Our Global Park Defense programs work to achieve ‘No Kill, No Cut’ protection for endangered national parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites in developing countries.
Our Process and Methodology
Global Conservation directly assists highly endangered national parks and world heritage sites to save their last remaining intact wildlife habitats and primary forests.
This highly focused field-based mission of park protection is unique among nature and wildlife conservation groups:
1) 100% of our funding and efforts go towards protecting national parks and world heritage in developing countries.
2) We are advancing new low-cost proven technologies to ‘force multiply’ effectiveness of under-resourced park ranger teams.
3) We directly involve our donors, our Founding Council and our Senior Advisors in our work. All funding goes directly to Global Conservation Projects in the countries where we work.
We use highly selective criteria before engaging in Global Conservation Projects:
- Endangered national park or UNESCO World Heritage site
- Major mega fauna habitat with intact, primary forests and ecosystems
- Highly-motivated and staffed Park Authority and proven local NGO(s)
- Park Authority commits to ‘No Kill, No Cut’ Global Park Defense program and funds park border demarcation and communications towers
- High potential for sustainable tourism to support permanent protection
Primary Components - Global Park Defense
We work directly with national parks and UNESCO World Heritage sites in developing countries to achieve ‘No Kill, No Cut’ over a five-year program integrating five primary components:
- Park-wide Communications
- Advanced Surveillance
- SMART Patrols
- Park Border Demarcation
- Community Involvement
Our goal in the next 10 years is to deploy Global Parks Defense in 25 endangered national parks and world heritage sites in the Americas, Asia and Africa and to deliver a Standard Operating Platform and Technology that can be used by all endangered parks and wildlife preserves around the world.
Global Conservation Methodology
Our step-by-step methodology takes each national park and UNESCO World Heritage site through four stages:
1) Planning - threat assessment, security and surveillence design, ranger deployments
2) Partnerships - wildlife and forestry, government, telecommunications and co-funding
3) Protection - community involvement, law enforcement and military support
4) Sustainabiity- governmental budgeting, tourism revenues and park financing
Most national parks in developing countries lack basic radio and cellular communications to be effetive in paark protection against illegal poaching, logging, mining and land clearance. Global Conservation help to implement low-cost park-wide communications networks including:
- Digital radio communications
- Backbone internet communications
- Solar plants for communications towers
Global Conservation assists Park Rangers to establish advanced surveillence on all key trails and roads to improve response times for interdiction of illegals within the national park.
- Anti-Poaching Cameras on high threat trails and roads
- Weekly Satellite Imagery Analysis
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Drones
- UGS Ground Sensor Arrays use seismic footprints and truck movement
- False alarms are minimized with intelligent software
- Sensors are connected by satellite, cellular and radio to Command and Control
Invisible Trailguard cameras enable capture and transmission of photos of illegals in the park (RESOLVE BWS)
SMART Ranger Patrols
- Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART)
- Combines software and training to enable transparent monitoring of the effectiveness of anti-poaching efforts
- Used by protected area authorities and community groups
Park Border Demarcation
One of the critical 'Buy In' requirements for Global Conservation to work in a national park is for the Park Director to secure extra budget for park demarcation, in addition to communications towers.
- Park Director must secure budget and install 30% of park boundary
- Global Park Defense signage added showing surveillance and patrols in the area
- Every 500 meters and on all trails and roads
- Reward system for reporting illegal activities
Global Conservation works with local communities to involve in all aspects of Global Park Defense from employment as Rangers and Eco-Guards to Anonymous Informant Reward systems.
- Outreach & Education on Tourism and Recreation Values
- Visitor Services, Lodging and Ecotourism
- Schools, Cooperatives, and Associations
- Park Improvement Projects
To enable 'No Kill, No Cut' protection for endangered national parks and world heritage sites with Global Park Defense