As an “alliance group” GKEPF is not a homogenous structure, rather a diverse group of stakeholders united by a shared common interest in the protection, preservation and welfare of vulnerable and threatened species of the “Greater Kruger Environmental Protected Zone” including the portion of the Kruger National Park known as the Joint Protection Zone (JPZ) and the adjacent Greater Lebombo Conservancy in Mozambique. See the Area Map.
For a poaching event to occur, three things are necessary: 1) demand from a buyer for a specific wildlife product, 2) a poaching capability and 3) the absence of effective guardianship.
At its current street value, the demand for rhino horn will continue. Partnerships to educate on the futility of the global demand, and to reduce the local incentive to supply these chains through alternatives livelihoods are the most effective anti-poaching tools in the long-run.
However, the reality is that poachers are not opportunistic hunters, they are criminals in a large and sophisticated network. The poachers we encounter today are invariably highly-skilled, well-armed and ruthless.
GKEPF provides a platform for co-operation and collaboration between interested and effected partners in the demand and supply chain, bringing together the efforts of stakeholders that include The World Wildlife Fund, The Peace Parks Foundation, The Kruger National Park, Manyeleti Nature Reserve and neighbouring Private Nature Reserves on a number of strategic interventions.
Examples of these interventions include technology, education and legal partnerships projects.