We’re thrilled to be a part of ECoS, a new Centre of Excellence for Applied Conservation Science dedicated to the translation and application of science to conservation. For more about this exciting initiative, check out the ECoS website.
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.
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.