In the face of a global pandemic, how can conservation efforts reduce the chance that poaching will spread disease?

As the Covid-19 pandemic decimates tourism, poaching is on the rise in Africa. The search is on for alternative ways to meet communities’ basic needs.

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Photo courtesy of Wikiseal from Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
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“The solution to addressing poaching lies in communities — involving them as game guards, making sure they benefit from wildlife, that the costs of living with wildlife are minimized, and ensuring they have alternative ways of making a living other than poaching,” says Dilys Roe, a principal researcher for the International Institute for Environment and Development. Photo of a park ranger courtesy of ILRI/Mann from Flickr, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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When Covid began spreading around the world, many swiftly called for global bans to wet markets as well as wildlife trade. But others say that response is reactionary, short-sighted and extremely inequitable to local and indigenous people. Photo courtesy of ILRI/Mann from Flickr, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
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