oa South African Journal of Science - Building assessment practice and lessons from the scientific assessment on livestock predation in South Africa - commentary

Volume 115 Number 5-6
  • ISSN : 0038-2353
  • E-ISSN: 1996-7489



After at least two millennia of human–wildlife conflict over the predation of livestock in South Africa1, the recently completed scientific assessment on livestock predation2 (PredSA) brings the power of a formal scientific assessment to focus on the topic. PredSA represents a global first in terms of applying this increasingly recognised approach to informing policy to the issue of livestock predation at a national level. Here we explore the process behind the assessment, its structure and policy relevance, and some lessons learnt and suggest some avenues for the way forward.

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