Solving the Bushmeat Challenge in Cameroon.
One of the major challenges of helping to build ‘sustainable practices and livelihoods’ for people living in and around the Dja Biosphere Reserve in Cameroon includes focusing on food security and the health risks associated with the ‘illegal commercial bushmeat trade’.
Together with local and international partners, including the International Institute for Environment & Development (IIED) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, Oxford University, members of our Conservation Foundation team have worked with rural communities in this high-value ecosystem for many years.
The Reserve is a showcase area for some of the world’s most important charismatic and threatened species such as forest elephant, western lowland gorillas and central African chimpanzees, as well as several other high-profile animals such as giant pangolins and dwarf crocodiles.
Our aim is to ensure that the needs and livelihoods of those communities are supported in ways that help to sustain the landscape and conserve these important species for future generations.
Our projects therefore support communities to change from eating risky, or unsustainable sources of wild-caught meat. We work through a process of supporting changes that the local people themselves propose, develop and implement.
Click here to access a statement by one of our project partners on managing the wildlife trade in the context of Covid-19.