|Country||Tanzania, United Republic of|
|Date||3 Aug 2020|
Our Rufford-funded project in the Ugalla ecosystem of western Tanzania is broken down into various phases. The initial two phases (2013 to 2017) estimated the magnitude and extent of poaching alongside other illegal behaviours (e.g. Wilfred et al., 2017). The present phase (which started in 2018) aims to contribute towards deterring illegal behaviours in two stages. In the first stage (December 2018-December 2019) we trained rangers and implemented SMART technology so to improve ranger patrols. We are now in the second stage; in this stage we will work along with wildlife rangers and managers to target the right interventions to the local communities. To this end, we will first assess the underlying drivers of poaching using household questionnaires and focus groups as data collection tools. By sampling villages that supply a huge number of poachers and those with fewer poachers based on long-term law enforcement records, rangers’ knowledge, and our previous projects, we will be able to identify community engagement interventions pertinent to people living locally with wildlife in Ugalla. Results generated by SMART will also inform the identification of these interventions. Furthermore, we will begin implementing some of these interventions in collaboration with local people. We envisage that the lessons that will be drawn from this work will inform efforts to improve the capacity of conservation authorities not only in Ugalla but also in other areas of conservation importance in Tanzania.
Wilfred, P., Milner-Gulland, E.J. & Travers, H.W.L. (2017). Attitudes to illegal behaviours and conservation in western Tanzania. Oryx. doi:10.1017/S0030605317000862
Read abut Paulo's previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/paulo_wilfred_1 or for more information contact: