Despite New Tactics, Africa Needs More Holistic Approach to Poaching

Rangers prepare a darted rhino near Skukuza, South Africa, for transport by truck to an area hopefully safe from poachers, Nov. 20, 2014 (AP photo by Denis Farrell).
Rangers prepare a darted rhino near Skukuza, South Africa, for transport by truck to an area hopefully safe from poachers, Nov. 20, 2014 (AP photo by Denis Farrell).
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Earlier this month South Africa announced plans to relocate 200 rhinoceroses after anti-poaching efforts in Kruger National Park proved ineffective. In an email interview, Natasha White, a research assistant at the Graduate Institute’s Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding in Geneva, discussed poaching trends in Africa. WPR: What new tactics are governments adopting to curb poaching, and what is driving their adoption? Natasha White: Over the past few years, there has been a shift in the scale and nature of poaching. Governments are increasingly acknowledging the severity of its impacts, which stretch far beyond the devastating drop in elephant and […]

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