TOSCO - Tourism supporting conservation

ORIGINS

During a film shoot in Namibia on the Skeleton Coast, Perrine Crosmary, our president (HISA), Félix Vallat, founder of the TOSCO NGO and her colleague Charlotte Hienard met tourists doing off-road driving by car approaching sea lion colonies too closely, at sites where they are extremely susceptible to disturbance.

Cape fur seals establish their colonies on beaches and rocky spurs of the coast. Males, females and juveniles are extremely vulnerable and face many environmental threats every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observation of these wild animals, by tourists too close has a significant impact on fur seals behaviors, generating additional stress. Indeed, as soon as the sea lions detect a man in “standing position”, they panic and flee towards the sea. In the rush, females unfortunately leave very often their young behind them, many youngs are lost then and take a lot of time to find their mother. For some of them who are already fragile or injured, this extra effort to flee is very expensive and exhausting, sometimes leading them to death.

Other species are negatively interacting with walkers on these wild coasts. Breeding birds, brown hyenas, jackals and other predators on the coast are also disturbed by the passage of cars off-track, or by walkers who do not respect a reasonable distance between them and wild animals.

About our PARTNER :

TOSCO, which means Tourism Supporting Conservation, is a non-profit organization that connects the tourism industry to local people and organizations fighting for the conservation of native wildlife. By supporting conservation projects and local people, TOSCO Trust contributes to safeguarding Namibia’s natural resources. TOSCO is also committed to promoting eco-friendly tourism in the country.

Because in Namibia, people and wildlife coexist peacefully in many places. Wild animals freely roam the scenic landscapes of Namibia, which constitute a real tourist attraction for the country. But this proximity also often generates conflicts for people whose livelihoods are already adversely affected by wildlife. After a series of conflicts between humans and wild animals, passionate tourism operators then took up their responsibilities and joined forces to help avoid and mitigate these conflicts in the interest of local communities, wildlife, flora, fauna, and  tourism.

Thus, TOSCO Trust was founded in 2012. The objective of TOSCO is to generate funds to help rural people in their efforts to safeguard the natural resources exploited by tourism, especially wildlife, on the communal lands of Namibia.

TOSCO also strives to provide a communication platform for stakeholders, in particular the tourism industry, organizations for animal protection, nature and local populations, in order to raise their awareness of animal conservation and responsible tourism in Namibia.

TOSCO and HISA :

Funds raised from TOSCO members are used to fund projects approved by the TOSCO committee. These projects may vary from year to year depending on identified needs and available funds. Donors have a say in the programs chosen. HISA made a commitment to TOSCO and became a member at the beginning of December 2018. We are therefore delighted to provide our financial support for this project and we will be happy to bring our expertise to TOSCO if necessary.

DON’T FORGET :

When approaching a sea lion colony, adopt the following technique:

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