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A Holistic Approach to Conservation featuring Andrew Muir, Wilderness Foundation: ABCG Brown Bag

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Environmentalist and social entrepreneur Andrew Muir will present a multi-faceted model of nature conservation implemented by the Wilderness Foundation (WF) in South Africa.
When Jun 24, 2013
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where World Wildlife Fund-US, Room 1108 1250 24th St., NW Washington, DC 20037
Contact Name
Contact Phone 202-492-7354
Attendees Andrew Muir
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Recognizing that the protection and sustainability of South Africa's unique wilderness areas and natural heritage is dependent on socio-political and economic conditions, WF takes a holistic approach to conservation.  Through its Umzi Wethu Academies for Disadvantaged Youth, it trains AIDS orphans and child heads-of-household on the verge of adulthood to become game rangers and chefs, integrating them into the ecotourism industry of South Africa and equipping them with life skills to retain their employability as they earn sustainable income for their families.  Through wilderness trail experiences, Umzi also generates conservation leaders.

In 2013, WF aims to recruit partners so it can expand its Ranger Academy to become a "Pan African Academy" recruiting youth in other parts of Africa for Umzi training specifically in anti-poaching, linking it to WF's Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative which seeks to end the slaughter of wild rhinos for horn intended primarily for the Asian market.  Boosting the capacity of rangers in rhino range countries is a number one priority of Forever Wild.

Also integrated is a WF strategy to "Green Leaf" certify tourism establishments in rhino range countries so that social-economic factors of the local community are taken into account - utilizing the Umzi strategy as a means of building range protection capacity but giving job opportunities to local people.

WF welcomes organizations that are interested in partnering to expand this integrated initiative to reach more of Africa.

About Andrew Muir:
Andrew has dedicated the past 25 years to conservation and social development in Africa, mentored by conservation icon Dr. Ian Player through the founding of a number of environmental education and leadership programs.  Th  ese programs have enabled over 120,000 South Africans to experience wilderness first-hand, many being impoverished youth who would not otherwise have had this life-transforming experience. As executive director of the Wilderness Foundation since 2000, Mr. Muir has been honored as an International Rolex Awards Laureate in 2008; the South African Conservationist of the Year in 2007; and a fellow of the Schwab Foundation, World Economic Forum in 2012. He has a Masters Degree in Environment and Development from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, and serves on a number of non-profit and conservation boards both in South Africa and abroad.

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