PAMS Foundation supports various community based conservation projects in Africa. Community areas surrounding protected areas are also often set aside as conservation areas. They are important for conserving wildlife and habitats, but also act as buffer zones or corridors.
Poachers typically need to pass through these community areas and spend lot of time in villages or in some cases, they are from these villages. Hence, it is common for villagers to get tempted into participating in poaching activities.
The team at PAMS Foundation goes out of our way to work with communities to help them protect their crops and livestock, receive education on sustainable livelihoods and manage their conservation areas. Making best friends of the community leads to many of them becoming the best allies for wildlife protection and conservation authorities. Such communities take better care of their resources and reveal those who assist in poaching activities to the relevant authorities.