Abstract # 1178 Event # 397:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 29, 2006 10:00 AM-01:00 PM: Session 47 (Bwindi) Symposium


Symposium: Conflict and conservation: Can non-human primates and farmers live together?

C. M. Hill1 and C. Ross2
1Oxford Brookes University, Anthropology Centre for Conservation, Environment and Development, School of Social Sciences & Law, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2Roehampton University
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     Subsistence farmers in Africa face many challenges when trying to make a living. One of these challenges comes from the wildlife living in and around agricultural areas. Damage to crops is caused by a range of taxonomic groups, and in many areas primates are one of the most problematic vertebrate groups. In this symposium, we will explore the impact of primates on crops and how this affects farmers’ attitudes to wildlife and conservation. We will ask how primatologists can work to mitigate damage and reduce the potential conflict this causes. To do this we will gather together researchers and consultants working on different taxa and issues in African countries. Topics to be covered include: human-animal conflict and mitigation, mammalian maize pests, crop destruction, farmers’ response to patterns of crop raiding by primates, people's perceptions of primates, the role of GIS is human-wildlife conflict analyses and changing landscapes, land use and human population densities as contributors to people-primate conflict in Uganda.