This month, the Wildlife Wood Project spent almost two weeks in the field working closely with certain communities. Our partner NGO, Association de Terre et Vie (ASTEVI), has been working with the ZSL since 2009 on general outreach and communications. This year, with the development of a community surveillance network that will implicate communities in wildlife protection during their routine activities in the forest, ASTEVI has very specific goals of helping us pass a clear message about how community members can denounce illegal and unsustainable poaching activities. While the surveillance network is still in the early phases of development, ASTEVI visited the implicated communities to remind community members about wildlife laws, their access rights to the forest, and the importance of defending the forest against illegal users. Below are some pictures from the outreach events where PowerPoint presentations, music, and storytelling were used to get the messages across.
In some communities, participation was so high there weren't enough chairs! People piled into the community halls to learn about the importance of participating in the community surveillance network to protect their physical security in the forest against poachers who are well-armed, as well as to protect their nutritional well-being considering their dependence on wildlife for daily sustenance.
These "roadshows" have been very popular in communities. Most nights, the village is dark, but the roadshow comes with entertainment for people of all ages.
Backstage, there are sometimes unforeseen problems that complicate the work on the ground. This last time there was a problem with the generator, and ASTEVI had to rent generators in various participating villages. Fortunately, generators are easily found in almost every village because of the relative frequence of family events such as weddings and funerals.
Select a blog
A blog for lovers of ZSL London Zoo, bringing you extraordinary animal facts and exclusive access to the world's oldest scientific zoo.
Do you love wildlife? Discover more about our amazing animals at the UK's biggest zoo!
We're working around the world to conserve animals and their habitats, find out more about our latest achievements.
From the field to the lab, catch up with the scientists on the cutting edge of conservation biology at ZSL’s Institute of Zoology.
A day in Discovery and Learning at ZSL is never dull! The team tell us all about the exciting sessions for school children, as well as work further afield.
Ever wondered what a typical day as a zookeeper looks like, or what it's like to be a videographer at ZSL? Now you can find out!
Every month, one of the pieces held in ZSL’s Library and at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo will feature here as Artefact of the Month.
Read extracts from ZSL's award winning members' magazine, Wild About.
Get updates on our latest ranges, be the first to hear about special offers, and find the perfect gift for animal lovers!
The Chagos archipelago is a rare haven for marine biodiversity. Hear from the team about our projects to protect the environments in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).
ZSL works across Asia, from the famous national parks of Nepal to marine protected areas in the Philippines. Read the latest updates on our conservation.
An Open Access journal for research at the interface of remote sensing, ecology and conservation.