What is it about?

A trade Hub team made up of researchers from central African countries identified mechanisms to implement long-lasting and effective interventions for sustainable bushmeat management. In this 7-page perspective paper, the researchers call for innovative programs and nature-based solutions to solve the bushmeat crisis. They present 6 major approaches to showcase an African perspective regarding the bushmeat crisis and demonstrate the high importance of bushmeat as one which goes beyond a source of livelihood, having a multifaceted use that must be considered when designing interventions.

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Why is it important?

The paper recognises the silence of African voices in discussions about bushmeat and shows that despite various conservation efforts over past decades, much is still to be done because efforts have mostly focused on enforcing restrictive rules and providing alternative protein sources not viewed by local people as genuine alternatives or livelihoods that do not offer superior benefits to hunting.


To change the current paradigmatic approaches, conservationists need to work with local actors to develop innovative programs that invest in nature-based solutions and payment of environmental services, addressing the bigger picture, not just bushmeat. African voices need to lead on all of this so that it stays grounded in reality.

Eric Djomo Nana
University of Oxford

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This page is a summary of: Putting conservation efforts in Central Africa on the right track for interventions that last, Conservation Letters, July 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/conl.12913.
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