From poachers to protectors: engaging local communities in solutions to illegal wildlife trade

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.

Emiel de Lange

Emiel's PhD investigates how the transfer of information influences the effectiveness of behaviour change strategies in conservation

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“Gorilla Warfare”

Conservation PhD student Zac Baynham-Herd talks conservation, politics, and re-framing 'human-wildlife conflict' at the Bright Club stand up comedy show, Edinburgh, 28/07/16

Iain McNicol

Iain's current research examines how Tanzania's Wildlife Management Areas affect the ability of local communities to respond to environmental shocks.

Coping with El Niño in Tanzania: Differentiated local impacts and household-level responses

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.

Gender Differentiated Preferences for a Community-Based Conservation Initiative

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.

Andrew Dobson

Andy is using agent based models to explore how ranger patrols and poachers interact, and what this means for protected area management.

Harriet Ibbett

Harriet's work in eastern Cambodia focuses on understanding hunting in a tropical forest ecosystem.

Learning From Observational Data To Improve Protected Area Management

Law enforcement is an essential part of Protected Area (PA) management. This project aims to determine how patrol data can best be analysed by PA managers to monitor enforcement effort, inform future patrolling strategies, and motivate rangers.

Tom Mason

Tom is a conservation ecologist interested in how wild animal populations respond to changes in their environment.