Category Archives: South Africa

‘White gold’: Kenya’s black tale of greed

The three ‘C’s – commerce, colonialism and criminalisation of indigenous hunting – created the illegal poaching and smuggling networks in Kenya In the first blog on Kenya’s role in the international ivory trade, I concentrated on the current picture and … Continue reading

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The nature of ‘militarization’ (2)

‘Shoot-to-kill’ is part of a general criticism of ‘militarization’ in wildlife protection terms that the use of force is synonymous with coercion and violence, and also that ‘militarized’ counter-poaching can be prioritized to the detriment of community-based natural resource management … Continue reading

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Wildlife Conservation Game Theory

This post considers how board games can be used as enjoyable, interactive educational tools to teach key themes in topics such as wildlife conservation. Board games, war games and online games have been around for some time. While many of … Continue reading

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Unravelling rhino riddles

Why are some countries more effective than others at controlling rhino poaching, asks Paul Tanghe. Since 2008, surging consumer demand in Vietnam and China has triggered a global crisis in rhino poaching. In South Africa, the twentieth-century paradigm of conservation … Continue reading

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The Business Solution To Rhino Conservation

You may assume from the title of this post that it will be arguing for the legalisation of the rhino trade as the only means to protect rhino, but that is not the case. While there are arguments both for … Continue reading

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‘Rhinofication’ of South Africa

The rhino-poaching crisis in South Africa poses a question about whether it should be tackled through judicial processes or by the application of more hard power methods? From the earliest ages, the poaching of wildlife has been met with a … Continue reading

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If you have a goose that lays a golden egg, why would you destroy demand for golden eggs? A defence of the legalisation of the wildlife trade

The recent meeting at Lancaster house to discuss the illegal wildlife trade, which brought together world leaders, conservationists and two future British Monarchs, has once again focused attention on the plight of many endangered species and the methods that should … Continue reading

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Terrorism and wildlife

Coming from one direction is the ‘Western Way of War’ and in the other an ‘arms race’: at the centre of both directions is the protection (and poaching) of wildlife. 2013 has seen a steady escalation in ‘hard power’ efforts … Continue reading

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COIN and rhinos

Last December South African retired Major General Johan Jooste introduced his new role as czar of anti-poaching operations throughout the country’s 22 national parks (SANParks) with the words:’it is a fact that South Africa, a sovereign country, is under attack … Continue reading

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A Jooste War: 3/final

The point of counter-insurgency is to restore some parity to create enough ‘breathing space’ to allow a political settlement: ‘the political object is the goal, war is the means of reaching it, and means can never be considered in isolation … Continue reading

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