Saving wildlife starts with people. An explosion in the human population over the last century has caused growing conflict, putting wildlife and people in direct competition. As human encroachment & pressure on ecosystems increase, we must transition from conflict to co-existence to halt extinction.
Wildlife landscapes are shrinking across our planet, particularly in Asia due to vast population growth leading to competition for land use, resources and the destruction of habitats. Endangered species continue to be persecuted when encountering communities as they seek vital resources for survival. Ongoing conflict and destruction of wild spaces is resulting in catastrophic biodiversity loss, compounded by climate change which inevitably, affects the survival of wildlife and humans alike.
DSWF is raising awareness across Asia and Africa on the importance of peaceful co-existence with wildlife, working alongside governments, conservationists and local communities through prolonged conservation, education, and sustainable livelihood programmes. For the past 35 years we have focused on reducing encroachment into wildlife habitats, mitigating human-wildlife conflict and offering alternative sustainable solutions to those living alongside wildlife who rely on shared natural resources.