Monitoring wildlife snaring in Southeast Asia and a review of related legislation

  • Focal species: Asiatic black bear, Sun bear
  • Secondary species: civets, mongoose, Muntjac, porcupines, rabbits (e.g. Annamite Striped Rabbit), sambar, Saola
  • Countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, India, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam
  • Name of organisation: Monitor Conservation Research Society
  • Support requested:
    contributions for specific items >1000 euro
  • Does this project benefit local people in other ways: Snaring is a threat to local livelihoods in a number of ways. Poachers using snares are depleting the regions wildlife, thus undermining any attempts at securing levels of sustainable use of wildlife for local people. As eco-tourism is a growing industry in Southeast Asia, depeltion of wildlife and general degradation of forests hinders opportunties for local people to develop and profit from eco-tourim.
  • This project concept is endorsed by:
    • the EAZA TAG relevant to the primary taxon

Project Description

Poaching wildlife with snares is considered a primary driver of declines in tropical forest vertebrates in Southeast Asia. There is no standard method for monitoring snaring patterns over space and time and assessments rely largely on expert opinion and anecdotal data. Legislation restricting the use of snares is generally regarded as insufficient in Southeast Asian countries, however there has been no formal review to summarize strengths and weaknesses. We will create a baseline measure of snaring prevalence in Southeast Asian IUCN protected areas. We will gather data from a representative sample of IUCN protected areas within 11 Southeast Asian countries using a standardized questionnaire sent to biologists with first-hand knowledge of each protected area. With this questionnaire, we will generate information on the status of wildlife snaring across core habitat in Southeast Asia and highlight at-risk areas where there are high levels of snaring and low levels of law enforcement. Our questionnaire will be a platform with which to monitor trends in wildlife snaring over time. A review of national legislation pertaining to wildlife snaring will identify gaps or weaknesses and lead to recommendations for improvement.

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