Women’s Month: Sarah Hulley – Conservation Outcomes
Sarah Hulley completed her MPhil in Environment, Society and Sustainability at the University of Cape Town in 2015. Her thesis topic focused on resource management around agricultural land on the West Coast of South Africa (The Food-Energy-Water-Land-Biodiversity (FEWLB) Nexus through the lens of the Local Level: An Agricultural Case Study). Before completing her MPhil, she obtained an Honours Degree from Rhodes University through the Geography Department, under the Water Management Programme.
Although born and bred in the KZN Midlands, Sarah is very much at home amongst our ericas and proteas, and, soon after graduating, she joined the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve team as a field researcher and guide.
She went on to spend two years working in China, where she taught English at a University in Shanghai. Sarah found the environmental community in her area particularly strong and enjoyed taking part in environmental NGO initiatives.
She is now based back in South Africa and looks forward to being part of community development through biodiversity conservation. She recently moved to the Western Cape to ensure the smooth continuation of Conservation Outcomes’ TMF-funded project, and is now working closely on-the-ground with CapeNature, assisting them with their Private Nature Reserve work.
“I am beginning to realize that conservation is not only about conserving biodiverse areas, it includes a huge supportive role towards people in a wide range of backgrounds. Understanding their views and needs and enabling the heartfelt protection of the environment for the benefit of all. Conservation can only work with the buy in of people on the ground and this requires building trust from the bottom up so that more can be achieved together.”