A regional approach to address the bushmeat problem in Eastern Africa

BEAN founding members

The Bushmeat-free Eastern Africa Network is currently supported by a core team of wildlife professionals in government, education, and non-profit sectors who are committed to addressing challenges in their own countries and across the region. The organizations they work for support their efforts through donating time, contributing to conservation efforts on bushmeat, and facilitating projects and programs that receive support from the USFWS and/or BEAN.

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Andimile Martin
PhD Candidate
Ecology (Environmental Policy & Human Ecology) University of California- Davis
Email: andmartin@ucdavis.edu

Mr. Andimile is currently working on a PhD at UC Davis. Martin has been a Capacity Building Responsible Officer leading a team of six land use planners in the preparation of 24 village land use plans for villages in the Wami – Mbiki area. Through the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) MENTOR Fellowship Program, Martin worked as part of a multidisciplinary team of emerging Eastern African conservationists to develop and begin implementing a bushmeat strategy for the region. He has worked as a Field Research Team Leader with the Savannas Forever where he supervised and led a team of 8 field officers conducting household socio-economic interviews, key informant interviews, and facilitated Participatory Rural Appraisal-style focus group, and explained research findings to the district officials and villagers. Martin co-founded “Nature and Development Care (NADECA)”, a local non-governmental organization that deals with conservation and people’s livelihoods in Tanzania.

Lowaeli Damalu
Principal, Pasiansi Wildlife Training Institute, Tanzania
Email: lowaeli@yahoo.co.uk

In Tanzania, the BEAN founding member Lowaeli Damalu within the Wildlife Division has been undertaking various activities including raising public awareness on the impact of bushmeat hunting and trade capacity building for game wardens and village game scouts to effectively undertake anti-poaching patrols in and outside wildlife protected areas. She has also been engaging different stakeholders in addressing bushmeat problem. She has been attending various national and international meetings and workshops and presenting papers on bushmeat issues in Tanzania. In collaboration with Wildlife Conservation Foundation of Tanzania (WCFT) she spearheaded the development of a bushmeat policy which was distributed to more than 500 hotels countrywide. Currently, she is in the preliminary stages of planning a research project to assess the level of impact of bushmeat hunting and trade on elephant population in some selected areas in and around Selous Game Reserve. The Project is funded by US. Fish and Wildlife Service and Tanzania Wildlife Division

Nancy Gelman
Program Officer, Wildlife Without Borders , USFWS
Email: nancy_gelman@fws.gov

Nancy Gelman is a Program Officer with the Wildlife without Borders (WWB) - Africa program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Division of International Conservation. She focuses on conservation capacity building initiatives including the USFWS MENTOR Signature Initiative, African university/college strengthening program, and African Small Grants program. Nancy was formerly the Program Manager for the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG), a position that she held for ten years. ABCG is a coalition of the seven major U.S.-based international conservation non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with field programs in Africa that focuses on exploring emerging and high priority conservation issues. Through ABCG, Nancy was the coordinator of the USFWS MENTOR Fellowship Program on bushmeat exploitation in Eastern Africa.

Dr. Heather Eves
Visiting Assistant Professor , Virginia Tech Natural Resources Program Professorial Lecturer
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Email: heather.eves@aya.yale.edu

Dr. Eves has worked extensively in Africa and the US on the bushmeat issue since 1995. She has developed programs evaluating ecology and socioeconomics of the bushmeat trade and is active in policy development engaging with international fora including CITES, CBD and IUCN. A seasoned professional in conservation project design and planning, Dr. Eves is the Chief Technical Advisor to BEAN.


Dr. Evans M. Mwangi
Professor School of Biological Sciences
University of Nairobi
, Kenya
Email: emmwangi@uonbi.ac.ke

Dr Mwangi is an ecologist and conservation professional with experience in evaluation, assessment and training for biodiversity, NRM and environment projects both in Kenya and across eastern Africa. He teaches at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nairobi , Kenya. He is also currently involved in collaborative research with ILRI and other partners in Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Thaddeus Binamungu
Email: tbinamungu@awfafrica.org

Mr. Binamungu is a senior project officer with the African Wildlife Foundation





Dr. Michelle Wieland
Consultant people-conservation issues
Email: michelle.l.wieland@gmail.com

Dr. Wieland has worked on bushmeat issues across Africa by studying the cultural, social and economic importance of wildlife in rural communities. This included her work on protein consumption patterns in Congo, examining human-wildlife patterns in South Sudan, and contributing to the USFWS MENTOR program in Southern Sudan. Currently she is providing technical assistance to BEAN and is working on community components of REDD.


Vincent Opyene
Lawyer, Uganda Wildlife Authority
E-Mail: vincent.opyene@gmail.com

Mr. Opyene’s expertise at the Uganda Wildlife Authority focuses on law enforcement capacity building across the region. As BEAN’s 2011 coordinator, he led several initiatives across the region to develop stronger law enforcement agencies and judicial systems to fight wildlife crime.




Okello Genesis
Community Conservation Assistant Warden
Uganda Wildlife Authority
Email: okellogenesis@yahoo.com

Mr. Okello has been addressing bushmeat consumption around Murchison National Park in Uganda by working with communities and government stakeholders. He is now in charge of community conservation at Kidepo National Park in northern Uganda.


Freddy Manongi
College of African Wildlife Management Mweka, Tanzania
Email: fsmanongi@yahoo.com

Mr. Manongi is the Rector of the College of African Wildlife Management, based in Mweka, Tanzania.

Iregi Mwenja
Country Director
Born Free Foundation
Email: iregim@yahoo.com

Mr. Mwenja is the country director of the Born-Free Foundation in Kenya. He has been very interested in working on the bushmeat issue through media, particularly the internet. He started a blog, 'Bushmeat in Kenya' http://bushmeateastafrica.wildlifedirect.org/ where he has been posting regularly raising awareness on health issues as well as the ecological and economic consequences of this illegal trade, and started BEAN’s first website in 2009.

James Evanson Kariuki
Country representative
Email: jmkevanson@yahoo.com

Mr. Kariuki is the country representative of Wildlize, an organization that provides small grants for conservation initiatives in Kenya. Alongside affiliate Iregi Mwenja, they designed and hosted the first bushmeat symposium in Kenya, which brought stakeholders together to discuss the state of bushmeat and ways to move forward


Isaac Seme
Acting Principal,
Boma Wildlife Training Center
Email: iseme65@yahoo.com

Mr. Seme is the current acting Principal of Boma Wildlife Training Centre; South Sudan’s only institution offering post secondary certificate in Wildlife Management. The Centre trains rangers in law enforcement and basic wildlife conservation, and it offers short courses in agribusiness skills mainly to natural resource-based entrepreneurs. Isaac has worked with the New Sudan Wildlife Authority (NSWA) during the war of independence until the signing of the peace agreement (2005). There he was a researcher with the New Sudan Wildlife Conservation Organization and Wildlife Working Group (NSWCO/WWG), conducting surveys in various parks—Boma National Park (2002), Southern National Park (2002&2003), and Nimule National Park (2004). Currently in the Ministry of Wildlife Conservation and Tourism, he is implementing a bushmeat protein alternative project in the Bor corridor of Badingilo National Park, funded by USFWS, and at the same time a playing a number of roles in the Department of Planning and Training in the Ministry Headquarters in Juba.