PACE reducing human-wildlife conflict
Human-wildlife conflict is a common reason for local communities not to support wildlife conservation - when elephants damage crops or wild cats prey on livestock a common response is to get rid of the wildlife. One area where PACE has been successful is sharing win : win solutions to human-wildlife conflict, examples of how communities have either protected their livestock or used other deterrents to keep animals away.
A recent evaluation of PACE conservation education interventions revealed the impact that we’ve had on reducing human-wildlife conflict in areas where communities live in close proximity to wildlife. Ninety three per cent of those surveyed noted that either ‘no-one’ (53%) or ‘not many people’ (40%) were applying any techniques to deter elephants from crop raiding, prior to PACE conservation education interventions, but 46% noted that ‘a lot of people do’ after learning about techniques from PACE case studies.
Do communities avoid conflict by protecting their livestock from predators? All of the organisations surveyed said that ‘few or no one was doing this’ (which is why they used PACE), but afterwards 36% reported that 'many do' and only 18% observed that 'no one does'.
Communities have also learned to monitor the extent of conflict. All respondents reported that ‘not many’ or ‘some’ people monitored human wildlife conflict before using PACE, 80% noted that after using PACE ‘a lot do now’
PACE has helped communities living in close proximity to wildlife to be pro-active so that people and wildlife can thrive, together, safely.