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Local communities ‘have a key role’ in the war on wildlife poachers

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Local communities may hold the key to saving the world's imperilled rhinos, elephants, tigers, and other wildlife from extinction at the hands of ruthless poachers.

The role of local people in combatting the worldwide poaching crisis and illegal trade in wild animals, their body parts and plants is the theme of a global symposium involving governments, donors, scientists and conservation organisations.

Australia’s ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), at the University of Queensland is the scientific partner for a symposium led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi) with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), the Austrian Ministry of Environment and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, the GIZ and USAID.  The symposium is “Beyond enforcement: communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating wildlife crimewildlife crime” will be held at Glenburn Lodge, near Johannesburg, South Africa, from 26‐28 February 2015.

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The Environmental Decisions Group is a network of conservation researchers working on the science of effective decision making to better conserve biodiversity.  The EDG includes a variety of Australian and International research centres, hubs and teams, all focused on Environmental Decisions Science, including, but not limited to:

With such a wide range of scientific institutions and groups involved in The EDG, including hundreds of researchers ranging from PhD, Masters and Honours students, through Early Career Researchers to senior Research fellows, research funding obviously comes from a variety of sources.  However in 2011, The EDG simultaneously secured substantial funding through the Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence program and the Australian Governments National Environmental Research Program.

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