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Preservation of the addax antilope

Objectives:

The project built on the Foundation’s commitment to the preservation of the addax antelope and more generally to the cohabitation of peoples and the natural environment. It aimed to improve biodiversity conservation with special reference to the addax and to enhance cooperation and implication of the local population in the protection of their environment.

 

Results:
The unique Saharan biodiversity of the border region was retained by involving local communities in monitoring activities. As a result, no poaching of addax was identified throughout the duration of the project. The addax population seemed to maintain itself at 200 individuals and still continued to breed as young fawn and traces of young individuals were observed. The distribution factors of this nearly extinct species were documented, with the addax located in areas of good quality pastures. The local pastoral population directly contributed to and benefited from the preservation of their natural heritage.

 

The NGO:
The Sahara Conservation Fund was established in 2004. Its mission is to address the extinction crisis facing flora and fauna in the Sahara and Sahel. The addax conservation project in the Termit/Tin Toumma region of the Niger basin is directly related to finding a balance between social development and preservation of wildlife.


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Duration
January 2008 - December 2010

Location
Termit and Tin Toumma region

With whom
The Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF)

Website
http://www.saharaconservation.org/

News

18 February 2010
SCF (Niger) - Ecological monitoring of addax

The transects initiated in December 2008 and renewed in June and September 2009, were conducted in order to monitor the population of addax in Termit - Tin Toumma, using the established counting method.

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16 September 2008
SCF (Niger) - Game guards amongst local population

SCF is aware that the success of conservation initiatives relies on the integration of local people. The Sahelo-Saharan antelopes programme in Niger has, since its inception, adopted a systemic and integrated approach to enhance wildlife conservation in the Termit/Tin Toumma area. 

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