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PWCF tackles the illegal wildlife trade

Elephant and trained rangers

PWCF makes grant to Tusk

The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation (PWCF) awarded a grant to Tusk to support their work to tackle poaching and the Illegal Wildlife Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa. PWCF funded two projects which focussed on training rangers in proven interception tracking tactics; training park level intelligence staff for their role; and improving the co-ordination of information sharing between protected areas.

Fifty-five rangers from six countries (Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) were trained in basic-level interception tracking, during three separate training sessions, and an information sharing strategy for the African Parks Network was completed.

Over a relatively short period, the trial projects have already resulted in some significant successes for the protected areas concerned, with a sustained reduction in the loss of elephant and rhino in areas such as Zimbabwe's Savé Valley Conservancy, Liwonde National Park and Majete National Park in Malawi being reported.

This work is now being scaled up across the Sub-Saharan region thanks to a grant from DEFRA's Challenge Fund.