Osiman Mabhachi

I work for the Endangered Wildlife Trust as a Community Projects Coordinator under the African Crane Conservation Programme. My brief is to coordinate community-based wetland conservation projects in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The projects are aimed at promoting institutional and technical capacity of wetland user communities to successfully integrate biodiversity conservation and wetland utilization in human-dominated landscapes. My other responsibilities include fund raising, providing technical assistance to in-country Field Officers, research into integrated conservation and development approaches as well as facilitating sharing of knowledge among institutions involved in community-based wetland and biodiversity conservation.  I have over twelve years of field experience in community-based projects involving Soil and Water Conservation, Biodiversity Conservation, Wetland Management, Watershed Management, Water and Sanitation and Community Development.

I am in the final year of my PhD research in Environmental Social Science at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). The study is aimed at developing a framework for the conservation of cranes in African social-ecological landscapes. I studied for an MSc Environmental Management degree at the University of Wolverhampton as a Canon Collins Scholar. I also hold a BSc. Agricultural Engineering (Hons) degree from the University of Zimbabwe. Prior to joining the Endangered Wildlife Trust, I worked for BirdLife Zimbabwe, SAFIRE (Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources) and the Institute of Environmental Studies (University of Zimbabwe). My research interests are in the area of natural resource management and community development in rural areas. I am particularly interested in linkages between landscape management (patches and microenvironments), resource institutions and local social values associated with patches.  I am a proponent of the use of innovative writing techniques and analogies to win stakeholder support and commitment in conservation.

Affiliate member
Endangered Wildlife Trust & Leiden University