Showing posts from November, 2017

Our UK heroes tackling wildlife crime

Each year, wildlife crime enforcers from around the UK descend upon Leamington Spa to share insights and experiences on tackling wildlife crime in this country and abroad. This weekend I’ve been at the National Wildlife Crime Enforcers Conference to present awards on behalf of WWF to the law enforcers who have gone above and beyond to tackle wildlife crime in the UK. And the winners are….
Law Enforcer of the Year Police Sergeant Kevin Kelly of the North Yorkshire Police has won the Wildlife Law Enforcer of the Year Award for his outstanding achievements in enforcement of wildlife law this year. Sgt Kevin Kelly has been instrumental in transforming the way that wildlife crime is dealt with in the north, setting up a new unit of 17 officers dedicated to the issue. Most recently, his strong relationships with the RSPB have allowed raptor persecution to be stopped within minutes of offences being committed. Sgt Kelly has also been instrumental in tackling illegal fox hunting.

Sergeant Kev…

Winners of the WWF human-wildlife conflict tech challenge!

Back in July, we set up a competition where you could win 30,000 Euros to develop technology to reduce human-wildlife conflict

I'm excited to announce the winners for the first International Human-Wildlife Conflict Technology Challenge! WWF and WildLabs asked applicants to propose technological solutions to develop early-warning systems, letting communities know if carnivores or elephants were approaching. And the winners are….. *drumroll*

British researcher Alasdair Davies and the Dutch team of Laurens de Groot and Tim van Dam will each receive €30,000 to further develop and field test their solutions for reducing human-wildlife conflicts.

These two applications were chosen from 47 innovative ideas originating from 14 countries.

The Carnivore Category Winner Alasdair Davies, of The Arribada Initiative, will work on producing technology to develop early-warning systems for tigers and polar bears. Fortunately for us here at WWF-UK, Alasdair is based just down the road in Surrey.