Strengthening Management To Reduce Threats
To track changes in the level of threats to wildlife and their habitat and to evaluate the effectiveness of management efforts we are increasingly building capacity of protected areas agencies, ranger-based programs and community ecoguard patrols to implement SMART – the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool. SMART is a suite of best practices aimed at helping protected area and wildlife managers better monitor, evaluate and adaptively manage patrolling activities. Its powerful software application improves the ability of protected area agencies and other community-based natural resource management programs to combat poaching and other illegal activities. SMART allows us to measure changes in the level of threats across a landscape or seascape and helps us to target conservation actions where threats are greatest.