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Analysing the use of remote sensing & geospatial technology to combat wildlife crime in East and Southern Africa
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis analyses the use of remote sensing technologies in efforts that seek to combat wildlife crime in East and Southern Africa. Companies and organisations working on the development of remote sensing technology used for anti-poaching efforts, in the study region, are identified through the creation of a database. The social impacts and risks involved in using these technologies are then outlined by analysing the responses to a research survey from those in the conservation community working with wildlife crime. The species focus is on rhino and elephant poaching, thus, the thesis begins with a background on the legislation surrounding both the hunting and trade of these species. Stockpiling of rhino horn and elephant tusk will be discussed as well as other anti-poaching strategies that do not use remote sensing technology. Three key research questions are then answered: Which remote sensing technologies are in use and what kinds of companies and organisations are mainly working on their development? What are the main risks of using remote sensing technology to specifically target wildlife crime in this region? And can the increased use of remote sensing technologies to combat wildlife crime be regarded as an extension of the militarised approach to conservation? The last question is discussed in relation to existing research on this topic. Considering the findings from this paper, recommendations for further research are then made. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 51 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 315
Keyword [en]
sustainable development, poaching, illegal hunting, environmental crime, remote sensing, green surveillance
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-302657OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-302657DiVA: diva2:963077
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2016-08-22, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 11:00
Available from: 2016-09-12 Created: 2016-09-07 Last updated: 2016-09-12Bibliographically approved

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