What is the best way to beat poaching?
Have your say in this month’s reader poll.
The battle to stop wildlife crime isn’t just taking place on the African savannah – it’s happening on the Web, in the skies, in forensics laboratories and in the world’s corridors of power. In the October 2014 issue BBC Wildlife environment editor James Fair reported on 7 radical ways to beat poaching.
Read a summary of his feature below and have your say in this month’s reader poll.
What do you think is the best way to beat poaching?
1 UNDERSTAND THE ECONOMICS We know that poaching and poverty tend to be linked but one economist suggests we need to dig deeper into the causes of poaching if we really want to be able to tackle it effectively.
2 EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY Conservationists are increasingly using new technology like drones to track and prevent poaching in more remote areas of national parks.
3 USE CELEBRITIES Famous figures in the Far East are increasingly being used to challenge the consumption of products that are part of the illegal wildlife trade.
4 EXPLOIT DNA This kind of forensic evidence makes it much easier to expose criminal behaviour and prosecute the criminals behind it.
5 TREAT IT AS A CRIME Conservationists need to engage more with special law-enforcement teams as well as politicians who can highlight the issue.
6 HARNESS FREE TRADE Legally binding clauses in free trade agreements can include environmental regulations that can deliver positive results for wildlife.
7 ENGAGE WITH USER COUNTRIES The cultural use of wildlife products is not set in stone and there are plenty of examples where engaging with high profile individuals has changed the use of illegally traded wildlife products.