The learning programme runs over a period of one academic year. Direct student contact sessions for the programme take place during two College blocks, whilst the practical application of competencies take place over an additional 16 weeks at students’ own workplaces. Provision for formal summative assessments is made after each College block.
The Southern African Wildlife College offers the Advanced Certificate in Nature Conservation: Trans- Frontier Conservation Management as a training intervention aimed at the development of Nature Conservation managers within the Southern African Development Countries (SADC) region.
The nature of conservation within the context of the SADC is evolving to enable the integration and opening up of artificial boundaries previously associated with conservation areas. Through the working relationships established through Transfrontier conservation initiatives it is becoming more and more important to enable a consistent shared approach to matters concerning conservation.
The sustainable utilisation, conservation and protection of the natural environment and resources require an integrated and holistic management approach. Effective management within Transfrontier conservation areas promotes both natural environment issues and cooperation with stakeholders including local communities.
Natural resources conservation challenges and objectives in the SADC region is the joint responsibility of countries including:
The effective management of the dynamics of Transfrontier conservation areas has particular importance from the perspective of retaining our shared African heritage. The effective utilisation of this resource as a major and increasingly important tourism attraction contributes to and promotes economic sustainability across the SADC.
The qualification addresses competencies required for managerial positions within the conservation environment, associated which positions such as:
This programme aims to develop future generations of Natural Resource Managers with the requisite understanding and practical skills to manage their areas effectively and in cooperation with local communities.