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ABCG-AWF Event: Responding to Africa's Wildlife Poaching Crisis

by Joseph Badash last modified May 11, 2015 12:47 AM
Please join us for a brown bag presentation by: Philip Muruthi, Senior Director of Conservation Science, the African Wildlife Foundation
When May 12, 2015
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1250 24th Street, NW Conf. Room 1108 Washington DC, DC 20037
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Contact Phone +1-202-495-4688
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Poaching and trafficking of Africa's wildlife is escalating to unsustainable crisis proportions. This presentation will highlight how African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and partners are responding under three key areas - Stop the Killing, Stop the Trafficking, and Stop the Demand. In 2012 AWF established, in addition to its overall conservation approach, a Species Protection Grants Program under which a $10 million Urgent Response Fund was started in 2014. This talk will discuss how species and populations for support are selected, which populations have been supported and which will be targeted in the coming two years. Countries targeted and specific support provided under Stop the Trafficking will be reported. Efforts under Stop the Demand have been targeted to China and Vietnam but recently we have embarked on a campaign focused on Africa starting with Tanzania.  AWF prioritized supporting boots on the ground, providing prosecutorial training, deploying detector dogs at ports, and campaigns towards reducing demand. This talk will portray expenditures on each group of focal species including elephants, great apes, large carnivores and rhinoceros. Although the overall trend in poaching is of great concern, our program combined with efforts of partners is achieving positive results in many focal populations. The poaching crisis is happening within the context of habitat loss and fragmentation and only through concerted efforts can the continued survival of Africa's wildlife can be ensured.

About Dr. Muruthi

A conservation biologist by training, Philip Muruthi has more than 17 years' experience in applied research, conservation, and management of natural resources. He has studied wildlife species and habitats with a focus on the impact of humans on these resources. As a member of the technical team at AWF, Philip is charged with shaping African Wildlife Foundation's (AWF)'s programs in conservation and livelihood improvement. Philip has overseen AWF's growing conservation science portfolio, designing and managing programs in eastern, central, and southern Africa. He has facilitated landscape conservation plans at both macro and micro levels (protected and community areas). Muruthi has participated in policy formulation processes in the environment, wildlife, and land sectors and provided policy inputs in several countries. Philip is leading AWF's new multidisciplinary species protection and law enforcement initiative which aims to stem the current poaching crisis at three levels: Stopping the Killing of endangered species, Stopping the Trafficking of wildlife parts, and Stopping the Demand for illegal wildlife products.

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