The AHEAD-GLTFCA network was established in 2003 during the IUCN World Parks Congress in Durban (South Africa) as part of the Animal and Human Health for Environment and Development Programme of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
In partnership with six other institutions, the aim of the AHEAD Programme is to create environments that allow different and often competing sectors to find ways to address challenges facing wildlife, livestock and human health.The AHEAD Programme recognises the need to look at the interactions between ecosystems as well as animal and human health in order to ensure the sustainability of transfrontier conservation areas.
Since 2012 the AHEAD-GLTFCA Network has been coordinated by the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria and the South African National Parks, with the intention of becoming a full regional process owned by the key stakeholders of the GLTFCA and supported by other academic, research and donor institutions as well as non-government organisations.
Dr. Clara Bocchino has been conducting research and working for various institutions on the GLTFCA for the past decade. She has been strengthening the communication between network members through research publications, news flashes, funding opportunities and social media related to the GLTFCA.
In 2013, the interim meeting of the AHEAD-GLTFCA Network addressed the first decade of socio-economic research in the GLTFCA in partnership with the University of British Columbia (Canada) and the Fort Hare University (South Africa) with support from SANParks, the GLTP, and the Southern African Wildlife College.
In 2014, the annual general meeting was part of the “Management of Protected Areas and their peripheries in Southern Africa” conference organised with a long-standing partner of the AHEAD-GLTFCA Network, CIRAD and its Research Platform – Production and Conservation in Partnership. The conference was attended by some 150 people from the region, bringing together long-standing researchers and a solid new generation.
The role of the AHEAD-GLTFCA Network has become one of support through research and consultation.
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