SUMMARY: Wayne Lotter and Krissie Clark look at how a community in Tanzania have managed to curb elephant poaching in one of the worst impacted areas in Africa.
Based in southern Tanzania, the Ruvuma Elephant Project (REP) is situated in the important ecological corridor where Selous Game Reserve links with Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique. The report suggests that current anti-poaching norms are not the only way to solve the elephant poaching crisis and that a dynamic approach has more effective outcomes.
Anti-poaching tends to treat symptoms rather than causes and much can be learnt from the successes of the Ruvuma Elephant Project.
Read the full report here: Community involvement and joint operations aid effective anti-poaching
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