RISE facilitates the community engagement programmes at the College and is involved at a number of project sites thanks to the generous support of donors.
Project areas, past and present, include the Greater Lebombo Conservancy, the Limpopo and Olifants River Basin (funded by USAID), Mayibuye Game Reserve in Kwazulu Natal, Mangalane Community in Mozambique, and the Mnisi Traditional Authority Area thanks to the support of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The RISE team has initiated a working relationship with Coaching Conservation. Coaching Conservation harnesses the power of sport and merges it with their Learning from Wildlife model. This wildlife conservation initiative’s core mission is to Inspire Kids to Care and to be more empathetic towards wildlife and the struggles they face.
As a learning-by-doing unit, our approach is more holistic than conventional Community-based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM). Working towards achieving a sustainable environment in rural areas, we treat each community project according to its unique context. We put people at the centre by prioritising resilient livelihoods and skills development in conservation and good governance.
We adopted a rights-based approach, which focuses on making direct connections between the wellbeing of people and the health of the environment. At the core of our projects, we work to establish the link between conservation and human rights. We want to ensure that people live with dignity, with secure livelihoods, and in healthy, productive environments.
It is important that these communities are governed in a way that is inclusive of the people, allowing participation in key decision making. Through this, RISE aims to enable the sharing of benefits and encourage overall economic growth, while providing education and training on how to practice self-governance and maintain resilient incomes.
Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa
Account number: 230118860
Branch code: 052752
Account type: current account
Swift/Iban code: SBZAZAJJ
Bank address: 187 Panther street, Hoedspruit, 1380