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Ranger perceptions of the role of local communities in providing actionable information on wildlife crime

Anagnostou, Michelle, Mwedde, Geoffrey, Roe, Dilys, Smith, Robert J., Travers, Henry, Baker, Julia (2020) Ranger perceptions of the role of local communities in providing actionable information on wildlife crime. Conservation Science and Practice, . E-ISSN 2578-4854. (doi:10.1111/csp2.202) (KAR id:80806)

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Abstract

Wildlife crime in protected areas remains a major challenge to conservation. However, little is known about the role of local communities in providing information on illegal activities to help improve law enforcement efforts in protected areas. As an initial exploration of this complex topic, we aimed to understand the perceptions of law enforcement authorities working directly with local communities on the conditions under which local people provide information to park rangers, using Murchison Falls Protected Area in Uganda as a case study. We used semi‐structured interviews and questionnaires to understand the perceptions of staff from the Uganda Wildlife Authority and nongovernmental organizations. There was consensus among participants that people who provide information are those who have trusted relationships with rangers

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/csp2.202
Uncontrolled keywords: bushmeat; community engagement; conservation criminology; environmental crime; informants; law enforcement; Murchison Falls National Park; poaching; protected areas; Uganda
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH324.2 Computational biology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Bob Smith
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2020 09:48 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/80806 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Smith, Robert J.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1599-9171
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