EndangeredWildlifeTrustMESSAGE FROM: Endangered Wildlife Trust by Yolan Friedmann, Chief Executive OfficerYolan Friedmann

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is dedicated to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa to the benefit of all people. Our vision is a healthy planet and an equitable world that values and sustains diversity of all life. We identify the key factors threatening biodiversity and develop innovative methodologies and best practice to reduce these impacts and promote harmonious co-existence and sustainable living for both people and wildlife.

The EWT is one of South Africa’s leading biodiversity conservation organisations which employs a cohesive and integrated approach to the conservation of threatened species and habitats and ecosystem processes throughout the southern African subregion. This we do in partnership with a variety of partners, locally, nationally and regionally, in order to support mutual conservation goals and to expand our footprint and impact. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has been a longstanding partner of the EWT’s, and we are proud to work with this key custodian of South African biodiversity and natural heritage.

The link between conservation implementation and research is critical to the efficient and effective achievement of conservation outcomes. Research has underpinned conservation efforts for decades and this is becoming increasingly important in a world facing rapid change and industrial development in the face of a growing human population and associated resource demands. The Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice has become a key event in the conservation and research calendars alike, as this forum provides an important opportunity to showcase innovations and share experiences and challenges in both fields. Importantly, it provides an excellent platform to develop synergies and partnerships in order to strengthen collaboration for effective conservation practice. The EWT is proud to be a part of this symposium and we welcome the opportunity that it offers us to be part of this progressive conservation community.

Dr Yolan Friedmann
Chief Executive Officer
Endangered Wildlife Trust