The Peace Parks Foundation, which facilitates the establishment of peace parks or trans-frontier conservation areas in southern Africa, has introduced a new way to share conservation stories through an online video channel: Peace Parks TV.
The new platform aims to provide viewers around the world with insight into the challenges, adventures and highlights of the conservation work executed by Peace Parks and its partners.
Videos on the channel are sent by mobile messaging services. Contributors bridge connectivity challenges by, for example, asking pilots to take their phones along on early-morning flights to maybe catch signal from nearby cell towers. These clips are then put through a basic editing process and uploaded to the website daily.
Viewers have free access to a variety of content covering Peace Parks Foundation’s work, such as conservation activities like animal translocations and anti-poaching efforts; interviews with conservationists, rangers, community members, partners, and donors; and tourism development initiatives.
“Conservation – and the way people engage with conservation content – constantly requires new approaches. Peace Parks TV was developed with the intent of transforming the conservation narrative,” explains Peace Parks Foundation CEO, Werner Myburgh. “The objective is to give viewers an authentic and informative view of the extraordinary work done by the men and women in the protected areas where we operate.”