spans three countries. Pafuri is one of South Africa's top birding locations with more than 450 species recorded. 

RETURNAfrica partners with local communities to develop, market and manage high quality visitor and safari experiences at iconic destinations in Southern Africa in a way that benefits all. 

Partnerships that return benefits to the land and all it sustains.

RETURNAfrica works with local communities to create meaningful and sustainable benefits. They provide employment, training and skills development for community members and make direct financial contributions to projects which respond to a range of pressing needs. Eco-friendly amenities and skills development all play their part in nurturing the environment and improving lives. RETURNAfrica’s projects are carefully selected and responsibly governed. Offering unique visitor experiences, RETURNAfrica’s ethos focuses on making local partnerships work for conservation and development.

RETURNAfrica is a safari lodge operator engaging local communities and communal land-dwellers to commercialise rights held by them, and thereby securing the success of local conservation initiatives.

“When you reach the edge of the map and settle into this peaceful corner of Africa, it’s good to know that you are supporting a sustainable form of tourism, one that shows humans and wildlife can share the wilderness, for the benefit of both.” - RETURNAfrica

Resource Africa is an international charity with the mission of ensuring that the basic human right to sustainable use of wildlife and natural resources can be exercised by communities and rural people in southern Africa.

Jamma is supporting Resource Africa to bring a voice to rural communities living alongside wildlife to tell the story of how the equilibrium of sustainable wildlife management and guardianship can be supported and maintained.
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RETURNAfrica operates a safari lodge and two trail camps in Pafuri located in the most northern part of the Kruger National Park, South Africa. After having been driven away from the area at gunpoint in the 1960s the Makuleke people do now, as a result of the South African land restitution process, own the land with freehold title.

Despite this, they continue to live in three villages some 60 km away from Parfuri. Through RETURNAfrica Jamma funds a Drop-in Centre in each village where disadvantaged children can go after school to get a cooked meal and be assisted with their homework. These centres cater for approximately 450 children each day.
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Return Africa

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Khomani San Bushmen School

Khomani San School

Khomani San School

KHOMANI SAN SCHOOL

When the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park was created during the 1930s, the livelihoods and freedom of movement of some of South Africa’s last remaining first peoples, the Khomani San, were curtailed. The new park was fenced in and the inhabitants driven away from their ancestral land. Wildlife was better cared for than people.

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In 1999, the Khomani San community was given ownership of a number of farms outside the small settlement Andriesvale where most of them lived at the time. They also secured access and use rights to some areas inside what is now the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Jamma works with this neglected community to run their own primary school preparing children for life in a diverse school environment while ensuring that traditional knowledge and skills are transferred to the younger generations, enabling the way of life for the Khomani San to continue to develop in today's demanding society.

The holistic Khomani San school programme aims to integrate an up to date curriculum with traditional knowledge to give these children the very best of both and provide them with the life skills and cultural dignity they have missed for so long. 

In an early intervention, Jamma assisted the Khomani San to stock up one of their farms, the 5,000-hectare Erin, with wildlife and turn it into a successful commercial game harvesting business. 

Uplifting communities and providing cultural dignity for future generations.

Gemsbok Kalahari Khomani San

The Khomani San are one of the last remaining groups of the indigenous San people of South Africa. During the creation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, much of their movement as hunter-gatherers on their traditional land was curtailed and many members of the community were dispersed. In 1995, the Khomani San lodged a claim for the restitution of their ancestral land, and in 1999, they were granted ownership over a number of farms nearby the settlement of Andriesvale and adjacent to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Establishing a junior school where children can receive culturally sensitive good education will enable them to enter senior school equipped to succeed.

“We aim to provide an accessible, culturally sensitive primary school education to the Khomani San children. By integrating an up to date curriculum with traditional knowledge, we help to uplift the community by empowering future generations.” - Claire Barry, Khomani San School Programme

Resource Africa is an international charity with the mission of ensuring that the basic human right to sustainable use of wildlife and natural resources can be exercised by communities and rural people in southern Africa.

Jamma is supporting Resource Africa to bring a voice to rural communities living alongside wildlife to tell the story of how the equilibrium of sustainable wildlife management and guardianship can be supported and maintained.
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Resource Africa

Elephants Alive has been studying and researching African elephant populations since 2003, and delivers research solutions, advocacy and education to promote harmonious coexistence between elephants and people.

Jamma wholeheartedly supports this committed non-profit organisation in its goal to develop and grow our understanding of elephant ecology. Their important research contributes towards the long-term survival of the African elephant and thereby maintaining the vital biodiversity of large parts of rural Africa.
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Resource Africa

Resource Africa

RESOURCE AFRICA

Resource Africa is an organisation with the mission of ensuring that the basic human right to sustainably use wildlife and other natural resources can be exercised by rural people in southern Africa.

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Jamma is supporting Resource Africa to bring a voice to these communities and tell the story of how the equilibrium of sustainable wildlife management and guardianship can be supported and maintained.



Many rural people in southern Africa share their daily life with wildlife. Unfortunately this can negatively impact on those communities, with elephants breaking through boundaries, marauding and eating vital crops, lions and leopards killing livestock and, in the worst cases, wild animals injuring or even killing people.

Respecting rights, resources and livelihoods.

At Jamma we support Resource Africa to engage these communities as co-dependents in conservation and in the benefits that can be derived from it. Sustainable, community-based wildlife management and enterprise can benefit not only the rural communities and their future generations, but also help to conserve and support Africa’s wildlife habitats and ecosystems.

An important part of our work with Resource Africa is to advocate for dialogue and connection between the perspectives of local communities with policy making processes at international, regional and national levels.

It is our experience that policy is most likely to lead to sustainable environmental management when it strengthens the rights and enhances the livelihoods and wellbeing of those immediately dependent upon it.
Jamma International is partnering with WWF to support the development of the Siana and Oloisukut Conservancies, located on the north-eastern boundary of the Maasai Mara Reserve.

Our work ensures that the conservancy not only secures a vital wildlife corridor for the migration of elephants and wildebeest, but also acts as a catalyst for local sustainable development, and positively influences the lives of Siana residents.
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Siana and Oloisukut Conservancies, Kenya

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that manages 19 national parks and protected areas covering over 14.2 million hectares in Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Jamma International is proud to be supporting African Parks with their sustainable approach to wildlife conservation, economic development and poverty alleviation to ensure that each park is ecologically, socially, and financially sustainable in the long-term.
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African Parks

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Elephants Alive

Elephants Alive

ELEPHANTS ALIVE

Elephants Alive has been studying and researching African elephant populations in the vicinity of the Kruger National Park, South Africa since 2003, and delivers research solutions, advocacy and education to promote harmonious coexistence between elephants and people.

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Jamma wholeheartedly supports this committed non-profit organisation in its goal to develop and grow our understanding of elephant ecology. Their important research contributes towards the long-term survival of the African elephant and thereby helping to maintain the biodiversity of large parts of rural Africa.


Drawing on significant data gathered for two decades, Elephants Alive deliver research solutions that enable a greater understanding of the complex relationships that elephants have with each other and their surroundings, including the people with whom they share their world.

Promoting greater understanding and harmonious co-existence with nature’s giants.

Elephants Alive’s extensive long-term elephant tracking datasets provide information on landscape use, habitat expansion and perceived and real threats to elephants. Since 1998, Elephants Alive have deployed 90 GPS collars in 135 collaring operations, allowing the team to study and track individually identified elephants, monitor population dynamics and understand the motivation behind elephant movements from core conservation areas such as the Kruger National Park into protected areas along its borders.

Elephants Alive strives to put the science on the table in order to better protect elephants and ensure their survival by creating awareness and informing decision makers.

“Our research which is more than twenty years in the making, is aimed at improving our knowledge of the ecological processes that propagate the coexistence of elephants, their habitat and people.”
Elephants Alive

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that manages 19 national parks and protected areas covering over 14.2 million hectares in Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Jamma International is proud to be supporting African Parks with their sustainable approach to wildlife conservation, economic development and poverty alleviation to ensure that each park is ecologically, socially, and financially sustainable in the long-term.
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African Parks

Jamma are proud to be continuing to support Baynards Zambia Trust with their work to improve the lives and livelihoods of people in rural communities in Zambia.

Through its partnership with the Zambian Rainbow Development Foundation, Baynards Zambia Trust puts in place initiatives that help communities develop, promote financial literacy and inclusion, improve food security and nutrition plus mitigate the effects of climate change.
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African Parks

African Parks

AFRICAN PARKS

Conserving Africa’s national parks while also helping to support the futures of communities living alongside wildlife is a vast task. African Parks manages 19 national parks and protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities.

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Jamma International is proud to be supporting African Parks with their sustainable approach to wildlife conservation, economic development and poverty alleviation to ensure that each park is ecologically, socially, and financially sustainable in the long-term.


Founded in 2000, African Parks takes a clear business approach to conserving Africa’s wildlife and remaining wild areas, securing vast landscapes and carrying out the necessary activities needed to protect the parks and their wildlife. The organisation maintains a strong focus on economic development and poverty alleviation with a responsibility to make sure these areas survive into the future.

Working with local communities to ensure the sustainability of the use of their natural resources.

African Parks takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of 19 national parks and protected areas in 11 countries covering over 14.2 million hectares in Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Jamma International has been working with African Parks since 2018, to support their community projects within the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Congo and before that anti-poaching work in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi.

Where wildlife survives and thrives, there’s the opportunity for people to do so as well. All of this is inextricably linked.

“This is conservation at scale. If we can ensure that a significant portfolio of parks is handed over, intact and functioning to the next generation of conservation leaders, then I think we have fulfilled our responsibility.” Peter Fearnhead, African Parks CEO

Resource Africa is an international charity with the mission of ensuring that the basic human right to sustainable use of wildlife and natural resources can be exercised by communities and rural people in southern Africa.

Jamma is supporting Resource Africa to bring a voice to rural communities living alongside wildlife to tell the story of how the equilibrium of sustainable wildlife management and guardianship can be supported and maintained.
People
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Resource Africa

Elephants Alive has been studying and researching African elephant populations since 2003, and delivers research solutions, advocacy and education to promote harmonious coexistence between elephants and people.

Jamma wholeheartedly supports this committed non-profit organisation in its goal to develop and grow our understanding of elephant ecology. Their important research contributes towards the long-term survival of the African elephant and thereby maintaining the vital biodiversity of large parts of rural Africa.
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Elephants Alive

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Baynards Zambia Trust

Baynards Zambia Trust

BAYNARDS ZAMBIA TRUST

Through its community partnerships, Baynards Zambia Trust (BZT) puts in place initiatives that help communities to develop by promoting financial literacy and inclusion, increasing food security and improving levels of nutrition plus mitigating the effects of climate change.

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At Jamma, we work with communities across the world to strengthen the ties of shared identity and build meaningful frameworks of trust. We are delighted to be continuing to support Baynards Zambia Trust with their work to improve the lives and livelihoods of rural communities in Zambia.  

Baynards Zambia Trust (BZT) was founded in 1997 and supports interventions to help isolated Zambian communities become self-sufficient. Their current initiatives include providing solar power for schools, creating digital hubs for young people and putting in place technology to help farmers move beyond subsistence farming to sustainable futures.

Helping communities connect, build sustainable capacity and thrive

BZT works with the Zambian Rainbow Development Foundation, a national non-governmental organisation. Together, they support holistic interventions which span improving access to education, HIV and AIDS programmes, village banks, sustainable agriculture and community capacity building. Higher income from farming and village banks for these communities enable more children to stay at school for longer, while crop diversification among other things helps to support nutrition for those suffering from AIDS. All their interventions have direct community involvement and are designed to become self-supporting.

At Jamma, we are proud to support projects that deliver on their promises to empower communities, build sustainable capacity and focus on positive outcomes.

Jamma has supported BZT for over 10 years, and we are proud to be continuing to support this focused and driven organisation. We value long term relationships with projects that align with our values and return real, measurable benefits to the communities they support.

Resource Africa is an international charity with the mission of ensuring that the basic human right to sustainable use of wildlife and natural resources can be exercised by communities and rural people in southern Africa.

Jamma is supporting Resource Africa to bring a voice to rural communities living alongside wildlife to tell the story of how the equilibrium of sustainable wildlife management and guardianship can be supported and maintained.
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Resource Africa

Jamma International is partnering with WWF to support the development of the Siana and Oloisukut Conservancies, located on the north-eastern boundary of the Maasai Mara Reserve.

Our work ensures that the conservancy not only secures a vital wildlife corridor for the migration of elephants and wildebeest, but also acts as a catalyst for local sustainable development, and positively influences the lives of Siana residents.
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Siana and Oloisukut Conservancies, Kenya

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