Community engagement program

Published: 23 June 2022
Last edited: 23 June 2022

Working with local communities in the buffer zones of Pu Mat National Park is one of SVW’s main focuses, in order to raise awareness, reduce their impacts on forest resources, and inspire them to protect wildlife. We utilise diverse approaches to implement different programs, from holding community engagement workshops and training, placing large billboards around the buffer zones and using self-sustained education outreach tools to encourage local people to take informed actions to protect wildlife.

Classifications

Category
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Sustainable livelihoods
Scale of implementation
Local
Phase of solution
Implementation
Monitoring

Enabling factors

  • Numerous community workshops were conducted in wildlife strongholds and poaching hotspots around Pu Mat National Park, with the attendance of local villagers
  • SVW installed large-size billboards to raise awareness at the entrances to the forest and other areas
  • A bilingual radio broadcast about wildlife for the community living in the buffer zone of the park
  • A handy awareness-raising toolkit was developed for the Anti-poaching team and Park’s rangers to bring along and use to talk with people during their patrol or meetings with the community

Lessons learned

  • A large number of people in the remote areas of the buffer zones are illiterate, therefore all educational materials need to be simple with many images.
  • When developing activities, the participation of local communities should be taken into consideration to raise the effectiveness of the community engagement programs.
  • After a series of community engagement activities, SVW aims to develop appropriate alternative livelihoods for the local communities.

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