Abstract # 1816 Event # 464:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 29, 2006 04:30 PM-06:00 PM: Session 56 (Princess) Roundtable

ROUNDTABLE: The Bushmeat Crisis: African Nations Take Action

J. Wallis1,2, H. Eves2, N. Bailey2 and J. Dupain3
1ABTI-American University of Nigeria, Lamido Zubairu Way, PMB 2250, Yola, Nigeria, 2Bushmeat Crisis Taskforce, 3CARPE/CBFP, African Wildlife Foundation
     The bushmeat crisis – the unsustainable hunting of wildlife – is recognized as a leading threat to wild primate populations. The Bushmeat Crisis Task Force (BCTF) was established in 1999 to address this problem, with special focus on Africa. In this roundtable discussion, we will provide an opportunity for members of the African conservation community to discuss the issue and exchange information. Participants from several African countries will be invited to share their successes (and failures) in addressing the bushmeat crisis. One of BCTF’s primary activities has been the development of curricula for the three African-based Wildlife Management Colleges – in Tanzania, Cameroon, and South Africa. In this roundtable discussion, we will incorporate and share some of this material with participants and, thus, reinforce networking among (and training for) key decision makers. There is no one solution for turning around the trend in bushmeat hunting. Some regions require improved law enforcement, while other areas require alternative food sources. Still other locations are open to new forms of conservation education, while others have to impose new guidelines on the lumber industry’s involvement in the bushmeat trade. Clearly, much work is still needed to identify appropriate solutions to the bushmeat crisis and facilitate the implementation of these solutions. This roundtable discussion will serve to strengthen the dialogue among African conservationists and address new means to tackle the growing bushmeat crisis.