Ticks cause tick-borne diseases to their human, wildlife and livestock hosts. Control practices commonly used to reduce tick abundance include dipping, spraying, burning of vegetation and avoidance of tick prone areas. However, successful reduction of tick abundance and related tick born diseases have until now not been achieved.
As part of the Environmental Virtual Observatory for Connective Action (EVOCA) project, we aim to explore whether and how scientific and local knowledge can make a difference.
In Laikipia, Kenya, where livestock and wildlife co-exist in the same habitat utilizing common grazing and watering points, tick-related practices will be studied in relation to stakeholders’ framings, discussions and conflicts about causes, consequences and prevention of tick-borne diseases. At the seminar I will discuss my research approach and my engagement in collaborative research on the value of a prospective Tick-EVOCA.