Conservation Partnerships – Critical for Biodiversity, but do they work?

Brent M Coverdale

A partnership is defined as the state of being between persons or bodies with a joint interest or association and thus is the ideal avenue in which conservation organisations should be operating. Despite much being said regarding the need for partnerships in order to secure and conserve critical biodiversity elements, many offer limited success. Invariably, each partner has their own mandate, needs and financial obligations under which they operate and find it difficult to accommodate another body under its existing framework. Such partnerships are often focussed around the various conservation organisations and fail to take into consideration that key partner: the private or communal landowner on     whose property the biodiversity occurs.
This paper intends to interrogate existing conservation partnerships within KwaZulu-Natal, focussing on the Blue Swallow Working Group, the Oribi Working Group and the engagement between Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife and the private/communal landowner. The success and failures of each will be assessed and a guideline on how to ensure that each partner receives equal benefit will be presented. This will cover engagement principles (period, type and frequency), partnership composition and conflict mitigation. It is envisaged that this assessment will assist in ensuring that through conservation partnerships, biodiversity will persist.

Presentation Topic

Conservation Partnerships – Critical for Biodiversity, but do they work?


Contact Mr Coverdale:

Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife. P.O. Box 914 Richmond 3780


Email Mr Coverdale