Combating the surge of illegal wildlife trade (IWT) devastating wildlife populations is an urgent global priority for conservation. Here we set out a conceptual framework to guide efforts to effectively combat IWT through actions at community level.
Southeast Asia has the lowest proportion of remaining forest cover and highest rate of contemporary deforestation of any tropical region. This project aims to use agroforestry to restore degraded tropical forests in order to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as replenishing timber and non-timber forest product resources.
The impacts of El Niño are most serious in poor rural parts of the world, where households decisions about how to respond are vital if they are to minimise the harm they suffer. In this project, we examine how Wildlife Management Areas – a specific form of community-based natural resource management institution – affect the ability of local communities to respond to El Niño.
Community-based conservation (CBC) aims to benefit local people as well as to achieve conservation goals, but has been criticised for taking a simplistic view of “community” and failing to recognise differences in the preferences and motivations of community members. We explore this heterogeneity in the context of Kenya’s conservancies, focussing on the livelihood preferences of men and women living adjacent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve.