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Predicting the effectiveness of community anti poaching patrols for conserving threatened wildlife in the Lao PDR

Kragt, Marit; Hay, Eric; Scheufele, Gabriela; Bennett, Jeffrey; Renton, Michael

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1. Worldwide, wildlife poaching results in significant losses to biodiversity, especially for species that are most vulnerable and at risk of extinction. While studies that assess the impact of poaching have been conducted, there is limited work that evaluates strategies to reduce poaching pressure, and their subsequent effects on wildlife. 2. We develop a model to predict the effectiveness of a unique community-led antipoaching patrol programme for conserving local wildlife in a...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorKragt, Marit
dc.contributor.authorHay, Eric
dc.contributor.authorScheufele, Gabriela
dc.contributor.authorBennett, Jeffrey
dc.contributor.authorRenton, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-12T01:56:42Z
dc.identifier.issn0021-8901
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/212438
dc.description.abstract1. Worldwide, wildlife poaching results in significant losses to biodiversity, especially for species that are most vulnerable and at risk of extinction. While studies that assess the impact of poaching have been conducted, there is limited work that evaluates strategies to reduce poaching pressure, and their subsequent effects on wildlife. 2. We develop a model to predict the effectiveness of a unique community-led antipoaching patrol programme for conserving local wildlife in a biodiversity hotspot in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). Our model scenarios are based on local villagers’ proposals to undertake anti-poaching patrols. To deal with limited data availability in this region, we develop a flexible modelling framework that can incorporate a range of data sources, including expert opinion. The model can be readily altered by the user if additional data becomes available. 3. The results predict that, without intervention, 14 out of the 19 endangered species investigated are likely to be poached to local extinction over the next 10 years. Implementing anti-poaching patrols is predicted to protect individual animals and species in the area, although with diminishing marginal benefits as patrol-efforts increase. 4. Synthesis and applications. We present the first model developed in the Southeast Asia region to examine the effectiveness of community anti-poaching patrols on protecting wildlife populations. This work is directly linked to an innovative Payments for Environmental Services programme where villagers are being paid for community-led anti-poaching patrols. Our model results demonstrate how different patrolling strategies can help to protect vulnerable species, and are being used to determine the payment levels for different patrolling schemes.
dc.description.sponsorshipAustralian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Grant/Award Number: FST/2011/003; Australian Research Council, Grant/Award Number: DE160101306
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherBritish Ecological Society
dc.rights© 2019 The Authors. Journal of Applied Ecology © 2019 British Ecological Society
dc.sourceJournal of Applied Ecology
dc.source.urihttps://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13527
dc.subjectcommunity-based conservation
dc.subjectdata limitations
dc.subjectmodelling framework
dc.subjectpoaching
dc.subjectpoachingpatrol model
dc.subjectranger patrols
dc.subjectSouth-East Asia
dc.subjectthreatened species
dc.titlePredicting the effectiveness of community anti poaching patrols for conserving threatened wildlife in the Lao PDR
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolumeOnline
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor140205 - Environment and Resource Economics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4734594xPUB141
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationKragt, Marit, University of Western Australia
local.contributor.affiliationHay, Eric, University of Western Australia
local.contributor.affiliationScheufele, Gabriela, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationBennett, Jeffrey, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationRenton, Michael, University of Western Australia
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE160101306
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage320
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage330
local.identifier.doi/10.1111/1365-2664.13527
local.identifier.absseo960699 - Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2022-02-20T07:21:32Z
local.identifier.thomsonIDWOS:000502614900001
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