The Centre for Civil Society is conducting an eBaithak with Catherine E. Semcer which is being organised on the 15th of May 2020.
eBaithaks are essentially free-flowing discussions on a specific topic. eBaithaks follow an open group discussion format where the speaker is the moderator and principal guide for all the participants. It takes place on a virtual platform (currently Zoom), and are interactive, interpersonal and liberal spaces of discussion and deliberation.
About the program
Animal sighting on roads during COVID-19 tells us about the inevitability of interactions between humans and wild-animals. For wildlife conservation to be successful, human interactions with these wild-animals have to be streamlined in such a way that people have an incentive in the conservation process.
Why do some countries encourage trophy hunting? Are strict anti-poaching laws the solution? What is the role of local communities? In this eBaithak with Catherine E. Semcer, we will explore how Trophy hunting i.e. hunting animals has been a successful method of wildlife conservation and has also helped integrate local communities in the conservation efforts. We will also discuss how wildlife conservation is more of an economic issue than a moral one.
Program Date and Time: Friday, 15 May 2020, 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM IST
About the Speaker
Catherine E. Semcer is a Research Fellow with the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) where her work focuses on rights and market based solutions to policy challenges in environmental security, conservation finance and sustainability.
Catherine is the past COO of Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants (H.O.P.E.), a boutique NGO delivering training, advisory, assistance and procurement services to African counter-poaching programs. During her tenure with H.O.P.E. she was responsible for leading the opening of projects in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Ethiopia.
Prior to working with H.O.P.E. Catherine served as Senior Washington D.C. Representative for Sierra Club, where she worked to advance conservation programs in the Department of Defense to increase training range sustainability as well as further efforts to conserve the Greater Sage Grouse. Her work led to her being recognized by the USDA-NRCS for “outstanding contributions” to their Sage Grouse Initiative. Catherine began her career with McKinsey & Company where she supported the Environmental and Non-Profit Practices.
In addition to her work with PERC, Catherine serves as a research fellow with the African Wildlife Economy Institute at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She is a member of Sustainable Use and Livelihood Specialist Group International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Protected Areas Finance Working Group of Conservation Finance Alliance.
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