Fighting against poaching in Manda National Park

Published February 2019

Portrait of a Southern giraffe

Increasing international demand for wildlife parts created pressure on the Manda National Park (MNP) in Chad and resulted in a decline of many species. In 1993 the four townships bordering MNP created a Village Committee to monitor the park in order to conserve its natural resources and reduce poaching. The overall objective was to ensure sustainable management of MNP.

Location

Manda National Park is roughly 115,000 hectares in size and is located in southern Chad.

The poaching and wildlife trade problem

Species affected African Elephant Loxodonta africana , Big Cats , Giraffe , Rhinoceros

Products in trade

Various animal parts, such as elephant tusks and rhino horn are traded in international markets.

Overview of the problem

Professional poachers who generally come from other countries, and are well-organised and equipped.

The strategy

Strengthening disincentives for illegal behaviour

Raising community awareness about wildlife crime penalties and sanctions
Strengthening and supporting traditional norms and sanctions against IWT
Further detail

Sensitise the local populations on the problems and illegality of poaching.

Improving education and awareness

Further detail

Inform local communities about the importance of conserving the Park.

Organisers, donors and partners

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