Wildlife for Sustainable Development
Wildlife for Sustainable Development (WSD) is an Ethiopian non-governmental organization dedicated to conserving the country’s rich biodiversity through promoting the sustainable utilization and scientific study of wildlife and their habitats. WSD works with the government, related non government and private sector organizations and local communities to formulate and implement conservation strategies.
The organization was founded in 2008 with Registration No. 0835 by the Charities and Societies Agency of Ethiopia. It has a diverse range of members including researchers, educators, governmental and non-governmental organisations as well as private conservation groups. The General Assembly is the highest authoritative body for the organization with a president and a secretary, but the duties and responsibilities of the WSD are closely governed by its five person Board that includes the chairperson, deputy chairperson, and three other members.
The Organization's Major Activities
Research and Conservation
Based on scientific research, the wildlife resources of the country need to be identified, understood, conserved, and information disseminated for better management and policy formulation.
Development and Utilization
The different forms of wildlife utilization and the respective contributions to the economic development of the country will be promoted.
Recommendations on policies, and laws for better conservation of the wildlife resources of the country will be made on major national and international conventions.
Education and Capacity Building
Education and capacity building programs will be identified, strengthened, and developed to inform the public, and education leaders, to create a future generation of conservationists and practitioners.
WSD has been encouraging communities to manage and conserve wildlife resources.
The WSD will build and maintain the organizational capacity necessary to operate its programs, provide services and run an effective organization.