Article on SMART law enforcement in Russia published

1.02.2016

Recently, an article on SMART law enforcement in Russia has been published in Integrative Zoology. The article Indicators of success for smart law enforcement in protected areas: A case study for Russian Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) reserves is the result of the joint efforts of group of experts, including  Michiel H. H. HÖTTE, Igor A. KOLODIN, Sergei L. BEREZNUK, Jonathan C. SLAGHT, Linda L. KERLEY, Svetlana V. SOUTYRINA, Galina P. SALKINA, Olga Y. ZAUMYSLOVA, Emma J. STOKES and Dale G. MIQUELLE.

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In this paper, the authors present four case studies from protected areas with Amur tigers (Panthera tigris altaica) in Russia (Land of the Leopard National Park, Lazovskii State Zapovednik, Sikhote-Alin Biosphere Zapovednik and Zov Tigra National Park), in which patrol monitoring and management was implemented with the use of law enforcement monitoring (LEM) tools such as indicators of success in protected area law enforcement MIST (Management Information SysTem) and the more recently developed SMART (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) as a means to improve anti-poaching patrol performance and results. Over four years, clear increases in patrol effort and a partial reduction in threats were noted. And more importantly, tiger populations remained stable or increased. Read the article here.

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