Wildlife and protected area management
Sustainable management of the wildlife and bushmeat sector in Central Africa
Global Environment Facility
Congo Basin Strategic Programme
Wildlife has always been important to the people of the Congo Basin as a basic part of their nutrition and economy. Hunting has been sustainable, even though productivity of animal protein in the Congo Basin forests is limited. Today, the levels of bushmeat extraction in the region are hugely increased, driven by enormous demands from big urban centres, and, as a consequence, current levels of hunting are unsustainable. This affects many protected and endangered species such as gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos, and is the main threat to biodiversity in Central Africa. In response to this critical situation, a FAO-led project aims to introduce community-based wildlife management in 16 pilot sites of Gabon, the Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.
The project is based on the following three components:
- Development of legal frameworks for participatory wildlife management in the four countries.
- Development and implementation of simple and effective tools for participatory wildlife management.
- Capacity development for ensuring long-term sustainability of participatory wildlife management.