A regional approach to address the bushmeat problem in Eastern Africa

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Individual Professionals

If you are a conservation professional and would like to contribute to the network and learn about the latest initiatives on bushmeat, contact us. We’d be happy to learn about your expertise, what you’re looking for in connecting with us, or how you can contribute to the network.

Conservation Groups

We are looking to expand our network to include more government departments, local conservation NGOs, and educational institutions that are interested in sharing lessons learned and participating in regional or local initiatives that address bushmeat. We’ve hosted Kenya’s first bushmeat symposium, and in 2012 plan to host at least two more in Kampala and Nairobi. We’ll be sending a representative to a bushmeat conference in South Africa, and look forward to working with future initiatives.

If you would like more information about joining the network, click here . There are many opportunities for sharing data, keeping up to date with the latest information, building upon collective knowledge, strengthening the network, and working with educational institutions to grow future generations of conservation leaders.

Donors

Bushmeat is a multi-disciplinary topic that needs to be addressed at local and regional levels through an interdisciplinary forum. Bushmeat trade and consumption is the symptom of deeper problems of food insecurity and lack of sufficiently attractive livelihood options, which are impacted by larger forces such as climate change, weak education and health sectors, lack of facilitating road networks for economic development, etc. See our conceptual model below to see how nt and health partners to address bushmeat in their workplans would benefit national wildlife conservation and development goals

As donors, providing funds for the facilitation of initiatives such as BEAN, persuading donor recipients to broaden their network, and constructing platforms for interdisciplinary approaches at the donor level would serve to integrate human health, food security, wildlife and natural resources, and development.

Please contact us to learn more about engaging with stakeholders on this challenge in East Africa.

Development Groups

Illegal bushmeat hunting in Africa is conducted for two primary purposes: food and livelihoods. As the numbers of rural households increases over time with population growths up to 3.6% in East Africa, pressures for limited land and food increase. These pressures are compounded by climate change, which is predicted to reduce food and livelihood security over the coming century. One of the impacts will be increased reliance on natural resources, including wildlife, to satisfy demand.

Although law enforcement is essential to protecting wildlife from illegal poaching, it is well acknowledged in the conservation community that the pressures which drive bushmeat hunting must be addressed by countries. Attention to the bushmeat crisis has over the past decade including a recent analysis on alternatives, has been focused on Central and West Africa. One of BEAN’s four pillars is to address the food and livelihood drivers of bushmeat hunting through the development of alternatives in Eastern Africa, starting around key protected areas that are surrounded by overall impoverished communities where steady jobs and affordable proteins can be difficult to obtain.

To do this, BEAN encourages the participation of development groups in multi-disciplinary projects aimed at impacting the drivers of bushmeat. We also advocate that development programs incorporate conservation discussions and messaging into projects. Where communities bring up issues that need to be addressed by conservation actors, BEAN can help link you with conservation groups in your area.

Please contact us here if you or your organization is interested in connecting to the network. We’ll provide you more details on different types of partnerships and discuss what would be most appropriate for you or your organization type.