The Soft Foot Alliance Trust
The Soft foot alliance is a new Trust dedicated to improving the lives and landscapes of people living on the boundary of Hwange national park and at the same time achieving a sustainable co-existence with wildlife.
Wild Permaculture: Sustainable solutions that achieve human/wildlife co-existence.
The Soft foot alliance serves to design and implement long-term sustainable solutions that promote human-wildlife co-existence. Lion, Hyena, Elephant, Baboon and Honey Badger are the main focal species as they impact people’s livelihoods on the park’s boundaries.
By designing actions that firstly improve the lives and the livelihoods of the people living with these animals and, secondly promote the conservation of the animal, we hope to achieve co-existence between the two.
For guidance we use the Permaculture ethics and principles of:
- Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share
- Focus on long term sustainability
- “Co-operate, don’t compete”
- Respect for all life
- See solutions inherent in problems
- Work with nature not against it!
The problems in context, and the solutions
Competition for scarce resources bring people and animals into conflict situations. By maximising our efficient use of resources we limit that exposure and people’s vulnerability. In each of our current and future projects we will come at complex conservation problems from the People's perspective FIRST!
We believe if we are sensitive to the needs of the people that live on the boundary of the protected area and help make thier lives easier, then we can truly look forward to something sustainable.
Cleverly designed into each project is a conservation outcome but we need to take care of the people first because they are "The coal-face of conservation"