Data Analysis Helps Protect African Wildlife
March 31, 2014 | Publication | Conservation & Sustainable Development
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Conservationists have developed a more efficient way to protect the heart of Africa's wildlife — the Greater Virunga Landscape spanning Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The MacArthur-supported analysis shows that by channeling data on wildlife sightings and park guard patrol routes into spatial planning software, patrols can become more cost-effective and maximize their deterrent effect. With only 22 percent of the Greater Virunga Landscape patrolled at present, the new approach will make better use of limited resources.