Posted on 25 August 2017
WWF-Myanmar has organised an 8-day training to provide basic but vital knowledge to the Elephant Emergency Response Units on a variety of issues including law enforcement methods and intelligence gathering.
Yangon, July 28th
- WWF-Myanmar has organised an 8-day training to provide basic but vital knowledge to the Elephant Emergency Response Units on a variety of issues including law enforcement methods and intelligence gathering.
The training was jointly organised by WWF-Myanmar together with Myanma Timber Enterprise, Smithsonian Conservation Biodiversity Institute, Friends of Wildlife and the International Elephant Foundation from 17 -26 July 2017 in Yangon.
During the training, 45 rangers from Elephant Emergency Response Units around the country were trained to be able to collect and report on data, understand the biodiversity values in the landscape, identify and report illegal activity, conduct patrols, and manage and process crime scenes.
“Training rangers is the first step on our journey to win this battle against poachers,” said Christy Williams, country director of WWF Myanmar. “Rangers are on the conservation front lines, protecting the world’s natural and cultural treasures. With their commitment and the help of our supporters, there is hope for Asian elephants.”
WWF expect that all 45 rangers will be able to patrol by September in the areas where poaching of elephants significantly happened.
There are fewer than 50,000 Asian elephants left in the wild and fewer than 2,000 in Myanmar. For decades, they’ve faced threats of habitat loss, human-elephant conflict, and, to a lesser extent as only male Asian elephants carry tusks, poaching to meet the demand for ivory. But now they’re being killed for their skin and other body parts.