PhD candidate / guest
Osiman Mabhachi graduated with a BSc in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe in 1999 and obtained an MSc Environmental Management degree from the University of Wolverhampton (UK) in 2008.
Osiman Mabhachi graduated with a BSc in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Zimbabwe in 1999 and obtained an MSc Environmental Management degree from the University of Wolverhampton (UK) in 2008. His undergraduate project was on the evaluation of the impact of conservation tillage on physical properties of fersiallitic red clay soils and his MSc thesis was on modelling the projected impact of climate change on maize production in regions of contrasting agricultural potential in Zimbabwe. Since 1999, he has been involved in community-based projects spanning the fields of soil and water conservation, watershed management, community water security and integrated wetland and biodiversity conservation in Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. Currently he is working for the Endangered Wildlife Trust/International Crane Foundation Partnership and coordinates a crane and wetland conservation programme covering Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
His doctoral study is aimed at developing a framework for integrating wetland utilisation and the conservation of crane species in African social-ecological landscapes. This will be achieved through an assessment of the human-environment interface from four different perspectives - biophysical, socio-economic, socio-cultural and policy. He has academic and professional interests in the fields of human-environment interactions, livelihood-environment linkages and visioning for positive conservation outcomes. He hopes his study will provide useful insights and guidelines that will help save cranes in landscapes where state-run conservation regulations are difficult to enforce.