A three day Symposium entitled “Conservation, Collaboration and Management Support” was held from 4-6 July 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana under the auspices of the SADC TFCA Network with technical and financial support from GIZ, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Panthera, Peace Parks Foundation, African Wildlife Foundation and IUCN BIOPAMA. 104 participants from SADC Member States, conservation agencies, traditional leadership, ICPs, NGOs, and private sector from the region and beyond attended the symposium, which had the specific objectives to:
1. Understand the different models for collaborative management support being applied in PAs within SADC TFCAs (and elsewhere in Africa), including the design of these models;
2. Explore the roles & responsibilities of different parties engaged in these models.
3. Identify mechanisms to manage expectations of & benefits to the parties engaging in collaborative management support projects.
4. Determine if these models have mechanisms to measure their effectiveness & build resilience of these arrangements.
5. Determine the contribution of these arrangements to achieving national, regional & international
6. Highlight lessons learned & provide recommendations that can assist parties (government, communities,NGOs, private sector partners & ICPs) wishing to engage in collaborative management