Coexistence is an attempt to rethink the dominant conservation paradigm – not just protecting wild animals locked away in far off pockets of forests, but also coexisting and living well with animals and nature around us. We are a consortium of ecologists, anthropologists, geographers and conservationists with extensive knowledge and experience in human-wildlife coexistence who have come together to promote understanding and practice of coexistence.
The focal activity for this consortium is to develop a better understanding of coexistence. The long-term vision of this programme is to use an experimental and evidence-based approach to catalyse a range of context-specific human-wildlife coexistence projects around the world.
The initial funding to setup the Coexistence Consortium came from the Lantana Elephants Exhibitions happening around the the world, titled "Coexistence" and celebrating the human-nature connection.