Belinda Wright

Ashoka Fellow
India
Fellow Since 2009

Citation

This profile was prepared when Belinda Wright was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2009.
Introduction
Belinda Wright has pioneered innovative and trans-formative conservation strategies using state-of-the-art technology, meticulous documentation, collaborative partnerships, education, and visual arts media. Belinda approaches the criminal trade in wildlife by addressing not just the poaching industry but strategically concentrating on reducing the demand for animal parts rather than an exclusive focus on preventing the supply. Her organization, the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) has enabled software-aided decision support systems and innovative technological applications to create a sophisticated database which can track levels of poaching, trade, and other wildlife crimes. WPSI collaborates with law enforcement agencies throughout India, as well as the Environment Investigation Agency in China and Tibet.
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