Counter-poaching / Wildlife Conservation

Poaching Prevention is a registered charity dedicated to protecting endangered species threatened by intensive poaching 

Charity no: 1165334

Mission Statement

To protect vulnerable and endangered species from poaching, through a combination of capacity building our in country partners anti-poaching units and rolling out projects that will benefit economically marginalized park adjacent communities.


Commitment

Poaching Prevention is committed to providing technology, training and technical support to help rangers and anti-poaching units collect and build databases of information relating to the movement of poachers and key species such as elephants and rhinos.

We are also committed to garnering local support for wildlife conservation and removing the incentive to poach, by raising awareness and creating income opportunities for disempowered communities living on the periphery of protected areas. (Community enrichment will be achieved by initiating market-based outreach projects focused on sustainable small and environmentally friendly family businesses. The same mechanism will facilitate the surreptitious raising of environmental awareness through diplomatic dialogue in the course of delivering the community enrichment projects.)


Approach

Effictive collaboration between charities, NGOs and government authorities  is key to effective wildlife law enforcement and the reduction of poaching.  Sharing the workload and the burden of costs facilitates and enhances counter-poaching efforts, making a vital contribution to curbing, and ultimately curtailing the illegal wildlife trade.  Therefore, we seek to engage with partners on long-term, sustainable counter-poaching projects.

Strategy

*   Donate technology, software and equipment, both specialised and unspecialised;

*   Facilitate training in the operation of specialist tech, such as drones, and ensurer requisite qualifications and permits are acquired;

*   Deliver training in data capture and data analytics;

*   Ensure data protection protocols are learnt and met;

*   Raise awareness and establish local community enrichment projects

Analysis of extensive and robust data will highlight which routes are most frequently used by animals and the paths likely to be traveled by poachers. This information will help conservation managers to better determine when and where future poaching incidents are likely to occur; thus enabling them to effectively allocate and deploy resources and rangers.  This data will also be used to measure project outcome. 


Community enrichment

Reduce the desire and need for rural people to poach.  Raise awareness about mandatory prison sentencing and the length of sentences imposed for poaching endangered species (many rural people that get involved in poaching are unaware of the severity of the penalties if convicted).  Educate communities about the environmental and fiscal benefits of healthy ecosystems, and establish community enrichment projects such as those listed below:  

Beekeeping -  training, provision of beehives etc and packaging for initial sales;

Conservation farming - training and practice management;

Human-wildlife conflict resolution - set up mechanisms to reduce human-wildlife conflict, including the coordination of beekeeping and conservation farming initiatives to introduce bees and chili crops on farms where human-wildlife conflict exists;

Association of artisans - set up a community cooperative to facilitate income generation opportunities through the domestic and international sale of legal goods;

Guardian scheme  -  set up local hotlines for tip-offs, through which rewards will be offered for information leading to arrests.