Existing EffortsThe LNP protection unit improved their levels of success during 2013 with the arrest of 43 poachers (up from 14 in 2012), and the confiscation of 21 rifles (up from 15 in 2012). Following on the protection turn around strategy implemented in 2012, these successes are attributed to a number of factors including the establishment of performance targets and results based incentive schemes, improved disciplinary measures and an improved operating environment. The latter factor included the upgrade of living conditions and availability of resources such as rifles, vehicles and patrol equipment. The Park is realizing further success over 2014 following the deployment of a newly established 30 man field ranger unit, whose activities are focused in the “Intensive Protection Zone” along LNP’s western boundary with Kruger. The unit continues to undertake coordinated activities with KNP forces as part of “Operation Capricorn”, focused on dealing with the greatest threat to rhinos and elephants in the region. Whilst these are encouraging signs, the number of rhino and elephant carcasses continues to increase, as LNP operates with limited resources. The IAPF is committed to fighting the rhino poaching crisis by supporting the rangers who risk their lives daily protecting our heritage.
IAPF project goal:To work with existing stakeholders in support of a long-term anti-poaching strategy for Limpopo National Park, which bolsters regional efforts in safeguarding biodiversity.
- OBJECTIVE 1: Source and implement field equipment to support anti-poaching operations;
- OBJECTIVE 2: Upgrade living conditions and incentives for rangers at LNP;
- OBJECTIVE 3: Identify, procure and implement specialist technology and systems for wildlife protection;
- OBJECTIVE 4: Upgrade the communications capabilities, both internally and externally;
- OBJECTIVE 5: Drive a GIS mapping system that identifies, plots and predicts patterns relevant to supporting the Park Management Plan.
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