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Wildlife Poisoning Prevention and Conflict Resolution originates from a need to address conflict between people and wildlife, realizing that many people use poisons for poaching, or to kill animals perceived as a problem to them. Intentional poison abuse for commercial poaching is increasing. We are driven by our passion to resolve wildlife conflicts using Best Practice solutions.* Our Mission is to help and encourage people and organisations to practice conservation as a habit in their daily lives.
* Our Vision is for people and wildlife to live together sustainably.
* Our experience embraces formal wildlife protection views in parallel with conservation on private and community land by ordinary people – them, you and me working together pragmatically to achieve mutual benefit.
* Our point of departure is recognising that conflicts do exist; but we apply Systems Thinking principles to environmental management practices, so that cause and effect are considered in decision making; and that the most efficient and effective long term conflict mitigation or prevention principles are applied.
About Wildlife Poisoning Prevention and Conflict Mitigation
Our Keystone project is wildlife poisoning prevention. To achieve this we intend to train at least 50 rangers or enforcement officials in forensic investigation of poisoning crimes per year, or more if we have sufficient funding.
Apart from this cornerstone, we advise our clients on how to apply systems thinking methodologies and appropriate wildlife management principles and practices to address wildlife poisoning and other conflict scenarios throughout Southern and Eastern Africa.
This includes drafting of wildlife management plans, training and advisory services, support to land-managers and enforcement agencies, wildlife poisoning prevention, investigation, and prosecution advise. We offer advice and support for conflicts with all species, ranging from mosquitoes to elephants, seeking cost effective and locally applicable and available solutions. Resolutions of conflict between people and wildlife in agricultural, forestry, and urban scenarios is a key activity of the organisation.
Our experince in the field is broad. Our objective is to establish a harmonious relationship between people and wildlife; preempting and preventing conflict through appropriate economically sensitive management planning.
Our CEO, Tim Snow, is a co-author of the booklet “Predators and Farmers” and has collaborated on many other publications. Tim is chairman of the National Invasive Animal Forum and established the National Chemical Crime Management Forum. He is Vice Chair of the IUCN South African members committee, is an executive committee member of SA Wingshooters, and is on the executive committee of the Game Rangers Association of Africa.
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