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 engage communities and deliver resources to protect vulnerable and endangered species from poaching.


Approach

We aim to prevent poaching through a combination of capacity building our in-country partners anti-poaching units, and rolling out projects that will benefit economically marginalised 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 keystone species such as elephants and rhinos.  We enact this through:

Strategy


1. Counter Poaching

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

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

*   Deliver training in data capture and data analytics; and

*   Ensure data protection protocols are learnt and met.

NOTE: Analysis of extensive and robust data will highlight which routes are most frequently used by animals and the paths likely to be travelled 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. 


2. Community enrichment

Reduce the desire and/or need for rural people to poach by:

•     educating park adjacent communities about the environmental and the fiscal benefits of healthy ecosystems, and the adverse impact that poaching has on these;

•     raising awareness about mandatory prison sentencing and length of sentences imposed for poaching endangered species;

•     establishing community enrichment projects including:  

Beekeeping – provide beekeeper starter sets, honey bees to start colonies, training (for beehives building, beekeeping and the basics of running an owner-operator small business), supply scrap and repurposed materials for constructing hives, identify existing and potential markets and provide sales support.

Conservation farming – collaborate with other organisations to facilitate food security through training in environmentally and economically sustainable farming practices. (Conservation farming protects soil from erosion and degradation; contributes to the preservation of water; enhances biodiversity in the agricultural production system; reduces costs and labour; optimises yield; and sequesters carbon, thereby contributing to climate change mitigation)

Mitigating Human-wildlife conflict – employing natural environmentally sustainable defences such as beehive and chili ‘fences', and technology such as solar-powered strobe lights to deter elephants, reduce crop-damage and protect farmers by minimising encounters.  

Association of artisans – Support the establishment of community cooperatives to facilitate income generation opportunities such as the domestic and international sale of legal goods

Tourism – Support community initiatives to identify and set up tour based small businesses to tap into and compliment wildlife tourism

Guardian scheme  – Support the establishment of place-based community coordinated task-forces to enable community policing of poaching activities


(In regard to Covid-19, Poaching Prevention will promote best practice and adhere to social distancing guidelines)