A regional approach to address the bushmeat problem in Eastern Africa

Where we work

BEAN currently has activities in four countries across the region (see map).These countries were chosen based upon the residence of our founding members whom were selected for a regional bushmeat initiative that began in 2008. The countries, although each unique, share similar challenges, based on ecosystems, culture, and governance systems. For this reason, the network is able to discuss common approaches and challenges, and share information on law enforcement, outreach, capacity building, and livelihood alternatives to poaching with each other.

For more information about specific activities, click on the country icons or scroll down.



        South Sudan


In Uganda studies have shown declines in wildlife populations including hippopotamus, buffalo and elephant in protected areas due to hunting. Reviews of wildlife professionals in Uganda and Tanzania have found that there is need for improvement in understanding of wildlife laws and governance systems. Laws do not adequately take into account the economic and other values of wildlife and require revision.


In Kenya bushmeat hunting snare hunting is widespread with thousands of snares being recovered each year from protected areas and game ranches. Wildlife policy is under review and going by the current debate, there is no sign that bushmeat management will be given the attention it deserves.


In South Sudan bushmeat hunting with rifles is widespread in and around protected areas where many citizens rely on bush meat as a source of protein and income. Lack of capacity to manage over-hunting has resulted in decline of many wildlife species including elephant, buffalo, zebra and giraffe.


In Tanzania trophy and subsistence hunting is legally allowed in wildlife areas outside the National Parks and Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This type of consumptive wildlife utilization is controlled through quota and permit system, however, with limited capacity to manage illegal hunting.

Click here for a link to reports and more information from BEAN and the bushmeat community


BEAN Protect Area Network Map