Cranes, Wetlands and Communities in Africa
A citizen of Zimbabwe, Osiman has over twelve years of field experience in community-based projects in Eastern and Southern Africa. He has worked for Birdlife Zimbabwe, SAFIRE (Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources) and the Institute of Environmental Studies (University of Zimbabwe). He played a key role in fundraising for and implementing Birdlife Zimbabwe’s crane conservation activities in the Driefontein Grasslands, Zimbabwe’s prime Wattled Crane area. His interest in community-based conservation started during his stint as a Research Assistant working for the Institute of Environmental Studies when he was involved in applied environmental research projects in rural areas. His goal is to work towards ensuring that the community-based projects supported by the International Crane Foundation / Endangered Wildlife Trust Partnership for African cranes succeed in highlighting the crticial role of communities in conserving biodiversity thereby providing lessons for other environmental organizations and communities. Osiman holds an M.Sc Environmental Management degree from the University of Wolverhampton and a B.Sc in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe. He is pursuing doctoral studies through Leiden University in The Netherlands. His study is aimed at developing a social scientific framework for maintaining viable populations of cranes in African social-ecological landscapes. He has academic and professional interests in the fields of human-environment interactions, livelihood-environment linkages and visioning for positive conservation outcomes.