Facilitative conservation – crocodiles as a proactive conservation model, Lake Nasser

Ekramy Mohammed Elabassery Elabassery

Since its inception, the field of conservation biology has been viewed as a reactionary discipline. While this may still be the case, it is clear that a shift is necessary in conservation to a paradigm that recognizes the value of proactive conservation action. By assessing the potential of the Nile crocodile in Egypt as a sustainable resource, our project will facilitate national conservation efforts. We will address a global conservation concern not by focusing on an endangered species (though we do) or a high biodiversity site, but by working to establish a model that empowers proactive conservation as a strategy.