Wildlife in Trade Programme

Hayi Laa! Project

We work to reduce the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products through various initiatives including capacity building among law enforcement agencies and the judiciary, working with communities impacted by wildlife crime, cooperation and strategy development with other conservation NGOs, commenting on proposed legislation, and support for various rhino conservation initiatives.

Working with communities impacted by wildlife crime

We believe in supporting all the communities in which we work, including those impacted by wildlife crime. Read more about our ground-breaking community project, Hayi Laa!, combatting wildlife and social crimes in Hluvukani, a village adjacent to the Manyeleti Game Reserve.

Hayi Laa! is the Shangaan for “Not here!” and this project, a partnership with the Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme (TVEP), aims to eradicate both social and wildlife crimes in Hluvukani, a village next to the Manyeleti Game Reserve section of the Kruger National Park

The majority of the EWT’s conservation work is located in rural areas where communities face appalling rights abuses and suffer high rates of social crime.  Rural crime, including wildlife crime, affects entire communities and engaging communities is an important, and often overlooked, element in the fight against wildlife poaching.  The EWT has extensive experience undertaking community-based projects to address wildlife crime. We believe that by partnering with TVEP, which has extensive experience addressing social crimes such as sexual and gender based violence, and incorporating our work, will be able to deliver greater community and conservation outcomes than working alone.

The project is possible because of the financial support of the UK Prosperity Fund, which is administered by the British High Commission.

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