Conservation Through Collaboration on Tanzania’s Maasai Steppe

Collaboration and innovation are bringing promise to pastoralists and wildlife that live in one of Tanzania’s most threatened places.

By Fred Nelson, Chira Schouten and Jessie Davie | Swara, Oct - Dec 2018


Developing New Models for Collaboration in Conservation

Three innovative ways groups can work together across organizational fiefdoms and disciplinary siloes to meet conservation challenges locally and globally.

By Fred Nelson & Jeffrey "Jefe" Parrish | Jun. 29, 2018


Five Ways to Advance Conservation Entrepreneurship

Meeting today’s growing conservation challenges requires that we find new ways of thinking about and practicing conservation, rooted in solving social problems through scalable methods and prototypes that deliver results.

By Fred Nelson & Alasdair Harris


From ‘Silverbacks’ to Systems Leaders: Rethinking African conservation leadership (commentary)

Tomorrow’s conservation leaders need to drive systemic change by building organizations and networks that are far greater than the sum of their parts. 

Commentary by Fred Nelson and Erin Myers Madeira on 8 September 2016

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Bucking the Trend: Lion Recoveries on Community Lands

The latest was a study from Maasai pastoralist lands outside the Maasai Mara, where communities have increasingly been establishing conservancies, often based on joint venture agreements between landowners and ecotourism companies. 

By Fred Nelson

To accelerate conservation progress in Africa, improve support to African civil society organizations (commentary)

African CSOs tend to have the strongest roots and experience with local communities, which makes them best placed to bring about transformative, sustainable and long-term impacts.

Commentary by Fred Nelson and Emily Wilson


Small but Not Silent

Done right, small organizations can hit above their weight and use communications as a foundation for growth, sustainability, and scaling.

By Salisha Chandra & Jessie Davie


The global land rights struggle is intensifying

When Edward Loure, one of the co-authors of this piece, was a boy, his family was evicted from its home in east Africa in order to expand the boundaries of Tarangire National Park, one of Tanzania’s most popular wildlife reserves. Similar evictions had earlier taken place in the Serengeti in the late 1950s.

Edward Loure is 2016 winner of the Goldman prize | By Edward Loure and Fred Nelson 


Rethinking conservation funding models in Africa (commentary)

Much of the discussion in conservation focuses on the limited amounts of funding available. However, an important, but less discussed, issue is how funding is delivered and accessed. 

Commentary by Fred Nelson | Leela Hazzah | John Kasaona | Scott O’Connell | Peter Riger | Bernie Tershy


Homegrown African Solutions to Elephant Poaching

Thus far, responding to and combating the elephant crisis have largely been the work of global organizations, including conservation NGOs and multilateral aid agencies. But many of the critical innovations, leadership measures, and solutions to the crisis lie with talented and committed local groups whose approaches can be taken to scale, often with support from resource-rich international networks.

By Fred Nelson