GI for Sustainability

GI & Sustainability I

5508.2 - Mapping community vulnerability to poaching: A whole-of-society approach

Wednesday, July 5
1:50 PM - 2:10 PM
Location: Maryland C

Wildlife crime, especially rhinoceros poaching is endemic in South Africa. Various approaches ranging from very sophisticated near-military interventions to engaging with communities are currently employed to reduce the levels of wildlife crime in South Africa. A methodology being investigated is the use of a whole-of-society approach. The paper investigates the community analysis part of whole-of-society approach to reduce the levels of wildlife crime. The indicators of vulnerability are discussed based on research conducted by several authors and selected on the basis that these can be obtained from generally available data such as census data. Indicators linked with high levels of risk are identified and can then be used to improve the livelihoods of communities next to game parks with hope of reducing their vulnerability to be coerced into wildlife crime by criminal syndicates.

Peter Schmitz

Principal Researcher
CSIR Built Environment

Dr Peter Schmitz holds a PhD in Geography and a BSc (Hons) degree in Geoinformatics and works ate the CSIR in South Africa. He is active in geospatial analysis and forensic geography. He is also active in logistics specialising in supply chains for the military and spatial data as well as in forensic geoscience. He has been part of the CSIR team that did the election-night forecasting at national and local municipal elections since 1999.He is currently the commission chair of the ICA Commission on Map Production and Geoinformation Management.

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Horst Kremers

CODATA-Germany Chair, Berlin (Germany)

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