WHO IS I.S.A.P ?
INTELLIGENCE SUPPORT AGAINST POACHING
ISAP is a Section 21 Namibia Non Profit NGO that aims to combat poaching through creating awareness and gathering information (Intelligence), from various platforms, in support of the Namibian authorities. Once gained, information is collated and processed into intelligence, it is passed on to the likes of the Ministry of Environment & Tourism (MET), Namibian Police Protected Resource Division or any other authority or organization, which has anti-poaching as part of its objectives.
ISAP relies heavily on rural communities in order to achieve this, and therefore ploughs back into the communities by means of development projects.
ISAP is a partner in a “umbrella organization - CRITICAL MASS
CRITICAL MASS comprises - ISAP / Nyami Anti Poaching Unit & TSU Namibia, which collectively aim to provide Namibian stakeholders with comprehensive “One stop” anti poaching solutions.
As part of CRITICAL MASS the following key anti poaching services or solutions are provided for:
- 1.Training of international volunteers
- 2.Training of local anti poaching units / close in protection services etc
- 3.Deployment of anti poaching units (ground support / Quick reaction / Air support)
- 4.Overt & covert intelligence gathering / informant networks
- 5.Air wing – Reaction / monitoring /tracking & suppression
ISAP is also the focal point for international volunteer training, as alluded to further along in this prospectus.
ISAP’s goals are, inter alia:
a) To be a leading Namibian anti-poaching NGO, tasked with the gathering of intelligence pertaining to all crimes, which may be directed against the environment.
b) Being a partner to Namibian government authorities in terms of providing credible information (intelligence) to them, this is in support of their own anti-poaching activities.
c) Working in collaboration with the other consortium members included in the Namibian “Anti-poaching task team” and APSTAIN. ISAP as part of its anti-poaching goals and objectives prioritizes and engages in sourcing, testing and the implementation of new technologies in the fields of anti-poaching as well as the provision of “stop gap” logistics to the Namibia Authorities and which includes the support of MET in wildlife projects.
ISAP is a member of the Namibian anti-poaching task team, under the direction of WWF / MET, and incorporates the Namibian Police PRD, Save Rhino Trust (SRT), Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), Namibia Nature Foundation (NNF).
ISAP’s role is not limited to the gathering of intelligence, but also to support other platforms that contribute to the prevention of environmental crimes and offences. In addition, ISAP also
undertakes special projects, which assist with the development, protection and sustainable use of fauna and flora.
ISAP undertakes community development projects, which are aimed at the advancement of rural communities, to the eventual status of self-reliance and sustainability. The reciprocal spin off is increased trust and credibility of ISAP amongst rural community members, which supports the Honorary Ranger projects and informant networks.
More specific to ISAP’s core objectives, the following key focus areas form the basis of ISAP operations & objectives:
Information on poaching activities is gathered through:
Social Media / Website
555 55 SMS Poaching (Rhino) hotline
Overt – National network of Honorary Rangers / Volunteer Program / Tour operators / Farmers Unions etc.
Clandestine – National network of informants
“Stop Gap” logistics:
ISAP utilizes its resources and skills set within the organization to assist the authorities and anti-poaching organizations in different ways. This would include:
* ISAP vehicles used to support operations and projects.
* ISAP air-wing: currently ISAP owns a Piper Super Cub which can be used by anti-poaching / conservation organizations in their operations. This would include air support during anti-poaching operations, tracking & observation for conservation efforts, to name but a few.
* Monitoring and detection equipment: ISAP has a range of equipment used in different surveillance and monitoring roles, typically this would include movement sensor cameras, night vision capability and drone support.
At the core of ISAP and its overall objective of finding proactive solutions to poaching on a nation-wide scale, including that of all fauna & flora, is the key goal of establishing an intelligence-gathering network throughout Namibia.
There is a dire need for a national information-gathering platform, which is coordinated, centralized and driven by a specialized team. Currently there are organizations in Namibia who have / are embarking on their own intelligence gathering initiatives, which are typically very localized and based on selective species.
ISAP is currently underway with establishing an information network that provides intelligence to selected local Authorities and NGO’s, on a national basis, and coordinated from a central control point. To this end, ISAP is well placed with an “operational center”, within the Ministry of Environment & Tourism (MET) headquarters, running sophisticated
intelligence software (Cmore), developed by the C.S.I.R (Council for Scientific & industrial Research) in South Africa for SANPARKS. This software was essentially developed in support of Kruger National Park anti-poaching command center (MOJAC). ISAP works closely with the Kruger National Parks anti-poaching team i.t.o sharing information and benchmarking anti-poaching activities.
Key to the success of setting up the information network is the recruitment of intelligence specialists. To this end, ISAP has sourced and recruited a specialist, who is suitably qualified, experienced and committed to perform this function. This candidate was a senior Military staff officer with many years’ experience on all levels of strategic intelligence network planning, training and implementation. As a result of in depth research, as well as drawing on the experience of experts in the field, it is evident that this type of initiative can only be successful if driven by a highly experienced and motivated team on a full time (24/7 /365) basis.
On an overt level, ISAP is busy rolling out our network of Honorary Rangers, which will essentially be ISAP’s eyes, ears and hands in strategic areas throughout Namibia. This initiative has the backing of MET and will eventually form part of the MET Ranger program, which will give ISAP an arrest capability in the field.
ISAP Volunteer Program
ISAP Volunteer training program offers people form the international community to take part in Namibian Wilderness experience. Volunteers are sourced through our international connections to come to Namibia to undertake a three-week training program at a ISAP wilderness training camp. After training the volunteers are deployed onto commercial farms, nature reserves etc, to facilitate passive monitoring and observation duties. Benefits to the ground owner / stakeholder are eyes and ears on the ground, a detailed report on related activities, hot spots and observations.
As previously mentioned, Cmore intelligence software was developed for use by South African National Parks (SanParks), essentially to assist the Kruger National Park with their anti-Rhino poaching operations. Cmore is on one side a database platform and on the other side a command and control platform for rangers in the field. Cmore gives ISAP the ability to draw reports based on current and historic information to proactively plan and execute anti-poaching initiatives. As a command and control platform, Cmore provides the ability to track, monitor and communicate with different assets in the field, be it rangers, vehicle and air assets, in real time.
ISAP has been nominated as the focal point for Cmore in Namibia, which will be rolled out in the National parks, conservancy areas, private reserves and any other specific area in which a there is a need for proactive anti-poaching efforts. Currently the Waterberg Plateau National Park is making use of Cmore as an initial role out phase within Namibia Parks.
Technology source / testing:
ISAP is well positioned to be a platform on which anti-poaching technologies are investigated, sourced and tested. To this end ISAP has already established some key strategic alliances with international technology based organizations. With the ISAP operational center being based within the MET headquarters (which was provided to ISAP based on the merit and recognition given by MET to ISAP and the role we play in support of the authorities) ISAP is ideally situated to coordinate these activities in conjunction and collaboration with the Ministry.
Through the ISAP directors and members, there are the varied skill sets needed to source and test different anti-poaching solutions. Amongst the ISAP directors we have qualified lawyers, engineers, pilots, company CEO’s and field operations specialists.
This key focus area is however largely reliant on significant and sustainable funding, which largely is only available through the international community.
Namibia has the world’s largest population of Black Rhinos and the second largest population of White Rhinos. Namibia is also home to strategic populations of Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and many other endangered fauna and flora, which if not conserved and protected NOW, will lead to many of the strategic species becoming critically endangered with real consequences of becoming extinct in the very near future!
Barring the fact that various wildlife species are endangered / critically endangered, ISAP recognizes the fact that the illegal poaching trade is driving massive profits to international
syndicates who in turn provide a funding channel for international terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Boko Haram etc.
It is therefore of paramount importance that ISAP provides as much support to Namibia’s anti-poaching authorities, organizations and initiatives, as useable information is the corner stone of any anti-poaching activities, without which the war against poaching cannot make any headway.
It should be understood that without the custodianship of rural communities, the saving of wildlife against poaching will be in vain, and it is therefore critical to consider our wildlife and our people as inseparably linked.
In conclusion, without the support and funding from the local and international communities, ISAP cannot perform this critical service in support of the anti-poaching battle!
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