CPW bushmeat sourcebook


The e-sourcebook on bushmeat provides an objective and comprehensive understanding of the global tropical bushmeat issue, by disentangling the topic into the following sections:

Each section synthesizes available global scientific knowledge, drawing attention to relevant and current references for further reading.


At the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, Parties took note of the recommendations of the Liaison Group on Bushmeat, including the definition of bushmeat (or wild meat) hunting as the harvesting of wild animals in tropical and sub-tropical forests for food and for non-food purposes, including medicinal use. The intended main focus is on non-domesticated terrestrial mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians harvested for food or other purposes. While invertebrates can be locally important dietary items, it is the larger vertebrates that constitute the majority of the terrestrial wild animal biomass consumed by humans. Thus insects, crustaceans, grubs, and molluscs are excluded from the bushmeat definition used in this sourcebook. Fish are also excluded.

Collaborative Partnership on Wildlife (CPW)

The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) was established on 10 March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand to serve as a voluntary association of international organizations with substantive mandates and programmes to promote the sustainable use and conservation of wildlife resources. Its mission is to increase cooperation and coordination among its members to promote the sustainable management of terrestrial vertebrate wildlife in all biomes and geographic areas, contributing to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and to human food safety and security, livelihoods and well-being. It provides a platform for addressing wildlife management issues that require national and supra-national responses.





last updated:  Friday, December 3, 2021