Why

Conservation action beyond governmental mandate is a vital component of worldwide efforts in protecting species and habitats and in achieving Sustainable Development Goals. The implementation of privately and community owned protected areas as well as company and individual conservation efforts is continuously gaining momentum - including for example innovative approaches in educative tourism. 

The Southern Hemisphere offers a striking amount of such conservation areas and projects, representing a wide range of motivations, sizes, corporate models and stories. Well known types in Africa, for example, are game ranches, game reserves, nature reserves, eco-estates or mountain retreats, amongst many more... These provide a set of invaluable and diverse benefits to society - both tangible and intangible.

We believe that the private landowners, reserve and lodge managers, project managers as well as all other actors and stakeholders behind these approaches are at the forefront of enhancing international conservation through their expertise, skills and local insights - let us share and utilise this knowledge! 

We have the vision of achieving a paradigm shift in the conservation sector towards a global conservation economy for inclusive transformation.

 

What

PLCnetwork of the Southern Hemisphere is a unique platform and consulting firm with a passion for private, community and company conservation across the global South. Our aim is to induce long-lasting social change for conservation, and conservation for social change.

Our mission is applying a conservationpreneurship approach to implement community development and nature-based solutions together with conservation actors.

 

Whether you are starting up or are established in the conservation and tourism sector since a long time:

We tell your story!

We promote your conservation area, eco-destination or conservancy!

We support your conservation initiative or community project!

We offer personal connections based on trust!

We promise professionalism and transparency!

 

We are:

  • growing a comprehensive interactive network of Conservation Areas and Projects across the Southern Hemisphere;
  • establishing a neutral platform for discussion and interaction around all aspects of private, community and company conservation; at the interface of academia, authorities, industry and citizens;
  • becoming a hub for exchanging knowledge, telling stories, addressing challenges, showcasing action, creating collaborations and establishing partnerships;
  • attracting individuals and organizations from all backgrounds and sectors to engage in our network;
  • avoiding middlemen in the investment chain for conservation and community efforts by offering funding honesty, and channeling 60-90% directly into projects.

 

PLCnetwork aims to increase the publicity, networking opportunity and business potential for our members as well as the engagement of the public in building resilient conservation economies.

Our network and platform offers an interactive geographical map, directory of members, individual member profiles, news and stories, a notice board for advertisment listings, social media platforms and other tools of outreach, engagement and capacity building.

Further, we encourage the opportunity for any interested member of the public to get involved and contribute via our communication channels, such as Facebook or the provided email addresses

 

Who

  Julia developed her passion for social-ecological systems thinking and storytelling in South Africa during her doctorate research and subsequent diverse entrepreneurial endeavours, especially when engaging with stakeholders for conservation impact. She is striving to implement functioning conservation economies which are transformative and inclusive. Julia is published in several scientific articles around this topic.  

 

Dr Julia Baum is the Founder and Director of PLCnetwork

 

   Jonas fosters innovative project ideas and develops collaborations with external partners for PLCnetwork. He lives in Germany and works as Cabin Crew Member in Switzerland.   

 

Jonas Baum is our Innovation Coordinator

 

 

Associates & Advisors

   Serge is an experienced primatologist and conservation practitioner, residing in Cameroon. He is the Founder of the local NGO Biodiversité-Environnement et Développement Durable (BEDD), is Lecturer at the Garoua Widlife College and member of the IUCN/World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). He is rendering important support to our network in the French-speaking countries of Central- and West-Africa.    

 

Dr Serge Alexis Kamgang is our associate and advisor in francophone Africa

 

   Michael has more than three decades of widespread experience in land and species conservation, with a strong focus on the role of market-based approaches and global policy. He has worked across sectors in Southern Africa and internationally as a practitioner, researcher, and consultant. He is also the owner and manager of a private land conservation and rewilding project in the Western Cape.  

 

Michael 't Sas-Rolfes is our associate and advisor for Conservation Economics

 

   Isabel is the Founder of Earth Awareness, an environmental education, leadership and life skills organisation - and the manager of our member Tswehe Wildlife Reserve. In 2021, Isabel embarked on the MPhil Management Coaching journey at University of Stellenbosch Business School. Her coaching philosophy aims to develop leadership skills in managers and leaders of the non-profit sector as well as communities, looking at using coaching as a conservation transformation tool and method. As passionate adventurer and enthusiastic story teller, writer and public speaker Isabel has published two books which are available via Amazon.  

 

Isabel Wolf-Gillespie is our associate and advisor for Conservation Leadership Coaching

 

   David holds a PhD in marketing from Griffith University, Australia. His thesis was titled 'Applying Social Marketing Principles in Low and Middle Income Countries: A Design Thinking Research Approach'. For the main study, he undertook an ethnography to determine key antecedents of school dropout in a community in South Africa. Subsequently, he worked with community members to co-design an after-school program solution. David has held numerous appointments at Griffith University as a Lecturer, Tutor and Program Coordinator. In 2017, David co-founded a not-for-profit called Via Sport which has delivered sports and conservation education programs to children in Indonesia and India.  

 

Dr David Schmidtke is our associate and advisor for Social Marketing

 

Nathaniel holds a first degree in Geography and Rural Development with a minor in economics from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Currently, he is pursuing a second degree in law.

Nathaniel is a non-profit developer and manager with in-person training on project management, marketing and communication in Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania. He is also
the winner of the Anti-Corruption Debate by Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII).

As the President, he is leading Young Africans for Opportunities (YAFO), and as the CEO the African Institute for Defi and Blockchain (AidBlock). 

 

Nathaniel Dwamena is our associate and advisor for DeFi and Blockchain 

 

 

Media - Private Game Magazine

From 2021 - 2022, PLCnetwork partnered with MLP Media for regular outreach.

MLP Media offers integrated publishing and marketing solutions through their digital and print formats, including Kruger Magazine and Explore Southern Africa Magazine.

This partnership is to the benefit of our members and PLCnetwork in general because we can reach global audiences in the conservation economy sector and beyond.

We were able to publish several articles in their Private Game Magazine at the time.

 

 

 

  

Have a browse and read through our stories below: 

Media - REWILDING Southern Africa

Since March 2023, a new magazine is on the market, REWILDING Southern Africa, that provides an integrated communication platform for a greater understanding and appreciation of rewilding, and how it can revitalise entire ecosystems. 

Thank you especially to the Publishing Editor, Ms Erika Alberts, who does exceptional work with us!

The digital version of this magazine can be accessed here:

https://rewildingsa.zinioapps.com/shop   

      

 

 

Partners

 

Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative, South Africa

The Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative aims to link three mega-reserves, the Garden Route National Park, The Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site and the Addo Elephant National Park by means of ecological corridors to protect and restore the integrity of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and to foster sustainable livelihoods. Eden to Addo initiates, facilitates and supports the declaration of protected areas and biodiversity stewardship on private land in South Africa connecting areas of conservation priority.

 

Sponsors

 

WholeSurgical

WholeSurgical is a site dedicated to medical professionals, research facilities, hospitals and patients which offers a wide range selection of medical instruments, equipment and parts.

Visit their store: www.wholesurgical.co.za

WholeSurgical sponsored our article 'Conservation innovation using blockchain solutions' featured in Private Game Magazine, Issue 5, 2022. 

  Heartfelt thank you from the entire PLCnetwork team!