Support of the Anti-Poaching Teams 9-1 & 9-2 of Northern Rangelands Trust Conservancies
Ian Craig, Northern Rangelands Trust, Kenya

The joint anti-poaching teams are armed rangers that protect the wildlife and communities of Northern Rangelands Trust, the gold standard of community conservancy programs. The teams have led to significant declines in elephant poaching throughout NRT and reversed the trend which had been steadily increasing since 2010. The teams have also helped to improve the civil and government security response to the theft of livestock and highway banditry as the same people are frequently involved in all three activities. The diversion of government security agencies attention and the economic impact of COVID-19 has led to an upsurge of crime, making the operation of these anti-poaching teams even more essential to protect and maintain the significant gains made towards wildlife protection and improvement of community livelihoods over the years.