Niassa Lion Project

April 24, 2021

10:45 am PDT

Niassa Lion Project (NLP) protects 800 lions in one of their last strongholds, Niassa Special Reserve, Mozambique. This is one of the most important wilderness areas and lion populations left in Africa today. The NLP team works closely with people and communities who live inside the protected area to find alternative livelihoods to poaching and bushmeat consumption, reduce conflict with lions, and include communities in conservation decision making, monitoring, and benefit sharing. They work closely with these communities, local government, tourism operators, and the Reserve Management team to find locally-derived, sustainable solutions that allow lions and people to live together and thrive.

Dr. Colleen Begg is speaking in the Failure is our Greatest Teacher roundtable.


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Dr. Colleen Begg

Managing Director

Dr. Colleen Begg is a South African conservation ecologist with more than 25 years of experience in grassroots conservation and community engagement. She is passionate about securing African wilderness areas and large carnivore populations by inspiring transparent, locally-derived, and collaborative conservation actions. She co-founded the Niassa Lion Project in 2003 and is an alumna of Homeward Bound, a global leadership initiative for 1,000 women with STEMM backgrounds, which aims to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape our planet. In 2018, she co-founded Women for the Environment, Africa (WE Africa), a transformational leadership program for African women conservation leaders whose purpose is to put women at the heart of transforming Africa's environmental movement.