Saving Endangered Tigers – SOS

SOS – Save Our Species (SOS) has funded quite a few endangered species projects over the last few years. Some of these projects are ongoing, while others have been completed. One project focusing on endangered tigers, which has now been completed, was titled SMART: A SPATIAL MONITORING AND REPORTING TOOL.  

According to Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS the project was designed to help with law enforcement efforts to protect in four pilot programs, which would then be expanded.

“This project proposes to implement a new tool – SMART – for planning, implementing, monitoring and reporting law enforcement efforts in a number of breeding source sites across the tiger’s range,” says Vié. “The project will focus on four pilot sites selected from across the tigers range to fully field-test the software tool, and then a regional-scale roll out of SMART will be proposed across nine tiger sites encompassing Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Russia and Lao PDR.”

“Wild tigers are in a critical state with less than 3,500 individuals remaining, of which only around 1,000 are thought to be breeding females,” says Vié. “Breeding populations are scattered across a number of small areas and are at risk of further decline due to unsustainable hunting of the prey base and direct poaching to satisfy an illegal market for skins, bones and other body parts.”

Vié says current conservation strategy must adapt fast to change the status quo and improve enforcement effectiveness in protecting and recovering these breeding populations. Monitoring tools, supported by robust capacity-building initiatives, and designed to help law enforcement agencies empower their staff, boost motivation, increase efficiency, improve effectiveness and promote transparency are a central part of this strategy.

“Through SMART, we aim to reduce poaching pressure on tigers and their prey by strengthening the capacity and motivation of protected area staff in executing effective enforcement operations,” says Vié. “Much progress for tiger conservation has already been made on the political stage; this now needs to be underpinned by reliable measures of demonstrated progress on the ground with which to evaluate effectiveness and invest accordingly.”

Go here to learn more about SOS and the SMART project.

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