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Community Liaisons

Having someone nearby who can provide support in protecting and improving livelihoods, and who can respond quickly to help when problems arise, is a key part of achieving coexistence between people and large carnivores.

Lion Landscapes builds networks of people who provide their communities with the support they need to coexist with large carnivores by employing, training and equipping Lion Defenders, Lion Extension Officers, and Conflict Officers, and providing training to Lion Rangers. These roles vary slightly to fit the local context but all have two key points in common; all have the capability and desire to reduce human-carnivore conflict through protecting large carnivores and local livelihoods, and all are embedded as trusted members of the communities they serve.

These local networks ensure that their communities are supported to coexist with large carnivores at scales that are meaningful for the conservation of these wide-ranging species

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