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Community Camera Trapping

Community benefits linked to the presence of wildlife

One of the main threats to conservation is that local people receive little or no tangible, relevant benefits from wildlife presence, in order to outweigh the costs that such wildlife can impose. Conservation projects do often provide community benefits, such as scholarships etc, but these are usually associated with the presence of the project rather than the wildlife itself. Therefore, even if people receive the benefits, they are not likely to want to maintain the wildlife, especially those species which cause conflict. 

To address this, we worked closely with local communities to develop our ‘Community Camera-Trapping’ programme. Local people monitor wildlife on their land using camera-traps, and receive points for each wild animal photographed. More points are given for more threatened species, and for those which are likely to cause most conflict. Every three months, these points are translated into additional benefits for the community, focused on their identified priority areas, such as healthcare and education. Because these benefits demonstrably, directly and transparently come from the presence of wildlife, this programme provides a clear incentive for local people to maintain wildlife on their land.

This programme has been very successful in helping community development and improving tolerance for wildlife on village land. It is now being adapted and scaled up internationally, and has been covered by international organisations and shortlisted for an award for conservation innovation.

Case-study Community Camera Trapping programme

This case-study is developed by the IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.

Wild animals captured by CCT and benefits distribution

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