Over the past 50 years, various forms of poaching have significantly diminished the large mammal populations of the Ennedi Massif.
As a result, key species including lion, cheetah, ostrich, Dama gazelle, oryx and addax have completely disappeared. Effective law enforcement is needed to protect the remaining large mammals, which are still subject to poaching pressure. Key threats to Ennedi currently include the hunting of Barbary sheep and Dorcas gazelles; conflict between herders and carnivores including striped hyaenas and golden jackals, arising from predation on livestock; unsustainable livestock and farming practices such as overgrazing; wood harvesting; unregulated vehicle activities; and degradation of archaeological sites.
African Parks has identified several measures in which it is investing heavily in to counteract these threats. Key among them is establishing a well-trained and equipped law enforcement team to carry out monitoring, patrols and surveillance. In addition, needed infrastructure and communication systems will be established. Importantly, all law enforcement efforts will be coordinated through close collaboration with local communities and regional authorities.
African Parks will recruit and train rangers from local communities who will be deployed throughout Ennedi to ensure wildlife and its ecosystems are protected. New recruits will complete a basic field rangers course and current rangers will receive specialised training to protect the park in accordance of with African Parks standard operating procedures. Training will include the use of firearms, patrolling and tracking methods, navigation, data collection, communication, and first aid operations.
We will implement improved intelligence systems in Ennedi, and adapt the law enforcement operations from a reactive anti-poaching strategy to an active counter-poaching strategy which will disrupt and decrease illegal activity. In addition, a communications and technology network will be constructed throughout the park, and all information will be centralised 24 hours a day at the operations coordination centre. Through improved communication systems and information gathering, the intelligence system will enhance our efforts to protect the reserve.
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