Southern African Wildlife College

Wildlife Area Management (Higher Education and Training)

Innovation, Development and Best Practice

The College is logistically well placed to be one of the world leaders in African applied wildlife conservation research. The College falls within the K2C Biosphere Reserve and is surrounded by many different land uses, for example state park, private game parks, community conservation, livestock production and agriculture. In addition, within a radius of 60km of the College dramatic contrasts in climate and topography occur, allowing factors as climate change to be incorporated into the studies. 

The College is well equipped with facilities to undertake a comprehensive wildlife conservation research programme. Such a programme not only provides a much needed source of income to the College, through accommodation and associated use of the facilities, but also forms an educational feedback loop where the research that is generated can be incorporated into the teaching programmes at the College. 

This greatly benefits the students, keeping them up to date with conservation practices. As such, one of the main aims of this department is to investigate, improve and pass on to the training departments the most appropriate conservation practices and skills. The collaborative action between the development and training departments of the College is geared towards serving southern and central African conservation institutions and parks through training their staff with current and relevant problem solving solutions.

Wildlife Area Management Qualifications

Wildlife Area Management has always been at the core of the college business since it was established in 1996. 

The aim is to develop future generations of Wildlife Area Managers with the requisite understanding and practical skills to manage their areas effectively and in cooperation with local communities. 
The College presents two full qualifications that have been provisionally accredited with the Council on Higher Education: 

Higher Certificate: Nature Conservation - Conservation Implementation and Leadership
NQF Level 5 
Advanced Certificate: Nature Conservation - Trans-Frontier Conservation Management 
NQF Level 6

The Higher and Advanced HET Certificates in Nature Conservation are presented in block format with one work block in the middle of the year. This enables students to return to their places of work to complete their practical assignments and workplace assessments. Together with changes to the curriculum and learning materials, changes have also been made to the assessment strategy. All of these are as a direct result of the training needs analysis conducted across the SADC region.

For further details please take a look at our Prospectus available on the Training Programmes Menu.
Malcolm Douglas
Wildlife Area Management :: Manager
+27 (0)15 793-7346
malcolm@sawc.org.za

Wildlife Area Management Short Courses

The specialist short courses offered by the College include a wide spectrum of wildlife management, nature-based tourism, community-based natural resource management, tourism and environmentally-related topics. The courses are aimed at improving all round performance and building capacity.

Marilize van der Walt
Wildlife Area Management :: Senior Advisor/ Coordinator
+27 (0)15 793-7336
marvdw@sawc.org.za

University Programmes and Wildlife Area Management Workshops

In addition to the full spectrum of higher and further education and training offered to field staff and mangers of protected areas, the College also offers tailor-made programmes for University Groups both locally and internationally. 

These programmes can be developed to suit the time constraints, budgets and curricula of these institutions and the needs of individuals or groups. The focus being on learning experiences, which are both theoretical and practical. 

Marilize van der Walt
Wildlife Area Management :: Senior Advisor/ Coordinator
+27 (0)15 793-7336
marvdw@sawc.org.za

TFCA Development

The SADC region has a growing number of TFCAs, which have their own unique management and development challenges. The SAWC as the training partner to the Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) sees itself playing a significant role in capacitating the TFCA managers, other stakeholders and community members contributing to developing well managed TFCAs that are vibrant tourism destinations, and which provide substantial economic and employment opportunity for the people staying in and around the TFCAs.

 
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