MAJ GEN JOHAN JOOSTE

ORGANISATION: HEAD OF SPECIAL PROJECTS, SANParks

TEAM NICKNAME: FOX

IN THREE WORDS: COMMITTED, ABLE AND WILLING PERSISTENT

CONSERVATION HERO: THE LATE DR IAN PLAYER

Current conservation project/s:

  • The Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) in the Kruger National Park
  • Operation LEBOMBO – cooperation with law enforcement agencies in Mozambique
  • Surveillance, early warning and detection technologies for anti-poaching
  • The establishment of an Environmental Asset Management (EAM) section at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Anti-poaching tactics analysis
  • Anti-poaching doctrine formulation
  • Anti-poaching education, training and development syllabus
  • Extensive Ranger wellness programmes
  • Black rhino protection plan
  • Fundraising

Greatest conservation achievement:
The formulation, communication and implementation of an environmental asset management strategy and plan for the Kruger National Park and SANParks.

How can we play to win the conservation game?
Be prepared for a marathon with no easy wins – there are no medals hanging on the trees. On the tactical level, be persistent and unpredictable. On the strategic level, think big, start small and act now. A satellite view will not work: too remote. Neither will a squirrel view suffice: too short sighted. Take a chopper view and adapt speed and height according to the circumstances to ensure leadership that counts. Take few things seriously and nothing personal; law enforcement in conservation is a rather thankless task with many “experts” who knows better.

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