As noted above, the PSAPI has already taken its first steps, including a series of three PSAPI stakeholder committee meetings held on the 19th August 2014, October 2014 and 16th of April 2015. As seen in the organogram below. The Stakeholder committee is expected to adjust and change as different types of expertise are required to discuss different potential services. To ensure that the stakeholder’s input is always focused on the actual needs and priorities PSAPI members agreed on defining an Executive Committee from the representatives of the key parties. The stakeholders selected Wildlife Division, TPSF and AWF to have places on the Executive Committee and informed them that PSAPI requests they each select a representative. It is envisaged that the actual membership of the executive committee will become clear after the upcoming PSAPI meeting planned for early December 2015.
The project will be managed within TPSF along the lines discussed below. As envisaged, TPSF will be contracting the private sector services to fulfill technical obligations which are relative to protected areas. These contractual relationships therefore will be between three, not two parties.
The PSAPI envisions and is working towards a situation where multiple private sector actors are successfully providing services which are efficiently integrated into the wider anti-poaching infrastructure. Input garnered from the PSAPI members has generated an initial list of potential components, activities and interventions, which will inevitably grow and change as PSAPI develops. The vast combined network of contacts of the PSAPI members in combination with the opportunistic nature of private sector is expected to furnish companies that aspire to become commercial service providers, others which will incorporate anti-poaching and/or anti-trafficking activities into their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. In addition PSAPi intends to leverage the myriad associations it represents to be part of a concerted effort to keep the issue of poaching in the media. It is envisaged that PSAPI will work with three main categories of components, the first being those which directly combat poaching and trafficking by contributing to law enforcement, the second category of community economic development whilst not directly combating wildlife crime will provide the communities surrounding protected areas with sustainable incomes streams that are an alternative to poaching and trafficking. The third type of intervention may be characterized as is awareness raising and education an important part of which will be finding ways to keep the poaching crisis and the response to it in the focus of the media.